From the Archives: First SLS, St. Petersburg 1998


The very first incarnation of Summer Literary Seminars took place in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1998. In the past eighteen years, it has become the world’s foremost, entirely one-of-a-kind international literary study and cultural organization, operating on three continents: North America (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Europe (Vilnius, Lithuania), and Africa (Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya).

Here is a picture of Mikhail Iossel reading at the inaugural SLS (photo courtesy of Jana Karp).