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Ilya Kaminsky

b. 1977

Current City, State, Country

Atlanta, GA, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Odessa, Ukraine (formerly USSR)


Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR and came to USA in 1993 when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo) and Deaf Republic (Graywolf) as well as co-editor of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins), Homage to Paul Celan (Marick) and many other books. He has also translated books by Marina Tsvetaeva, Polina Barskova, Boris and Ludmila Khersonsky, among others. His work has received The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Guggenheim Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Published Works

Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press, 2018)
Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004)

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Current Title

Professor of Creative Writing / Princeton University


Georgetown University
Hastings College of Law, University of California