Keynote Announcement: Ilya Kaminsky

Photograph from Georgia Tech

Born in Odessa, Ukraine when it was still part of the Soviet Union, Ilya Kaminsky moved to the United States in 1993 when his family was granted asylum. Declared “one of the 12 artists who changed the world” by the BBC, his accessible yet probing work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lost most of his hearing at the age of four and his most award-winning collection, Deaf Republic, mixes narrative, fable and poetry to examine censorship and silence while finding power in disability. Sometimes described as “the Beatles of the poetry world,” Kaminsky’s performative reading at Switchyard will transform the way you think about language, sound, and beauty.  

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Register now to join us for this event as well as dozens of other sessions featuring keynotes, artist conversations, roundtable discussions, musical performances, and much more. Conference events will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tulsa, which has made a special rate available for festival attendees.

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