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Ilya Kaminsky, Editor of Gossip & Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems & Prose, Author of Dancing in Odessa, Author's Prayer Broadside, Editor of This Lamentable City and A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith

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Ilya Kaminsky
Ilya Kaminsky’s Gossip & Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems & ProseIlya Kaminsky’s Dancing in OdessaIlya Kaminsky’s Author's Prayer BroadsideIlya Kaminsky’s This Lamentable CityIlya Kaminsky’s A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith


Ilya Kaminsky is author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo, 2004) and co-editor of The Ecco Book of International Poetry (2010) and editor of This Lamentable City: Poems of Polina Barskova (Tupelo, 2010). He teaches at San Diego State University and in the New England College M.F.A. Program. He lives in San Diego, California.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and is now widely regarded as the most exciting young poet in America. In 1993, his family received asylum from the American government and came to the United States. Ilya received his BA from Georgetown University and subsequently became the youngest person ever to serve as George Bennet Fellow Writer in Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy. Dancing in Odessa is his first full length book. In 2005 alone, Ilya Kaminsky won Whiting Prize, the 2005 Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2005 Foreword Poetry Book of the Year award.



The San Diego Reader featured a cover photo and article on Ilya Kaminsky, titled “Tie This Guy Up, Make Sure He Stays at SDSU”. Here's a sample:
So this is how a Ukrainian poet from the city of Odessa came to live in San Diego. He got his appointment at SDSU because heís a poet and on the reputation, the strength, of his first book, published when he was only 28, called, appropriately, Dancing in Odessa. It won the Dorset Prize and was published by Tupelo Press, one of the best independent publishers of poetry in the country. It also picked up a couple of other prizes after publication. Itís an astonishingly good book, not just a good first book, or a good book by a young poet, but an astonishingly good book. Period. I could go on about why I think so, but this is not a book review. If it were, the last sentence of the review would be ‘Read this book!’

If you would like to book a reading with Ilya Kaminsky, please contact Alison Granucci ( at Blue Flower Arts.'
Ilya is currently an advisor to Poetry'
The Seattle Post Intelligencer has a must read feature on the Tupelo Press author of Dancing in Odessa.'
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Interview with Ilya Kaminsky in The Adirondack Review.'
A wonderful review and enlightening description of Kaminsky's chapbook Musica Humana
A book review in The Adirondack Review.
Reviews of Ilya Kaminsky's Gossip & Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems & Prose
Reviews of Ilya Kaminsky's Dancing in Odessa
Reviews of Ilya Kaminsky's This Lamentable City
Reviews of Ilya Kaminsky's A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith