Ilya Kaminsky

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Ilya Kaminsky
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Born (1977-04-18) April 18, 1977 (age 43)
LanguageEnglish and Russian
Alma mater
SpouseKatie Farris

Ilya Kaminsky (born April 18, 1977) is a hard-of-hearing, USSR-born, Ukrainian-Russian-Jewish-American poet, critic, translator and professor. He is best-known for his poetry collections Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic, which have earned him several awards.


Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union (now Ukraine), on April 18, 1977 to a Jewish family.[1] He became hard of hearing at the age of four due to mumps.[1] He began to write poetry as a teenager in Odessa, publishing a chapbook in Russian entitled The Blessed City.[2] His family was granted political asylum to live in the United States in 1993 due to anti-semitism in Ukraine.[3] He started to write poems in English in 1994.[4]

His first book in English, Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), received several literary awards.[5]

Kaminsky has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He has worked as a professor at the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts since 2018.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

Published works[edit]

Poetry Collections[edit]

  • Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004) ISBN 978-1-932195-12-5
  • Музыка народов ветра (Ailuros Publishing, 2012; translated into Russian by Anastassiya Afanassieva) ISBN 978-0-9838762-8-1
  • Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019)



  • "Ecco Anthology of International Poetry" (Harper Collins, 2010)


  1. ^ a b Armitstead, Claire (2019-07-19). "'I will never hear my father's voice': Ilya Kaminsky on deafness and escaping the Soviet Union". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  2. ^ The Centrum Writers Exchange- August 1, 2008 - The Sunlight of Odessa: Poet Ilya Kaminsky by Jordan Hartt Archived May 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Kaminsky, Ilya (2019-02-11). ""Deaf Republic"". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  4. ^ Foundation, Poetry (2019-11-16). "Ilya Kaminsky". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  5. ^ "ForeWord Magazine - Book Of The Year Awards - 2004 Finalists Print Out". Foreword Reviews. 19 May 2006. Archived from the original on 19 May 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Georgia Tech Poet Ilya Kaminsky Named Finalist for National Book Award". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  7. ^ Poets, Academy of American. "Academy of American Poets Fellowship | Academy of American Poets". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  8. ^ "Ilya Kaminsky".
  9. ^ Poetry Foundation > Previous Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship Recipients Archived 2011-01-07 at the Wayback Machine

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