OLD PROGRAM UPDATES
-05/09/05 - We are sorry to report that Mary Gaitskill will not be joining us in
Russia this year. She has canceled because of a personal matter. But we are
very pleased to announce that in her place, and on very late notice,
Jonathan Dee - staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, author of
the novel Palladio, and a much-admired instructor in the writing
programs at Columbia and The New School - will teach the first session fiction
-04/05/05 - The 2005 SLS/Fence Contest Winners have
been chosen: First place in Fiction, Diane Greco for "Alberto,
A Case History"; First place in Poetry, Deborah Bernhardt for
"Apology Is Red Up Like This," "There Is No Towards," and "Scanning, With The
Eye". Click on contest to read about all the
-04/04/05 - The New York Times calls SLS 2005 Writer-in-Residence
William T. Vollmann's new novel, Europe Central, set in large
part in the former Soviet Union, his best book yet. Read about it here.
-03/29/05 - While we are sorry to report that Jonathan Lethem has had to
postpone his attendance at SLS Russia for one year for personal issues,
Stephen Elliott, author of four novels, including last year's smash Happy
Baby will be teaching a fiction workshop.
-03/08/05 - all entries are in for The 2005 Summer Literary Seminarss
Fiction and Poetry Contests, in Affiliation with Fence Magazine.
Winners of the contest will be announced by April 6th.
Please go here for contest details.
-02/21/05 - New pictures added to the 2003 and 2004
Snapshot galleries - stay tuned for more, and please send yours in, if
you haven't already - we'd like to keep this good tradition going!
-01/15/05 - We would like to welcome the newest addition to our illustrious
roster of SLS 2005 Editors-in-Residence: Fiona
Maazel, the Managing Editor of
The Paris Review. We are delighted to have her on board.
-12/14/04 - The essay collection Amerika:
Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey
Archive Press, 2004), edited by Mikhail Iossel and Jeff Parker, gets a
favorable review by The Moscow Times. Read the full text of the review
here (in English).
-12/08/04 - SLS is happy to announce its participation in the annual Blue
Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival - one of the largest in
North America. Some of the world's most acclaimed writers and poets will attend
its 2005 program, including several permanent SLS faculty members (Josip
Novakovich, Binyavanga Wainaina, others TBA). The dates: March 30 - April 4,
2005. For more information, as it becomes available, please visit the Blue Met
there - come join us in the continent's grooviest city!
-10/18/04 - Kenya's Art Scene comes to life with recent Government Support --
Featuring SLS 04/05 faculty member Binyavanga Wainana:
read about it in Newsweek.
-10/16/04 - SLS happily announces the inclusion of William Vollmann in the SLS
2005 Faculty. He will be attending as a guest lecturer and speaking on his
current writings (involving Russia!) and other projects.
-10/09/04 - SLS joins in mourning the family of Jacques Levy, an educator, a
theater director and a lyricist, who lit up SLS 2003 with the stories and
lyrics he and Bob Dylan wrote together. His many accomplishments as a writer
for the stage and many other venues are recounted in a New York Times obituary
available here. He died Thursday, October 7, 2004.
-10/03/04 - SLS 2005 tentative faculty announced;
many more to follow.
-10/03/04 - Dmitry Kuzmin (a frequent SLS lecturer), Yekaterina Sadur, and
Alexander Ulanov visit the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
Read about it in The Moscow Times.
-10/02/04 - An SLS lecturer Andrei Zorin (with Alexei Khanutin) films a movie
based on his famous lectures about the mythology of Vodka.
Read about it Russian Version in Polit.ru.
-9/19/04 - The New York Times loves longtime SLS faculty member Josip
Novakovich's new novel! Read their review here.
-9/10/04 - Linor Goralik, an SLS lecturer, has published a collection of
jottings on everything from cat food to the future of Russian literature.
Click here to read about it in The Moscow Times.
Dalkey Archive Press has published
Amerika: Essays by Russian Writers on the U.S., edited by SLS
directors Mikhail Iossel and Jeff Parker. A table of contents, the contributors
notes, and additional essays from this volume are available
-4/25/04 - SLS is pleased to announce that poet and translator
Mark Halperin will be returning to SLS this year. In the second session
he will be teaching the translation workshop as well as a mini-workshop on
-4/25/04 - The SLS Handbook and visa application instructions are now available
this link--the detailed SLS 2004 schedule soon to follow.
