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About the ILP and Dzanc Books

The International Literary Program is a project of Dzanc Books, 501(c)(3). The ILP’s mission is to deepen mutual understanding between writers of North American and writers around the world and to broaden the landscape of North American literature and arts outside of the borders of North America.

The program is affiliated with the Centro Nacional de Cultura, Fundação Luso-Americana, CETAPS-FCSH (Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies) atUniversidade Nova de Lisboa, and Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon.

Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and champion those writers who don't fit neatly into the marketing niches of for-profit presses. In addition to the ILP, Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in the schools and has begun organizing many such workshops and Writers In Residency programs. Dzanc believes great writing, community involvement and education truly makes a difference. For more information on our publishing, our work with literary journals and educational programs, please refer to the website or contact us with additional questions at: info@dzancbooks.org.

Who We Are

Jeff Parker, Director, is the author of the novel Ovenman and the short story collection The Taste of Penny. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Short Fiction, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Walrus, and other magazines. From 2000 to 2008 he was the Russia Program Director for the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, program. He co-edited the anthologies Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia and Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States. He is currently an Assistant Professor in English and Acting Director of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.

Scott Laughlin, Scott Laughlin, Associate Director, did his graduate work in literature at NYU and undergraduate work in journalism and English at Boston University, where he studied with Alberto de Lacerda. He has lectured on Russian and American Literature in San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Russia, and his work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Poetry Conspiracy, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and other publications. He has also translated poetry and interviews from Spanish, Portuguese, and French. He currently lives in San Francisco and is chair of the English department at San Francisco University High School.

Oona Patrick, Program Associate, earned an MFA in nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a BA from Brown. Her work has appeared in Margin, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Salamander, the Portuguese-Canadian journal Seixo Review, and elsewhere. Two of her publications have been listed as notable essays in Best American Essays 2003 and Best American Travel Writing 2005. She traveled to Portugal for residencies at the Footpaths Foundation in the Azores in 2006 and at Convento São Francisco de Mértola in the Alentejo in 2009.