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Fall 2020 Lamont Poet
Lamont Poet Ilya Kaminsky
Reading and Q & A with PEA students
October 14th & 15th (virtual)
On October 14th & 15h, award-winning Lamont Poet Ilya Kaminsky
will meet with students for a virtual reading and Q&A as part of Phillip Exeter Academy’s 2020-2021 Lamont Poetry Series
Kaminsky is the author of Deaf Republic
and Dancing In Odessa
and co-editor and co-translator of many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry
and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva
His work won The Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The National Jewish Book Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, Lannan Fellowship, Academy of American Poets’ Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, Poetry
magazine's Levinson Prize, and was also shortlisted for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Neustadt International Literature Prize, and T.S. Eliot Prize (UK).
was The New York Times’ Notable Book for 2019
, and was also named Best Book of 2019 by dozens of other publications. In 2019, Kaminsky was selected by BBC as “one of the 12 artists that changed the world
.” Currently, he holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta.
Photo credit: Cybele Knowles
Lamont Poetry Series
The Lamont Fund, established in 1982 by Corliss Lamont, Class of 1920, and Jacquelyn Thomas, former Academy Librarian, supports the Academy Library's Lamont Poetry Series. Two poets are invited each year to give readings of their poetry and to attend English classes.
The first Lamont Poet, on April 27, 1983, was Jorge Luis Borges. He has been followed by more than 50 others, ranging from Denise Levertov and Seamus Heaney to Yusef Komunyakaa and C.K. Williams.
Each visiting poet is photographed and asked to present the library with a manuscript poem. These are then framed and hung in the Special Collections department on the fourth floor of the library.