-4/24/04 - Attention all 2004 SLS participants, please make sure your passports
have been FAXed to the SLS office by now.
-4/05/04 - We're saddened to announce that one of the oldest and closest friends
of SLS, Josip Novakovich, will be unable to participate in this summer's
program. We wish him a wealth of literary inspiration in the months ahead --
and look forward to seeing him again soon: in Russia, in Kenya, in New York, in
State College... and elsewhere.
We couldn't be happier to announce that the second-session fiction workshop this
summer will be led by one of our favorite American writers --
-4/01/04 - All right, the contest winners are in. Out of a staggering
amount--more than 900 entries total!--Fence editors have selected as
the winner of the 2004 poetry contest Laura Sims' poem "'Winter in You'" and as
the fiction contest winner Kenneth Calhoun's "An Account of the Advance at
Northgate". Read more about the contest and the full winners list on our
-03/06/04 - SLS is pleased to announce the writer
Laurie Stone has joined our 2004 faculty and will be teaching Creative
Nonfiction in the second session.
-02/26/04 - New pictures added to the
snapshots section -- keep checking for new additions!
-02/20/04 - Unfortunately Fence editor Rebecca Wolff will be unable to make it
to SLS 2004. In her place, Anthony Hawley,
Fence Fiction Editor, will be joining us.
-01/21/04 - A reminder that the fiction and
poetry contests postmark deadlines are approaching. Get your entries in
by Feb. 28 -- first prize in each category is publication in Fence and free
tuition, airfare, and accommodations at SLS St. Petersburg, Russia, 2004.
-11/23/03 - Dmitry Golynko-Volfson's insightful commentary
"Letters from Russia", and John O'Brien's thought-provoking answer to
"...A Simple Question: Why are there so few literary translations published
each year in the United States, and what can be done about this cultural
travesty?" can be found in the 14th online edition of
CONTEXT - A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture, a
Center for Book Culture publication.
-11/13/03 - More pictures added to the
snapshots section -- many others to come shortly. Send yours in, if you
Book Magazine writes about SLS with interviews of past faculty
Aimee Bender and Jonathan Ames.
-10/22/03 - SLS is pleased to announce the editors-in-residence for our St.
Petersburg seminars in 2004: Deborah Treisman,
fiction editor of The New Yorker,
and Andre Bernard, Vice President and Publisher of
Harcourt Inc., will be joining Jill Bialosky, Vice
President and Senior Editor at W.W. Norton, and Rebecca Wolff,
Editor and Founder of Fence.
-9/01/03 - New pictures have been added to the
snapshots section. More to come.
-8/29/03 - SLS would like to warmheartedly thank Rob Spillman and the crew at
Tin House magazine who have judged and published the winners (and many
runners-up) of our contest the past two years. The magazine has decided not to
participate in the contest this year because of the workload its new book
imprint requires. Acknowledging Tin House's shoes (pages? covers?) are
prestigious ones to fill, we are pleased to announce that we have reached an
agreement with the best possible alternative in
Fence Magazine! Fence will publish the winners of
the 2004 contest, and head editor
Rebecca Wolff will be participating in the seminars. We at SLS are
delighted about this new affiliation, having long recognized Fence among
the ranks of Tin House and a few select other magazines as the finest
literary journals in the country.
-8/06/03 - The Philadelphia Inquirer book critic Carlin Romano's
A City of Writers That Still Inspires about the 2003 SLS Russia program
was published today.
-4/20/03 - The New York Times devoted its
Sunday travel section to St. Petersburg's 300th Anniversary:
St. Petersburg's Regilded Age;
Espresso and Expression;
Everywhere, 'In Honor of the 300th'
-4/14/03 - The
results of the 2003 SLS Contest are in!
-3/22/03 - The Summer Literary Seminarss Evening in New York was quite an
evening indeed. About 50 people showed up for what turned out to be a
interesting abbreviated performance by past and present SLS faculty. Those who
split early missed the hilarious presentation by dissident artist Vitaly Komar
about the artistic predilections of various nations.
-3/13/03 - Come On Out To Summer Literary Seminarss Evening in New York with
Ed Hirsch, Russian-American artist Vitaly Komar, literary
bluesman Arthur Flowers, SLS program director Mikhail Iossel and Mikhail
Iampolski. The show is a benefit for SLS programs and a $10 donation is
gently requested at the door. Thursday March 13, at 7 p.m. at The Russian
Samovar (upper level), 256 W 52nd St, New York City, (212) 757-0168. SLS
program coordinators will be available to answer questions about the programs.
Click to view the flyer in PDF format.
-1/28/03 - We are also announcing today the extension of the postmark deadline
date for the Tin
House fiction and poetry contests to March 10, 2003. There was, as it
turns out, a mix-up in an advertisement placed for the contest necessitating
this change. The announcement date will also be pushed back slightly.
-1/28/03 - We are pleased to announce that Martin Riker, a senior editor
from Dalkey Archive Press will be attending the Russia program in 2003.
He will be joining Tin House editors Rob Spillman and Amy Bartlett is
discussing publishing during several lectures. Check the faculty
page for info on Riker.
-THE DEADLINE APPROACHES for the Tin House fiction and poetry contests. Postmark
your entries by March 10, 2003.
-1/23/03 - SLS will be in attendance in New York City Tuesday, January 28th for
a reading by SLS faculty member Arkadii Dragomoshchenko and past SLS
participant Genya Turovsky at The BBR Reading series at Bar Reis. We'll
also be at Lincoln Center January 31-Feb. 1
for readings by many of our faculty members at an event coordinated by Maria
Sozzani Brodsky to highlight the poetry of the late-Soviet underground. Reading
will be: Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Timur Kibirov, Evgenii Rein, Lev Rubenstein,
Vladimir Ufliand, Lev Losev, Yuz Aleshkovsky, rkadii Dragomoshchenko, Kostantin
Kuzminsky, Dmitrii Prigov, Elena Shvarts, and Vladimir Gandelsman.
English translations will be read by Mark Strand, Cyntia Zarin, and Glyn
Maxwell. (See the announcements section to the right of the screen for
-10/04/02 - Easily considered one of the most important living American writers,
considered by some the reincarnation of William Faulkner himself, Barry Hannah
has joined the SLS 2003 team as Writer-in-Residence. Read about him on the
-10/01/02 - We are pleased to announce that playwright Jack Gelber,
long-time faculty member of Brooklyn College, has joined the
SLS faculty for 2003. He will teach playwriting.
-9/22/02 - Our new website redesign is currently up and running with some
soon-to-be filled-in holes. We hope you like. Please look around. There is lots
of new content and
information on the 2003 program.
-9/7/02 - Notice, if you will, our website redesign is not yet up as promised.
We are sorry about this. Really, truly, we are. Our volunteer staff is working
through the night to make it happen and we hope to have it done very early next
week. For now, we offer you the following to tide you over:
The 2003 Contest Rules;
Just some of the photos from the 2002 sessions;
Multimedia of the fabulous Dmitry Prigov reading at the Akhmatova Museum during
the 2002 sessions;
An updated faculty list with still more to come...Please check back
-The 2002 program was a big success, a "breakthrough" year actually. Watch our
site for a major overhaul, video and audio material, faculty announcements,
snapshots, etc. Next year, the 2003 program, will be one of the most memorable
in St. Petersburg's recent history: 300 years. We've been able to secure and
even expand our present accommodations in the heart of the heart of the
city--the city legendary for its lack of accommodations. Apply early--it will
-The 2003 faculty list is growing: Jeffrey Renard Allen, Robert Arellano, Aimee
Bender, Mary Caponegro, Andrei Codrescu, Robert Coover, Arkadii
Dragomoshchenko, Phillip Lopate, Ben Marcus, Josip Novakovich, Robert Olmstead,
Michael Palmer, Padgett Powell, Dmitry Prigov, Rob Spillman, Elissa
-The call has gone out for the Third Annual Tin House/Summer Literary
Seminars Fiction and Poetry Contest. First prize winner in each category has
the winning entry published in Tin House and wins plane fare,
accommodations, and tuition to SLS Russia 2003. Second place wins free tuition
to SLS, and third place gets a partial tuition scholarship. Contest deadline:
Feb. 15, 2003. Full details will be posted on the website revamp Sept. 1.
-Attention 2002 participants, make sure to send your snapshots by email to
email@example.com. If you're not digital send them to our
snail mail address. We'll scan them and send them back ASAP. Thanks to
those of you who've already sent in pics: Emily Rubin, The Creeleys, and SLS
St. Pete program assistant Lena! We're also looking for any volunteers to
contribute Alumni Experiences for 2003. Takers? Email
them to firstname.lastname@example.org.