Pulitzer poet Yusef Komunyakaa to deliver final Scholars' Convocation

Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Writers@Grinnell will welcome three interdisciplinary and intercultural writers during April readings on the Grinnell College campus.

On Apr. 7, Russian poet Ilya Kaminsky and novelist Gary Shteyngart will read from their published works during interdisciplinary events in Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

Kaminsky, who will read at 4:15 p.m., is the author of “Dancing In Odessa” which was recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Poetry and ForeWord magazines. Last year he published an anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, and in 2009, poems from his manuscript “Deaf Republic,” were awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize.

Shteyngart, who will read at 8 p.m., was named one of The New Yorker magazine’s “20 under 40” luminary fiction writers in 2010. His novels, including “Absurdistan” and “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook,” have received high praise from The Guardian, New York Times Book Review, Time, and the Washington Post. Both events are co-sponsored by the Department of Russian.

Writers@Grinnell will sponsor an Apr. 28 Scholars’ Convocation by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, whose poetry first received attention in 1984 for use of colloquial speech with jazz influences. Komunyakaa earned a Bronze Star from service in Vietnam, and his writing about the war has been cited among the best of the genre. His convocation reading will be at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center on the Grinnell campus.

On May 12, Writers@Grinnell will also host a reading by student writers for The Grinnell Review, the college’s literary journal, at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.

Works by the authors are available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. The college welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please call 641-269-3235 as soon as possible to make a request.

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