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Leningrad, USSR-born Mikhail Iossel, the founder and executive director of the Summer Literary Seminars International programs and professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal, is the author of Every Hunter Wants to Know, a collection of stories (W.W. Norton) and co-editor (with Jeff Parker) of the anthologies Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive, 2004) and Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House, 2010). His stories have been published in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad, translated in several foreign languages and anthologized in Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation and NEA fellowship, among other awards.