Pearl Andelson Sherry Memorial Presents Ilya Kaminsky

April 1, 2021 6:00PM
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Poetry reading and conversation with Ilya Kaminsky. Moderated by Rachel Galvin. As part of UChicago's Literary Arts Lab.



Ilya Kaminsky is the author of the  widely acclaimed Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry, 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 is also the author of 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 The Foreword Magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year award. Recently, 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 Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and 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.

Rachel Galvin is the author of the poetry collections Elevated Threat Level (2018), a finalist for the National Poetry Series and Alice James Books’ Kinereth Gensler Award, and Pulleys & Locomotion (2009). Her translations include Raymond Queneau's Hitting the Streets (2013), winner of the the 2014 Scott Moncrieff Prize, and Argentinian poet Oliverio Girondo's Decals: Complete Early Poetry (2018), with Harris Feinsod. Her poems and translations appear in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, MAKE, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and Poetry, and her essays appear in Boston Review, Comparative Literature Studies, ELH, Jacket 2, Los Angeles Review of Books, MLN, and Modernism/modernity.

Galvin is also the author of a book of literary criticism, News of War: Civilian Poetry, 1936-1945 (2018), and the co-editor, with Bonnie Costello, of Auden at Work (2015). She is an associate professor at the University of Chicago.