Ilya Kaminsky, 42nd Annual ODU Literary Festival


IIya Kaminsky

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theatre

Author/Artist Bio

Ilya Kaminsky wrote the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019), 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. He also wrote 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 Foreword Magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year award. 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 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


Kaminsky's reading of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa took place on Monday, October 7, at 1 p.m. in the University Theatre.


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