February 05, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Ilya Kaminsky will visit Bucknell University as the featured writer in the Fifth Annual Drew Darrow Memorial Reading Sunday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The reading, which is free to the public, is co-hosted by the Writing Center and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell, with support from Drew Darrow's family and friends and the Bucknell Association for the Arts.

Kaminsky has received many prestigious awards including the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. 

His first book, Dancing in Odessa, was named Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. In addition to his chapbook, Musica Humana, Kaminsky's poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. 

A native of Odessa in the former Soviet Union, Kaminsky teaches in the graduate writing program at San Diego State University. He has served as Writer in Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and has practiced law on behalf of immigrants, the impoverished and the homeless.

He is an alumnus of the Bucknell Seminar for Young Poets, a three-week summer program that provides an opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets.

Kaminsky also will participate in a Writers at Work session Monday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 200G in Roberts Hall. Sponsored by the Writing Center, the Writers at Work bag-lunch series facilitates informal conversation between writers and interested members of the campus community and public.

The Drew Darrow Memorial Reading Series honors the memory of Drew Darrow, a student employee of Bucknell's Writing Center. After graduating from Bucknell in 1986 Darrow worked as an actor in New York City. He died in 1997.

For more information about Kaminsky's visit to Bucknell, contact the Writing Center at 570-577-3141.

Posted Feb. 5, 2007

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