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Ilya Kaminsky: Poetry reading and conversation

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Poetry reading and Q&A with multi-award-winning poet Ilya Kaminsky

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Maynooth English Department's Poetry & Poetics series is honoured to be hosting esteemed poet Ilya Kaminsky for a poetry reading and discussion with Dr Catherine Gander and Dr Karl O'Hanlon on Friday 10th December 2021.

Ilya will be reading from his second collection Deaf Republic (US: Graywolf; UK: Faber, 2019) and first collection Dancing in Odessa (US: Tupelo Press, 2004; UK: Faber 2021), and engaging in a conversation and Q&A with the hosts and audience members.

Please join us for this very special, free online event! (The zoom webinar link will be emailed to registered attendees the day of the event.)

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived in the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government.

In addition to being the author of Deaf Republic and Dancing In Odessa, Ilya has co-edited and co-translated many books, including the Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books).

His work has won The Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The National Jewish Book Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Lannan Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets’ Fellowship, the NEA Fellowship, Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize, and has been shortlisted for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Neustadt International Literature Prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize (UK).

Deaf Republic was The New York Times’ Notable Book for 2019, and was also named Best Book of 2019 by dozens of other publications, including Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian, Irish Times, Vanity Fair, Lithub, Library Journal, and New Statesman.

His poems have been translated into over twenty languages, and his books are published in many countries, including Turkey, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. In 2019, Ilya Kaminsky was selected by the BBC as “one of the 12 artists that changed the world.”

Ilya Kaminsky has worked as a law clerk for San Francisco Legal Aid and the National Immigration Law Center. More recently, he worked pro-bono as the Court Appointed Special Advocate for Orphaned Children in Southern California.

Currently, he holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology, and lives in Atlanta.

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