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LAF 2019 Marilyn Chin   LAF 2019 Ilya Kaminsky


11 AM - 12:15 PM

poet and novelist MARILYN CHIN 

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This event is made possible in part by the generosity of WACC, the World Arts and Cultures Committee of Grossmont College.




An internationally acclaimed poet, translator, and novelist, MARILYN CHIN makes her first return to the LAF since 2010 to read from her recently released and highly acclaimed new collection, A Portrait of the Self As Nation: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2018). The event will conclude with opportunities for Q&A and book signings by the author. (Copies of Chin's books will be available for purchase before and after her reading.)


About the Author

Hong Kong born, Marilyn Chin was and raised in Portland, Oregon and is a University of Iowa MFA graduate, where she would later teach in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She has since co-directed the MFA Program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University.

LAF 23 poet Marilyn ChinIn addition to having authored her offbeat coming-of-age novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (W. W. Norton, 2009), Chin has published several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (W. W. Norton, 2002); The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (Milkweed Editions, 1994), Dwarf Bamboo (Greenfiled Review Press, 1987), and the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner, Hard Love Province (W.W. Norton, 2014). Her latest, A Portrait of the Self As Nation, is a "greatest hits" collection representing the span of her distinguished career as well as new works that include feminist manifestos, love lyrics, political proclamations, and rebellion. “My poems are rebellious….It’s important for poets to be rebellious. I always want to disrupt things and do my own thing. Rebellion is part of being a good artist.” Frequently included in popular literature anthologies such as The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Chin is widely known for her critique of hyphenated cultural attributions and, in 1995, was invited by Bill Moyers to speak on identity and duality for an episode of his series, The Language of Life.Chin is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her poetry and translations, including the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, as well as five separate Pushcart Prizes.


Now a professor emerita at San Diego State University, last year, in 2018, Marilyn Chin was elected to the position of Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.





A Portrait of the Self As Nation: New and Selected Poems. W. W. Norton, 2018.

A Portrait of the Self As Nation Hard Love Province

Hard Love Province. W.W. Norton, 2014. ISBN: 978-0393351811

Rhapsody in Plain Yellow. W. W. Norton, 2002. ISBN: 978-0393324532

Rhapsody in Plain Yellow The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty

The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty. Milkweed Editions, 1994. ISBN: 978-0915943876



Dwarf Bamboo

Dwarf Bamboo. Greenfield Review Press, 1987. ISBN: 978-0912678719





Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. W. W. Norton, 2009.

Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen






Edited Anthologies



Poetics of the Body

Poetics of the Body: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Marilyn Chin, and Marilyn Hacker.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. ISBN: 978-1349383078

Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. Ed. Marilyn Chin and Victoria M. Chang. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0252071744

Asian American Poetry Dissident Song

Dissident Song: A Contemporary Asian Anthology. Ed. Marilyn Chin and DavidWong Louie. Quarry West, 1991.





Qing, Ai. The Selected Poems of Ai Qing. Trans. Marilyn Chin and Eugene Eoyang. 1985.

Selected Poems of Ai Qing Devil’s Wind

Yoshimasu, Gōzō. Devil’s Wind: A Thousand Steps or More. Trans. Marilyn Chin. Oakland University Press, 1980




American Book Review Spring 2014 Reading Series. "Marilyn Chin." YouTube. American Book Review, 1 December 2015. Readings included: "How I Got That Name," "Blues on Yellow," "25 Haiku," "Parable of the Cake," "Cougars Anonymous," and "Cicada." Duration: 31:50.

Marilyn Chin Channel. YouTube.

Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center. "Life of a Poet: Marilyn Chin." YouTube. Library of Congress, 30 January 2019. Duration: 59:36.

Zalaznick Reading Series (Cornell University). "Reading by Poet and Writer Marilyn Chin." YouTube. Cornell University English Dept., 12 November 2015. Duration: 47:14.



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This event is made possible in part by the generosity of WACC, the World Arts and Cultures Committee of Grossmont College.


Poet Ilya Kaminsky comes to Griffin Gate to read selections from his acclaimed first collection, Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press 2004) and his newly released followup collection, Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press 2019), from which selected poems have already been awarded the coveted Pushcart Prize. Following the reading, guests will be provided opportunities for Q&A and book signings. (Copies of Ilya Kaminsky's books will be available for purchase before and after his reading.) 


About the Author

LAF 23 poet Ilya KaminskyBorn in Odessa in the former Soviet Union, in 1993 Kaminsky was granted asylum with his family in the U.S.  About exile, Kaminsky states, it "is good for you if you are a poet. It teaches you that loss is also a gain. Of course, it teaches you that by beating you with a hammer on your head. You see your life from a distance; your days become your own commandments. You learn how to start your life anew." 


Kaminsky suffered dramatic hearing loss at a young age, the theme of which weaves through the poems of his two major collections and is the inspiration for the title of his latest release. Will Brewbaker of Los Angeles Review of Books applauds Deaf Republic as demonstrating a "complicated relationship with silence [which] allows Kaminsky to define deafness not in relation to hearing but rather on its own terms. In a book about power and its abuse, this point is worth taking seriously. Kaminsky demands that we reevaluate our own language — about deaf culture, about silence itself — in a time when language in the larger, cultural public square has never been more vitriolic."


Named Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine, Dancing In Odessa is the winner of the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, Poetry magazine’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. Short-listed for the Neusdadt International Literature Prize and awarded the Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship, Kaminsky is also the editor of the Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (HarperCollins 2010), and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books 2012). The author of numerous internationally published and translated works, Kaminsky also regularly appears in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.  


Ilya Kaminsky has worked as a law clerk for San Francisco Legal Aid and the National Immigration Law Center, as well as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Orphaned Children in Southern California. He is currently a professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.








Deaf Republic. Graywolf Press, 2019. ISBN:  978-1555978310

Deaf Republic Dancing in Odessa

Dancing In Odessa. Tupelo Press,  2004. ISBN: 978-1932195125.

Author’s Prayer. Broadside. Trans., Polina Barskova. Tupelo Press, 2011.

Author’s Prayer Musica Humana

Musica Humana. Chapiteau Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-1931498326

Edited Anthologies and Translations



Kaminsky, Ilya and Katherine Fowler. A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith. Tupelo Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1932195194

A God in the House Dark Elderberry Branch

Kaminsky, Ilya and Jean Valentine. Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva. Alice James Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-1882295944

Kaminsky, Ilya and Susan Harris, eds. The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. Ecco, 2010. ISBN: 978-0061583247

The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry Homage to Paul Celan.

Kaminsky, Ilya and G.C. Waldrep. Homage to Paul Celan. Marick Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1934851357



Gossip and Metaphysics

Kaminsky, Ilya, Katie Farris, and Valzhyna Mort. Gossip and Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose. Tupelo Press, 2019. ISBN: 978-1936797479





"Ilya Kaminsky - NPF [New Play Festival] 2018." Vimeo. Duration: 15:47.

UC Berkeley Events. "Lunch Poems—Ilya Kaminsky." YouTube. Posted 8 October 2008. Duration: 42:46.

Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard University). "Deaf Republic: A Performance by Ilya Kaminsky." YouTube. Posted 7 March 2019. Duration: 01:00:43.

University of Chicago. "The Offen Poetry Prize Reading featuring Ilya Kaminsky." YouTube. Posted 29 November 2012. Duration: 36:22.



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