Friday, June 13, 2008

McSweeney's Believes in Ilya Kaminsky

Dave Eggers, indie publishing guru, writer, and editor of Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, just became a few degrees cooler when including two new poems by SDSU's Ilya Kaminsky in the May edition of his monthly magazine, The Believer. Kaminsky's poems rest alongside interviews with
David Cross, Richard Price and Julie Hecht, columns by Nick Hornby and Amy Sedaris, an essay by Alexander Provan, stories by Sarah Manguso and Per Petterson, and poetry by Mary Ruefle and Dean Young.
Kaminsky garnered critical acclaim with the publication of his 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, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named 2004 Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine.

Read Kaminsky's two new poems, Old Mosquito and Mother's Piano's, both appearing below, but keep in mind that they read way better with the magazine in hand. The Believer may be bought online, or (as I prefer), at any number of local book stores such as Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest.

Kaminsky received a fellowship to join other top notch writers and artists this August at Vermont Studio Center.

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