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Sept. 7, 2004

Russian Poet Kaminsky Reads For IWP At UI Sept. 20

Russian poet Ilya Kaminsky will read from his award-winning collection, "Dancing in Odessa," at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Shambaugh House on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, presented by the International Writing Program (IWP), is free and the public is invited to attend.

The book, winner of the 2002 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, is the work of a Russian immigrant who came to America only a few years ago without knowing a single word of English.

A rising poetic star, Kaminsky was born in Odessa, in the former Soviet Union. He has received the Ruth Lilly fellowship from Poetry magazine and was the youngest person appointed writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy. Kaminsky, who is also almost totally deaf, is studying to become a lawyer.

Thirty-nine writers, representing 28 countries, will be in residence at the University of Iowa during the next three months as participants in the IWP. The IWP is a unique residency program that each year promotes international understanding by assembling a "United Nations of writing" at the UI. Over the years, more than a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

Shambaugh House, the headquarters of the IWP, is located 430 N. Clinton Street, at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets on the UI campus.

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