Maxim D. Shrayer and Christianna Hannum Miller read recent poetry and prose
April 9th, 2016, 11:30-1:30pm
apr 9 update : today's event is ON and not cancelled due to snow.
We're pleased to welcome two very talented writers to Street Road for a Saturday salon: both will read from recent works that explore identity and its complex connections to place. A concurrent new work at Street Road, Migrants and Immigrants, by artist Adrian Barron, complements this event, and you are invited to bring soil from your garden to be planted in his installation on the day. We'll also be hosting the closing reception for our winter exhibition of work by David A. Parker and Susan Marie Brundage.
Maxim D. Shrayer
Maxim will read from his literary memoir Waiting for America, capturing the adventures of a young Soviet refugee in Italy, in the summer of 1987, and from Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, his collection of stories about immigrant lives in America and Europe.
Maxim was born in Moscow, in 1967, to a Jewish-Russian family, and spent almost nine years as a refusenik before immigrating to the United States with his parents in 1987, via Austria and Italy. He attended Moscow University, Brown University, and Rutgers University and received a PhD at Yale University in 1995. He is Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, where he co-founded the Jewish Studies Program, and is an associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center. He edits the book series Jews of Russia & Eastern Europe and Their Legacy. He is the author of over ten books of nonfiction, fiction, poetry and translations. He and his wife Dr. Karen E. Lasser co-founded the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop, of which he serves as Artistic Director. They live in Boston and Chatham, Massachusetts with their two daughters.
Photo: Mira and Tatiana Shrayer
Christianna Hannum Miller
Christy will read selections from her four compilations of short stories and poems: Dark, dark, dark, Light; swishpan; Askling; and everybody is always drinking. She will also read from her memoir-in-progress, happy, happier, Happiest. All works have roots in memoir, and look at many things: boys, girls, theology, New York City, marriage, drinking, and her adoption of two children in Latvia.
Christy was born in Unionville, Pennsylvania and studied Art History and Italian at the University of Pennsylvania. She won a national Coro Fellowship in Leadership which took her to New York City where she founded Swim Pictures. She produced and directed the films Keeping Sound and Goodnight Ladies. Goodnight Ladies will be shown at the Johns Hopkins Film Festival and at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania this spring. She lives in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania with her two children.