Vespers 28 – MONDAY 1 July 2019



A tremendous line-up is in store for our July event: Ilya Kaminsky, Sheila Templeton and Anne-Laure Coxam. It’s at the Scottish Poetry Library (5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT) as usual, 7pm doors open (and the donation bar), readings start at 7.30pm, £3 entry, £1 for a raffle ticket.

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Arc, 2014; originally Tupelo Press 2004) and Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press/Faber), which has been shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize and is the Summer 2019 Poetry Book Society Choice. You can hear (and/or read) an adaptation of it on Radio 4’s Book of the Week programme, available on iPlayer at this link – . He has also co-edited and co-translated many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books). His awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Lannan Foundation’s Fellowship and the NEA Fellowship. His poems regularly appear in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He has also been awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize. Dancing In Odessa was named the Best Book of the Year by Foreword magazine. Recently, he was on the short-list for Neustadt International Literature Prize. His poems have been translated over twenty languages, and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.

Anne Laure Coxam is an Edinburgh based poet from France. She has had work published in Local Tongue, LIT, Valve, Zarf, DATABLEED, Poetry Scotland and in the anthology Umbrellas of Edinburgh. Her first pamphlet, Toolbox Therapy, was published by Sad Press in the autumn of 2016.

Sheila Templeton writes in both Scots and English. She has won the McCash Scots Language Poetry Competition twice and the Robert McLellan Poetry Competition. She has just been named this year’s winner of the Neil Gunn Writing Competition’s Adult Poetry Section. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. From 2010 to 2011, she was the Makar of the Federation of Writers Scotland. She currently lives in Glasgow. Gaitherin (Red Squirrel Press) is her fourth poetry collection.

All compered by the Vespers team

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