Literary Café presents An Evening of Poetry with Ilya Kaminsky
Tue, June 4, 2019 7:00 pm
Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Ilya Kaminsky, the Russian-Jewish poet and author of Dancing in Odessa, will read selections of his work. The evening will include a reading by local poet Heather Altfelt, a Q&A, and book signings.
Ilya Kaminsky, a Russian Jew, was born in Odessa (in the former Soviet Union) in 1977 and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government.
He has been awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Lannan Foundation's Literary Fellowship.
His last book, Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press), won the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine.
Poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. (Kaminsky lost his hearing at an early age.) Recently, he was on the short-list for Neustadt International Literature Prize.
His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.
ABOUT HEATHER ALTFELT
Heather Altfeld is a poet and essayist. Her first book of poetry, “The Disappearing Theatre” won the Poets at Work Prize, selected by Stephen Dunn. Her poems and essays appear in Conjunctions, Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, The Los Angeles Review, and other literary journals. She currently teaches in the Honors Program and for the Comparative Religion and Humanities Department at California State University, Chico.
“I don’t write in a language in which I have ever heard lullabies as a child. My English is the world I make as I go. It is already a private language, an imaginary language. Already a wreckage. My job is to find, among those wreckages, what is beautiful, what might have lasting value (however mistaken I might be about that value) what is worth learning by heart, repeating, becoming a spell. That is the goal.” —Ilya Kaminsky
Click Here to view Ilya Kaminsky in The New York Times
In partnership with Marin Poetry Center