Winter With the Writers

Ilya Kaminsky

Ukrainian-born poet, critic, translator, and professor

Ilya Kaminsky: Reading, On-Stage Interview, and Signing

Event Details

Winter With the Writers welcomed Kaminsky to Rollins on February 9, 2012.

Event Photo Gallery (Flickr)

Speaker Bio

Current as of

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR, and arrived in the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which was named Best Poetry Book of 2004 by Foreword Magazine. Kaminsky’s honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Milton Center’s Award for Excellence in Writing, the Florence Kahn Memorial Award, Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize as well as their Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Philips Exeter Academy’s George Bennett Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation fellowship for poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic. In 2010 harperCollins published his anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.

He co-founded Poets For Peace, an organization which sponsors poetry readings in the United States and abroad with a goal of supporting such relief organizations as Doctors Without Borders and Survivors International. Ilya has also worked as a law clerk at the National Immigration Law Center, and more recently at Bay Area Legal Aid, helping the impoverished and homeless in solving their legal difficulties.

Currently, he teaches Literature and writing at San Diego State University and acts as Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute at The Poetry Foundation.