Graywolf's 45th Anniversary

Ilya Kaminsky, Danez Smith, and Fanny Howe

Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre

“Evident throughout [Deaf Republic] is a profound imagination, matched only by the poet’s ability to create a republic of conscience that is ultimately ours, too, and utterly his own—a map of what it means to live ‘in a peaceful country.”    —Kevin Young, The New Yorker

Three poets with Graywolf Press read their work in a celebration of the press’s 45th anniversary and the opening of the 51st season of the O.B. Hardison Poetry series.

Fanny Howe has written more than 30 works of poetry and prose, including Love and I, The Needle's Eye, Come and See, and The Winter Sun. Her Second Childhood was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her fiction has been honored as a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. Her latest collection is Love and I: Poems (2019).

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Deaf Republic, Dancing in Odessa, and the co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He has received a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead was the winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award.  [insert] boy was awarded the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Smith’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020. 

From Alfonso Stands Answerable

Whoever listens:
thank you for the feather on my tongue,

thank you for our argument that ends, thank you for deafness,
Lord, such fire

from a match you never lit.

Excerpt from “Alfonso Stands Answerable” from Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky © 2019 by Ilya Kaminsky. Used with permission of Graywolf Press.

This reading is co-sponsored with Graywolf Press.