The Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series: Ilya Kaminsky and Jodi Angel

The Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series: Ilya Kaminsky and Jodi Angel

The Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series: Ilya Kaminsky and Jodi Angel

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  • Friday, February 24, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Manchester Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




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. Kaminsky is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which won 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. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year 2004 by ForeWord Magazine. In 2008, Kaminsky was awarded Lannan Foundation's Literary Fellowship. In 2009, poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. His anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, was published by Harper Collins in 2010. Currently, he teaches Contemporary World Poetry, Creative Writing, and Literary Translation in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University. He lives in San Diego, Califonia with his beautiful wife, Katie Farris.

Jodi Angel’s first collection of short stories, The History of Vegas, was published in 2005 by Chronicle Books. The collection was named as a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005 as well as a LA Times Book Review Discovery. Her short story “Portions” was selected for Special Mention for the 2007 Pushcart Prize and has also been adapted into an independent short film. Her work has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story and Sycamore Review, among other publications. She currently teaches literature and fiction writing at UC Davis and Sacramento City College. Of Angel’s collection, Melanie Thorne says, “Her honesty lacks a self-pity that could make some of these stories seem melodramatic; the tone is just right. These are observational, strong voiced narrators simply sharing their stories of abandonment and hopeless futures and revealing their lives in lonely apartments.”

A reception and book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

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