Ilya Kaminsky

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Ilya Kaminsky
Ilya Kaminsky 4190084.jpg
Born (1977-04-18) April 18, 1977 (age 43)
Odessa
LanguageEnglish and Russian
CitizenshipAmerican
Alma mater
GenrePoetry
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.

Life[edit]

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)

Chapbooks

Editor

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

References[edit]

  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". www.news.gatech.edu. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  7. ^ Poets, Academy of American. "Academy of American Poets Fellowship | Academy of American Poets". poets.org. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  8. ^ "Ilya Kaminsky". gf.org.
  9. ^ Poetry Foundation > Previous Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship Recipients Archived 2011-01-07 at the Wayback Machine

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