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Ilya Kaminsky & Katie Farris
Dec 4 2019 - 7:00pm

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of SDSU’s MFA in Creative Writing!

Please join us on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm in Love Library 430 (Leon Williams Room) for a reading by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris​.

Award-winning authors, Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky, will read from their most recent publications. Katie Farris is the author of boysgirls, (Marick Press, 2011) which has been lauded as “truly innovative,” (Prague Post), “a tour de force” (Robert Coover, PEN/Faulkner Award-winner), and “a book with gigantic scope,” (Louisville Courier-Journal), and Mother Superior in Hell (Dancing Girl Press, 2018). Recently, her translations in New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012 (Tupelo Press) received Poetry East/West's International Translation Award. Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press, 2019) and Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004). 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.  

Come giddy yourself atop these sheer drops.

Come shake victorious with delirium tremens and carpe diem.

Come frolic with bared teeth.

            --Katie Farris


On earth

a man cannot flip a finger at the sky


because each man is already

a finger flipped at the sky.

            --Ilya Kaminsky


This reading is free and open to the public.

Parking at SDSU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFeYz7WgowM&feature=youtu.be

Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris