SLS Team

SLS Georgia 2019 will be the last program—after 21 years and 32 successful events on 3 continents. Come join us for what will be a fantastic farewell experience!

Meet the SLS Georgia 
2019 Team

Mikhail Iossel, the Leningrad-born author of the story collection Every Hunter Wants to Know (W. W. Norton) and coeditor 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 and the founding director of the Summer Literary Seminars international program. Back in the Soviet Union, he worked as an electromagnetic engineer/submarine demagnetizer and as roller-coaster security guard, and belonged to the organization of samizdat writers, Club-81. He came to the US in 1986, at the age of thirty, a whole and complete life behind him, and started writing in English in 1988. Among his awards are Guggenheim, NEA, and Stegner Fellowships. His stories and other prose, in English and in translation to several languages, have appeared in, GuernicaLiterarianAGNINorth American Review Threepenny Review, Interia, Boulevard, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.

Mikhail Iossel

Dina Hardy

Dina Hardy has received an Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA; a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University; fellowships and residencies in the countries of Georgia, Spain, and Wales; and Pushcart Prize nominations. Find her work now or soon in literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly ReviewBennington ReviewPrelude—and on her website

Maria Carson is based in Lisbon, Portugal, but grew up and has lived in many countries including the UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Madagascar and Ecuador. She has a propedeuse in Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a BA and MA in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford University. After working as an economist for a few years, she obtained a postgraduate degree in acting at Mountview Academy in London. She currently works as an actress, voice-over artist, and learning and development Consultant. Her articles about organizational psychology have appeared in the HR magazine Pessoal. She also writes scripts and scenarios for theatre-based learning interventions and training films. She won a merit fellowship with her poetry, to attend SLS Georgia in 2018. She is very excited to be going back to Tbilisi in 2019.

Maria Carson

Zoe Goldstein

Zoe Goldstein‘s fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming online in EntropyFanzineCosmonauts Avenue and Electric Literature. She is the author of two chapbooks, We Don’t Have to be Moved by the Same Thing (Gas Meter Press, 2019)  and The Eyes of Leaves (Dancing Girl Press, 2019). She currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Fordham and CUNY and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Sagittarius.

Michael McKee Green is a poet from Oregon. His first book, Fugue Figure (the Kent State University Press, 2018), was selected by Khaled Mattawa as the winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Prize. Work of his appears in journals such as Michigan Quarterly ReviewTagvverkFog MachineTarpaulin Sky and his poem “In Remit” won a Burnam Poetry Scholarship (Judge, Ed Skoog). Currently, he is an MFA candidate at Boise State University, where he sits on Ahsahta Press’ editorial board and teaches creative writing.

Michael McKee Green

Claire Morse

Claire Morse is a Canadian born in Toronto, who studied film and literature at McGill University in Montreal. After participating in SLS Georgia 2018, she decided to uproot her life and move to Tbilisi. For the last year, she has been teaching Georgian teenagers, writing poetry, and working on a manuscript of historical fiction about the first Women’s Socialist Conference, held in Germany in 1907. Her work continues to be animated by organizers, researchers, and artists she encounters in Tbilisi

Giorgi Sabanashvili, a Tbilisi based architect and urban Planner, was born in Gori, Georgia in 1993. In 2011, Giorgi became a US-Government-funded-exchange-program student for FLEX (future leaders exchange) and spent a year in the US. He graduated from Ilia State University with a bachelors in architecture in 2016, and from Georgian Technical University with Master of urban planning in 2018. Since 2017, Giorgi has been a part of the SLS Georgia team, assisting and guiding SLS faculty members and participants.

Giorgi Sabanashvili

Virginia Konchan

Virginia Konchan is the author of two poetry collections, Any God Will Do (Carnegie Mellon, 2020) and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and three chapbooks, including Empire of  Dirt(above/ground press, 2019), Virginia Konchan’s poetry has appeared in The New YorkerThe New RepublicBoston Review, and elsewhere.