Poet Ilya Kaminsky to read Sept. 25-26
September 2008—The popular Russian-born poet Ilya Kaminsky, who has been compared with the poets Joseph Brodsky and Czeslaw Milosz, will give two readings at Texas State Sept. 25-26.
On Thursday, Sept. 25, Kaminsky will read at 3:30 p.m. in the University Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407. On Friday, Sept. 26, he will read at 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, 508 Center Street, Kyle. Both events are free and open to the public.
|More information about Kaminsky is available from his web site: http://www.ilyakaminsky.com/|
“Kaminsky is amazingly masterful, especially considering his youth and the facts that he is deaf and has been living in an English-speaking country for only 15 years,” said Texas State English Professor Paul Cohen. “He is also a lawyer and has done much work for the public good.”
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Kaminsky's work in Russian was chosen for "Bunker Poetico" at the Venice Bienial Festival in Italy. In the late 1990s, he co-founded Poets for Peace, an organization that sponsors poetry readings in the United States and abroad with a goal of supporting such relief organizations as Doctors Without Borders and Survivors International.
Kaminsky has served as a Writer in Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and has taught poetry at numerous literary centers. He has also worked as a law clerk at the National Immigration Law Center and, more recently, at Bay Area Legal Aid, helping impoverished and homeless people in solving their legal problems.
Kaminsky teaches Contemporary World Poetry, Creative Writing, and Literary Translation in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University. More information about Kaminsky is available from his web site: http://www.ilyakaminsky.com/.