St. Petersburg Review: Issue 8 1/2 Launch

October 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate the launch of St. Petersburg Review Issue 8 1/2
Readers include:
Born and raised in Chicago, Jeffery Renard Allen is a Professor of English
at Queens College of the City University of NewYork and an instructor in
the Writing Program at The New School. Allen is the author of two
collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and
Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999), and three works of fiction, the novel Rails
Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago
Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, the book of stories Holding Pattern
(Graywolf 2008), which won The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary
Excellence, and the forthcoming novel Song of the Shank (Graywolf 2014),
which is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century
African American piano virtuoso and composer. Allen’s other awards include
a fellowship at The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The NewYork
Public Library, a Whiting Writers’Award, and a grant in Innovative
Literature from Creative Capital.

Morgan Fox is an avid traveler, an amateur photographer, and also is
trying to learn five different languages all at the same time. She is a
student of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop in New York City, the
Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius and Montreal, and the Disquiet
International Literary Program in Lisbon. She lives in New York City,
where she works as a carpenter and stagehand.

Anna Halberstadt
has published many works in the field of psychology but
has found poetry to be a more adequate and condensed way to expand on the
same themes—growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors in a country
still struggling with past trauma, living in three countries (Lithuania,
Russia, U.S.), and immigration. Her creative work has been published by
Alabama Literary Review, Alembic, Amarillo Bay, Atlanta Review, Bluestem,
Caliban, Cimarron Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Forge, Good Men Project,
Hawaii Pacific Review, Lilith, and elsewhere, and translations of her
poems in several Lithuanian journals.

Romaine has held two NEA translation fellowships, in 2007 and in 2015. She
currently teaches Arabic at Villanova University, outside Philadelphia.
Her most recent translation efforts have featured classical Arabic poetry
from the Abbasid era by various poets, and include a submission recently
accepted for a forthcoming issue of Pusteblume. Romaine published her
translation of a short story, “The Far Edge of the Sky,” by Egyptian
writer Mohamed Mansi Qandil, in SPR 6. “How Stacey Saw Me Through” is
Romaine’s first published piece of original creative writing.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,