A special one-day workshop with Ilya Kaminsky
On this one-day workshop, we will look at the work of poets from other traditions, from around the world, and discuss various ways on which they can influence our own. If Shakespeare learned from Ovid and Ancient Greek drama, if Whitman & Dickinson learned from the Bible and hymns, if Eliot learned from the French, if many contemporary American and British poets learned from East European poets and South American poets — what about us? Where is our place in this conversation? What can we take from it for our work? How do poets influence each other? How do poets learn? In this class, we will consider several examples of poetic “conversations”, and we will also discuss each other’s work on a line-by-line basis. Finally, every class member will receive an individual reading list based on the work they have submitted to this workshop.
Tuesday 2 July, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.
More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.
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About Ilya Kaminsky View Profile
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. Ilya is the author of Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press) and Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press). He has also co-edited and co-translated many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books). His awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Lannan Foundation’s Fellowship and the NEA Fellowship. His poems regularly appear in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He has also been awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize. Dancing In Odessa was named the Best Book of the Year by Foreword magazine. Recently, he was on the short-list for Neustadt International Literature Prize. His poems have been translated over twenty languages, and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. Kaminsky has worked as a law clerk for San Francisco Legal Aid and the National Immigration Law Center. He currently works as the Court Appointed Special Advocate for Orphaned Children in Southern California. Currently, he holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta.
‘I never realised I was ‘passionate about words’ before until our tutor described us, our group, as ‘obviously’ like this. It was a lightbulb moment!’