Winter With the Writers

National Book Award Finalists

Event Details
Joint Reading with the two NBA Finalists, Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Ilya Kaminsky

Event Details

Special Presentation by the National Book Foundation
National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas will discuss the state of the art of literature in America on February 26 at 5 p.m. in the Rollins College Galloway Room

Joint Reading with the two NBA Finalists, Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Ilya Kaminsky: February 27, 7:30 p.m. Bush Auditorium

Master Class with Kali Fajardo-Anstine:  February 27, 2 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium
Master Class with Ilya Kaminsky: February 27, 4 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium 


Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the NBA in Fiction. Sabrina & Corina was selected as a campus one-read by the University of Colorado and Regis University. Fajardo-Anstine’s fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Fajardo-Anstine has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming and is from Denver, Colorado.


Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky will teach a Master Class titled Correspondences in the Air: how poets speak to, learn from, and steal from other poets. The class will look at various poets from around the world and discuss ways in which they influence one another. If Shakespeare learned from Ovid and Greek drama, if Whitman & Dickinson learned from the Bible and Hymns, if Eliot learned from the French, if many American poets of 60s and 70s learned from Polish poets and Latin American poets-- what about us, our contemporaries? Where is our place in this conversation? What can we take from it for our own work?

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 NBA for Poetry, which Kevin Young, writing in The New Yorker, called a work of “profound imagination.” Poems from Deaf Republic were awarded Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. Kaminsky is also the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), and Musica Humana (Chapiteau Press, 2002).

Kaminsky has won the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and the Foreword Magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year award. Recently, he was on the short-list for the Neusdadt 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. His poems have been compared to work by Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Marina Tsvetaeva.



This will be the fifth event of Rollins College’s partnership with the National Book Foundation.  Rollins represents the Southeastern region of the Foundation’s on-campus program, with Amherst College representing the Northeast, Concordia College representing the Midwest, and Sam Houston State in Texas representing the Southwest.  Visit the NBA on Campus website for more information.

The joint reading will be streamed on this page as well as the National Book Foundation website.  It will be followed by a moderated Q & A. It will also be made available to the 380,000 Twitter followers of the NBF.