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The Poetry Review Summer Launch

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 7:30 pm9:00 pm

L to r: Mary Jean Chan (photo: Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society); Ilya Kaminsky; Suji Kwock Kim.
L to r: Mary Jean Chan (photo: Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society); Ilya Kaminsky; Suji Kwock Kim.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED: please email [email protected] to be put on the waiting list, and we’ll let you know if a place becomes available. 

Please join us in The Poetry Café as we celebrate the launch of the Summer issue of The Poetry Review.

Introduced by Editor Emily Berry, our exciting line-up of readers will be Ilya Kaminsky, Suji Kwock Kim and Mary Jean Chan.

• Doors open at 7pm, readings from 7.30pm. 

About the readers

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. His latest acclaimed collection Deaf Republic (Faber, 2019) has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. His previous books include Dancing in Odessa (Arc, 2014) and, as co-editor, The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Ecco, 2010). 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 twenty languages.

Suji Kwock Kim

Suji Kwock Kim’s parents and grandparents were all born in what is now North Korea, where her grandfather, uncle, aunt and cousins still live. She is author of Notes from the Divided Country, which won the Addison Metcalf Award, the Walt Whitman Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers/ Northern California Book Award, and was a finalist for the Griffin Prize. Her chapbook, Notes from the North, was a winner in the 2018/2019 Poetry Business International Book and Pamphlet Competition. Her play Private Property was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, London Magazine, Poetry London, the New York Times, the Paris Review and elsewhere, and has been performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, recorded for National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She lives in London.

Mary Jean Chan

Mary Jean Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is the author of A Hurry of English (ignition, 2017), a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, and Flèche (Faber, 2019 – forthcoming), her debut full-length collection, which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She won second prize in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted in the Forward Prize Best Single Poem category twice. A Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, she lives in London.