F143. CANCELLED: The Emotional Currency of International Writing Programs: Sozopol Seminar's Case

Status: Not Accepted

Room 304, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Each year, both distinguished and aspiring authors from the US gather with Bulgarian writers on the Black Sea Coast for the Sozopol Fiction Seminars of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. The Seminars have been life-changing for many, and their cultural exchange spurs spillovers such as translation activism and a rise in Anglophone novels set in the Balkans. Sozopol alumni read from work set in the region and discuss how interaction with another culture impacts American and global identities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_event_outline_as_at_30Sept2019.docx



Ben Bush is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California creative writing PhD program. His writing has appeared in the Iowa Review, the Literary Review, Salon, Bookforum, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poets & Writers.

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail and the novel Pull Me Under. She's an editor at Electric Literature and a fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Michener Center for Writers.

Eireene Nealand’s stories, poems, and translations have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Catamaran, WHR, Sidebrow, Absent, elimae, and The St. Petersburg Review, among other places. She has won multiple awards including a Fulbright Fellowship and a Elizabeth Kostova Fellowship to write and teach in Bulgaria.

Christopher Castellani is the author of four novels—most recently, Leading Men—and a book of essays, The Art of Perspective. A 2014 Guggenheim fellow, he is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA program and Bread Loaf, and he is artistic director of GrubStreet.

Milena Deleva is the executive director of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Sofia University in Bulgaria and an MA in Arts Administration from Baruch College in New York.

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Kansas City Convention Center