Lamont Poet Ilya Kaminsky

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On October 14th & 15th, award-winning Lamont Poet Ilya Kaminsky will meet with students for a virtual reading and Q&A as part of Phillip Exeter Academy’s 2020-2021 Lamont Poetry Series.   

Kaminsky was a Phillips Exeter George Bennett Fellow and writer-in-residence from 1999-2000. He is the author of Deaf Republic and Dancing In Odessa and co-editor and co-translator of many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva.

His work won The Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The National Jewish Book Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Lannan Fellowship, Academy of American Poets’ Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize, and was also shortlisted for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Neustadt International Literature Prize, and T.S. Eliot Prize (UK).

Deaf Republic was The New York Times’ Notable Book for 2019, and was also named Best Book of 2019 by dozens of other publications. In 2019, Kaminsky was selected by BBC as “one of the 12 artists that changed the world.” Currently, he holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta.

Kaminsky’s reading will be recorded for the community and be made available at a later date.