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Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center to Host Ilya Kaminsky Poetry Reading

Marcus Donaldson

Internationally acclaimed poet Ilya Kaminsky will read works as part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center’s Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Room 306, Kent Student Center.

David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, notes how excited the center is to bring a Ukrainian-born, Russian-Jewish-American poet to Kent State, who bridges the newer Russian literary tradition with a contemporary American aesthetic.

“His poems create correspondences in the air across borders of language and culture, promoting a global citizenship informed by the intimate voice of poetry,” Hassler says.

Born in Odessa, in the former Soviet Union, in 1977, Kaminsky and his family arrived to the States in 1993 after being granted asylum by the United States government. In 2002, the Tupelo Press published Kaminsky’s Dancing In Odessa, a book of poems that draw on his experiences in Odessa.

In 2004, ForeWord Magazine named Dancing In Odessa Best Poetry Book of the Year. The book also 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.

More recently, Kaminsky received acclaim for his manuscript “Deaf Republic.” The manuscript earned the Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship Poems for selected works. He also was awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize.

In addition to his original works, Kaminsky has served as editor and translator for the anthology of 20th century poetry, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, which was published in March 2010 by Harper Collins.

Kaminsky’s work has been translated into several 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.

Kaminsky currently teaches English and comparative literature at San Diego State University.

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