Summer Literary Seminars (SLS)
is one of the world’s foremost and largest, one-of-a-kind, independent (not affiliated with any university) international literary and cultural organizations.
Founded in 1998, SLS spent 10 years running its groundbreaking series of seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2008, it established its flagship programs in Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya; in Vilnius, Lithuania; in Montreal, Quebec (its home base) and, as of July 2017, a large-scale program in Tbilisi, Georgia — a complex and beautiful ancient city in a remarkably fascinating country.
Throughout its 20+-year history, SLS has brought more than 1200 emerging writers to Russia, Kenya, Lithuania, Georgia, and Montreal.
on 3 continents:
- North America
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
- Europe (Tbilisi, Georgia)
- Africa (Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya)
SLS’s mission is to increase the literary and cultural visibility of every locale it visits.
Over the decades, SLS has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in bringing together the North American and international literary and cultural communities, fostering the artistic cooperation between the two and serving to increase mutual understanding across the cultural and geographic divides. It connects prominent and emerging writers from all walks of life for a richly variegated array of literary and cultural offerings.
Past faculty members of the SLS programs include Poet Laureates of the US, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award — such luminaries as:
Laura Maria Censabella
George Elliot Clarke
Lynne Shareon Schwartz
William T. Vollman
SLS enjoys its place as one of the most dynamic and innovative program of its kind, one profoundly affecting everyone who participates in its programs. Many of its participants over the years have cited the SLS programs as a life-changing experience: