An Evening of Poetry with Ilya Kaminsky & AQP!
Please join us for an evening of poetry featuring
w/ Katie Farris, Barbara Hill, & Robert Overbey!
About Ilya Kaminsky's DEAF REPUBLIC
Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear—they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.
ILYA KAMINSKY was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. His new book, Deaf Republic, is a parable-in-poems, will be published by Graywolf Press in March 2019. The book opens when a boy is killed by soldiers breaking up the protest. The gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--all have gone deaf, and their dissent is coordinated by sign language.
Kaminsky's earlier collection of poems, Dancing in Odessa, was published by Tupelo Press and received international acclaim. "With his magical style in English," stated the American Academy of Arts and Letters, "Kaminsky's poems in Dancing in Odessa, seem like a literary counterpart to Chagall in which laws of gravity have been suspended and colors reassigned, but only to make everyday reality that much ore indelible. His imagination is so transformative that we respond with equal measures of grief and exhilaration."
Kaminsky is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, Whiting Writer's Award, Lannan Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Dorset Prize, and Poetry magazine's Levinson prize. Recently, Kaminsky was on the short-list for Neusdadt International Literature Prize.
He has translated several books of poetry, most recently Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, on which he collaborated with the poet Jean Valentine. His acclaimed anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, published by Harper Collins, was called "a modern classic," and is taught in universities around the world. Kaminsky's poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Mecedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.
KATIE FARRIS’s poetry, fictions, and translations have appeared in various journals, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Western Humanities Review, Verse, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Gulf Coast, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her work has been translated into Lithuanian, and most recently into Spanish by Pura López-Colomé. In 2017, she won the Orison Anthology Award in Fiction.
BARBARA HILL lives in Stonington, CT near the Long Island Sound. She has also lived in Maine, Chicago, Boston, Provincetown, Santa Fe and Scotland. Writing poetry has been a life long practice. Travel helps her to write as does dreaming and watching animals and people. She has had poems published in Santa Fe Literary Review and other magazines. Her first chapbook is forthcoming from AQP.
ROBERT OVERBEY is a writer of mostly short fiction. His stories have appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, Sakura Review, and Paris Lit Up. His debut collection, A Life Without Seasons and Other Stories, was published by AQ Press in 2016. He received a BFA in writing from Goddard College. He lives in New York City.
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104