Acclaimed Poet Ilya Kaminsky to Give Presentation at OSU

As part of Oregon State’s Visiting Writers series, famed poet Ilya Kaminsky will be visiting to perform a reading of his works. Kaminsky is best known for his poetry collections, which have been praised for their moving subject matter and virtuosic use of the English language. Kaminsky has been recipient of several awards, including the Dorset Prize, the Whiting Writers Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts.  

His latest work, Deaf Republic, explores the themes of defiance, solidarity and deafness, using the backdrop of a country at war as a narrative unifier. It draws from Kaminsky’s own childhood in Soviet-controlled Odessa, where the poet became deaf  from an untreated case of mumps.   

In their review, Poets and Writers Magazine called the collection “a dramatic masterwork, a parable-in-poems that confronts the darkness of war with the blazing light.” Along with the reading, Kaminsky will be sticking around for a Q&A session, followed by a book signing. 

Time and Place: Oregon State University. Learning Innovation Center, Room 128. Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 PM. Open to the public. Admission is free.  

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By Thien Nguyen