St. Lawrence Book Award Winner Announced

2008 St. Lawrence Book Award Winner Yelizaveta P. Renfro

2008 St. Lawrence Book Award Winner Yelizaveta P. Renfro

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.


2 responses to “St. Lawrence Book Award Winner Announced

  1. Just a note to say congratulations. I read your piece in Witness last summer and was so taken with it that it has stayed with me all this time. I was just looking to find a copy of it on-line because somebody asked me to show them a sample of something well written. Very pleased to see your collection has won a prize and will be published. The first of many books to come, I hope.

  2. Hello! My mom and I both enjoyed your story “The Wisdom of the Oak”, recently printed in the Reader’s Digest. What especially took us by surprise was your last name – the same as ours…spelled the same and everything. when I looked you up on line at my mom’s urging, it said that you had lived in California. We had some relatives in Stockton area in the past (dead now, I think), but we are wondering if that was where your “Renfro” roots came from…My mom (age 90) would love to know. Thanks so much, Lorita Renfro

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