KGB: New Meridian Arts Book Party

May 01, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

New Meridian Arts Celebrates New Books
With works by

In Search of the White Magician by Stefania Magnison and Carmen Firan
Green In a Landscape With Ashes by Anna Halberstadt
Between Ceausescu and Fidel by Radu Polizu
Stranger at Home by Andrey Gritsman

Stefania Magidson was born in Brasov, Romania, and in 1983 immigrated with her family to the United States. She received a B.S. in Health Education from University of Utah and worked for the Utah State Health Department, Centers for Disease Control. She later received a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from University of Santa Monica with a post-master specialization in “Consciousness, Health and Healing.”

Inspired by the Los Angeles based Everychild Foundation, in 2002 she founded Blue Heron Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of Romanian and Moldovan orphaned and abandoned youth and provide them greater access to life’s opportunities by awarding them college scholarships. Stefania is a supporter of artistic and social causes, film festivals, theater and film productions as well as other cultural events.

She is an active Los Angeles resident, involved in supporting the UCLA Graduate School of Education, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Everychild Foundation, the South East European Film Festival (Los Angeles) and Making Waves Romanian Film Festival (New York).

Romanian born Carmen Firan is a poet, novelist, journalist, playwright and screenplay writer. She set roots in New York City after serving as program director for the Romanian Cultural Institute N.Y. (1997 to 2001). Among the most recent books she published in the United States are Interviews and Encounters (Poems and dialogue with Nina Cassian, Sheep Meadow Press), Inferno (SD Press), Rock and Dew (Sheep Meadow Press) and Words and Flesh (Talisman Publishers). Her work appears in magazines, anthologies and books in France, Israel, Sweden, Germany, England, Ireland, Poland. She is a member of the Writers Union (Romania), The Poetry Society of America and PEN American Center.

Anna Halberstadt’s creative work has been published in over 45 literary journals in English, Russian and in translation into Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Her collection of poetry Vilnius Diary was published in the Mudfish Individual Poet Series, Box Turtle Press, in the summer of 2014. It was translated into Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Her collection of poems transit, in Russian, was published in June 2016 by West-Consulting, Moscow. Her translation into Russian of poetry by Eileen Myles Selected Selected was published by Russian Gulliver, Moscow, in 2017. Her translation of poems by Edward Hirsch is forthcoming in the Evgeny Stepanov’s publishing house series Avantgrandees in 2017. Her poem “I Was Reborn” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2014, and another poem, “You Can Be in Love with a Man,” for the Pushcart Prize in 2016 by Mudfish Journal. Anna Halberstadt was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Mudfish poetry contests. She was a finalist in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition in 2015 and a semi-finalist for the Paumanok Poetry Award in 2015. Atlanta Review selected her as The International Merit Award winner in the Poetry 2016 International Poetry Competition. She was awarded a Poetry Prize in 2016 by Children of Ra Journal for a group of poems in Russian. Vilnius Diary in Lithuanian translation was named among TOP 10 best books, published in Lithuania in 2017 by the Lithuanian news site Lt.15. She is a member of the PEN American Center.

Andrey Gritsman, a native of Moscow, immigrated to the United States in 1981. He a physician who is also a poet and essayist and have published six volumes of poetry in Russian.  He received the 2009 Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention XXIII and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times 2005 - 2008, and also was on the Short List for PEN American Center Biennial Osterweil Poetry Award.

Poems, essays, and short stories in English have appeared or are forthcoming in over 70 literary journals, including Left Curve, Nimrod International Journal, Blue Mesa, Cadillac Cicatrix, Confrontation, Cimarron Review, Euphony, Hiram Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, New Orleans Review, New Zoo Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Wisconsin Review, Carquinez Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Epicenter, Hawaii Review, Hunger Mountain, The Hurricane Review, Permafrost, Phantasmagoria, Poet Lore, Poetry International, Post Road, Puerto del Sol, Reed Magazine, Richmond Review (London), Fortnight (N. Ireland, UK), Landfall (New Zealand), Ars Interpres (Stockholm, Sweden), The South Carolina Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle.

The work has been anthologized in Modern Poetry in Translation (UK), Crossing Centuries (New Generation in Russian Poetry), The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from the Robert Frost Place, in Stranger at Home: American Poetry with an Accent, in Twenty Years after the Fall, Perfect Crime Anthology and in Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems.

Poetry collections LONG FALL was published by Spuyten Duyvil, PISCES by Numina Press, LIVE LANDSCAPE by Cervena Barva Press and collection GREATEST HITS by Pudding House Press.

He edits international poetry magazine in Russian INTERPOEZIA ( and host Intercultural Poetry Reading Series at Cornelia Street Café in New York.