A Reading by 2019 NOS Prize Winner Alexander Stessin

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Harriman Institute Atrium, 12th Floor International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a reading by author Alexander Stessin, winner of the 2019 NOS Prize for his book The New York Rounds (Нью-йоркский обход).

At the reading Stessin will present his most recent books, talk about the experience of finding his identity as a writer in the intercultural space and the impact his work as a doctor has had on his writing. The reading will be both in Russian and in English.

The NOS Prize was created ten years ago by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, with the objective of supporting new phenomena in Russian-language literature.

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Alexander Stessin is a New York-based Russian writer and winner of the 2019 prestigious NOS prize for his latest book The New York Rounds. Having moved to the US at an early age, he graduated from the University at Buffalo Poetics Program. He then went on to study French literature at the Sorbonne, followed by medical school at Cornell University. Despite having been brought up in the US, he writes predominantly in Russian. He has authored three collections of poetry and five volumes of prose. In 2014 he was awarded the Russian Prize (“Russkaia premiia”) from the Boris Yeltsin Foundation for the novel Sankofa (based on his experiences working as a physician in Ghana). His other awards include the Gumilev Prize (2007), Tamizdat Prize (2007), "Moscow Tally" Prize (2011), “Bella” Russian-Italian Poetry Prize (2014), and most recently the NOS prize (2019). Over the past decade he has devoted much of his time to medical volunteer work in different parts of Africa.