Ilya Kaminsky

Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer

Thursday, September 24


10-11 am

Emy Frentz Arts Guild | 523 S 2nd St, Mankato


Craft Talk

3-4 pm

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union | Minnesota State University, Mankato

Books will be available for purchase



7:30-8:30 pm

Rooms 245, Centennial Student Union | Minnesota State University, Mankato

            With Andreas Graduate Assistant Kayla Lutes

Real-time Captioning provided

Books will be available for purchase


Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union, and arrived in the U.S. in 1993, when his family was granted political asylum.  He is the author of Deaf Republic (2019), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf and LA Times Book Awards, and Dancing in Odessa (2004), which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, and the Dorset Prize.  He is the editor of the Ecco Anthology of International Poetry and editor-in-chief of Poetry International.  His many honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.


Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Kayla Lutes is an MFA candidate in fiction at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  There, she teaches creative writing as the Andreas Graduate Assistant and co-manages the Blue Earth Review.  She is inspired by history, travel, and every day grace.  She has been published in the Asbury Review, Jessamine Journal, and Woven Tale Press.