Josip Novakovich emigrated from Croatia to the United States at the age of 20, and after quitting medical school, studied psychology, theology, and philosophy, before turning to fiction writing. He has published a novel, April Fool’s Day (in ten languages), a novella in three forms, Three Deaths, and four story collections (Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, and Ex-YU) and three collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism, including Fiction Writers Workshop. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize Stories. His stories have appeared in many journals—The Paris Review, Threepenny, Ploughshares, etc. He has received the Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. Novakovich has been a writing fellow of the New York Public Library and has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Die Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Penn State and now Concordia University in Montreal. He is revising a novel, Rubble of Rubles, and putting together another story collection, Wanderer. He will be teaching fiction/nonfiction at SLS Georgia 2017.
Named one of Flavorwire’s 100 best living writers and “a crucial voice of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt, Ariana Reines lives in Queens, mostly. Her books include The Cow (Alberta Prize, 2006), Coeur de Lion (2007); Mercury (2011), A Sand Book (2017), from FENCE, and The Origin of the World (2014) from Semiotext(e). TELEPHONE, her first play (2009) was commissioned by The Foundry Theatre and received two Obie Awards; a Norwegian translation will premiere in Mollebyen, Norway in 2017. FRANCESCA, a play by Nathalie Rozanes based on writings & performances by Reines premiered at the National Theatre of Belgium in 2016. Other performance & theatrical works include: MORTAL KOMBAT (2015), commissioned by Le Mouvement Biel/Bienne & performed at The Whitney Museum, New York, NY, USA, & Gallery TPW, Toronto, CA, and LORNA (2013) at Martin E. Segal Theatre, New York, USA, both in collaboration with Jim Fletcher, The Origin of the World (2013) at Modern Art, London UK, & many others. Art exhibitions include PUBIC SPACE (2016), a collaboration with Oscar Tuazon at Modern Art in London, UK, EXHAUST (2016) at Contemporary Art Tasmania, AU, and JANE DARK (2014) at Western Front, Vancouver, CA. Reines is the translator of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare (Mal-O-Mar, 2009); Jean-Luc Hennig’s The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore (Semiotext(e) 2009); and Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials Toward a Theory of the Young-Girl (Semiotext(e) 2012). She has taught at Columbia University, the European Graduate School, NYU, Tufts, Naropa, and The New School,. In 2009 she was Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California-Berkeley. She will be teaching poetry at SLS Georgia 2017.
Ryan Ruby was born in Los Angeles in 1983. His fiction and criticism have appeared in The Baffler, Conjunctions, Lapham’s Quarterly, n+1, and The Paris Review Daily, among other venues. He has translated novellas by Roger Caillois and Grégoire Bouillier from the French for Readux Books. His novel The Zero and the One was published in March by Twelve Books. He lives in Berlin.
Mikhail Iossel, the Leningrad-born author of the story collection Every Hunter Wants to Know (W.W. Norton) and co-editor of the anthologies Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive, 2004) and Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House, 2010), is a professor of English/Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada – and the founding director of the Summer Literary Seminars international program. Back in the Soviet Union, he worked as an electromagnetic engineer and as a roller-coaster security guard, and belonged to the organization of samizdat writers, Club-81. He came to the US in 1986, and started writing in English in 1988. Among his awards are the Guggenheim, NEA and Stegner Fellowships. His stories, in English and in translation to a number of other languages, have appeared in NewYorker.com, The Literarian, Agni Review, The North American Review, Boulevard, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. He will be teaching Autofiction and free-writing at SLS Georgie 2017.
Xuan Juliana Wang is a New York City based writer born in Heilongjiang, China. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Best American Non-Required Reading. She can be found online at xuanjulianawang.com
Past SLS faculty members include Poet Laureates of the US, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award — luminaries such as:
George Elliot Clarke
Lynne Shareon Schwartz
William T. Vollman
C. K. Williams