Posts tagged ‘SLS’

March 16, 2010

THE YOUNG WRITE DIFFERENTLY IN THE NEW EUROPE AND IN RUSSIA

Antanas Sileika (SLS-Lithuania), in an extended online conversation with Kathryn Kuitenbrower, makes some incisive points with regards to the differences between the work done by the new generations of writers emerging in Eastern/Central Europe and in Russia, as exemplified by two recently released anthologies: Best European Fiction 2010, edited by Aleksandar Hemon, and Rasskazy, edited by Jeff Parker and Yours-Truly.

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February 11, 2010

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS

From Jayne Ann Phillips, one of SLS’s most favorite people:

Former SLS faculty member Jayne Anne Phillips’ new novel, Lark & Termite, was a National Book Award nominee in fiction, and is also a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award in Fiction (announced in March).  Jayne Anne Phillips is the Director of the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program.

February 9, 2010

EKATERINA TARATUTA’S “101 MINUTES”

St. Petersburger Ekaterina Taratuta‘s quirky, imaginative fiction, 101 Minutes — one of the brightest discoveries of the SLS-Russia 2007 “Tamizdat” Russian Literary Contest — on the Words Without Borders website, in Anna Barker’s strong, finely nuanced translation:  http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/one-hundred-and-one-minutes-.-.-/ Ekaterina (Katya), professor of philosophy at St. Petersburg State University, is a good friend of the SLS program.

February 3, 2010

KEVIN CRAIG’S KENYA BLOG

Kevin Craig, SLS-Kenya-’09 participant, has started a blog dedicated to his time in the country, both in and outside the SLS context: What Happened in Kenya. So far, vivid and interesting. Check it out:

 http://happenedinkenya.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/young-lion-on-safari-masai-mara-kenya-dec-11-2009/

January 31, 2010

LAURA MARIA CENSABELLA

Laura Maria Censabella writes:

Laura Maria Censabella here, former Playwriting Instructor at SLS Russia.

I have just finished the libretto for a commissioned children’s musical entitled O’Sullivan Stew based on the book by the same name.  It will be produced in Hudson, NY this coming May.

My play Carla Cooks The War will be in workshop rehearsal from mid-February to mid-March culminating in a public reading in NYC at the end of the process.
Will announce the date when I know it.

Hope all are well.
Cheers–
Laura

January 31, 2010

THOMAS SWICK

Tom Swick, two-time SLS-St. Petersburg faculty member, writes:

 I have an essay in the Winter issue of The Wilson Quarterly on the misunderstood workings and the under-appreciated triumphs of travel writers.

For more of Tom’s work, visit his, very active and informative, blog: www.thomasswick.com

January 29, 2010

ANN DIAMOND

Dear SLS,

Congratulations on your new blog. I will be going there next…. but in the meantime, since you asked, here are some recent publications that might interest people in your international literary community:

http://www.geist.com/web-exclusive/interview-ann-diamond-part-1

http://www.geist.com/story/second-life-karil-kadiiski

All the best to you! Wish I could come to Kenya and say that…

Ann

www.anndiamond.net

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January 28, 2010

IT AIN’T NO SNOWFALL, BUT RATHER A BONA FIDE SNOWSTORM

Here on the ground in Montreal: YT had to run off to streetcorner depanneur for a small grocery item just now, and it definitely is a snowstorm. Yup. No two if’s about it.  

Right now would not be a good time to hold SLS-Montreal program. But in June — oh man.

January 27, 2010

MATVEI YANKELEVICH’S “BORIS BY THE SEA”

YT has just received in the mail the new collection of Matvei Yankelevich’s poetry, “Boris by the Sea,” published by Octopus Books. It’s quite terrific. Matvei, the founding editor of the groundbreaking and steadily growing Ugly Duckling Presse, is also a highly talented and prolific translator and anthologist, one of the pre-eminent interpreters and proponents of the OBERIU school of writing and Daniil Kharms’s work in the US, among several other of his creative avatars — and a very smart, nimble, thoughtful, multi-dimensional poet in his own right.

Here’s a sample from the new book:

Who am I.

Recently this question did not worry me in the least.

It didn’t even come up.

I thought that it wasn’t even worth thinking about.

But when I lie awake at night under the blanket it is so dark

that I can’t see myself. I begin to touch myself —

I haven’t disappeared. Yes, that’s for sure. I haven’t disappeared.

But who is that. 

He went to one of the very first SLS-St. Petersburg programs, some ten years ago, and has been a good friend of SLS’s ever since. YT would like to congratulate him wholeheartedly on this new, and very significant, literary accomplishment.

January 23, 2010

A FEW MORE LITHUANIA PHOTOS

A few more black-and-white Lithuania photos by SLS’s Julia Blaukopf: