Ilya Kaminsky

Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer

Thursday, September 24

Due to complications related to Covid-19, all of Kaminsky’s events will be held virtually. You can sign up for a virtual event(s) on the Event Sign Up page.

All events will have real-time captioning available.


10-11 am

A GoogleMeet event. Sign up for event invite.

Craft Talk

3-4 pm

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7:30-8:30 pm

With Andreas Graduate Assistant Kayla Lutes

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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 of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.

Originally from Louisville, Kuntucky, 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. Read an exert from Lutes, “Lilacs in Memoriam”.