St. Lawrence Book Award Winner Announced
YELIZAVETA P. RENFRO of Sidney, Nebraska has been chosen as the winner of the 2008 St. Lawrence Book Award. Yelizaveta was born in the former Soviet Union to a Russian mother and American father, and previously lived in Russia, California, and Virginia. Currently she lives in Nebraska with her husband, children, brother, and a cat. Her short story collection, A Catalogue of Everything in the World, the 2008 St. Lawrence Book Award winner, is set in and inspired by the American Midwest. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmer Train Stories, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, Blue Mesa Review, So to Speak, the anthology A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection (University of Illinois Press/OV Books, 2008), and elsewhere. Her awards include Glimmer Train Fiction Open second place, So to Speak Fiction Contest first place, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University. She is completing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.