I am writing on behalf of a group of very determined young women, including yours truly, who have come together to launch an English-language Kazakhstani literature review blog, https://thealmareview.wordpress.com/.
We created The Alma Review to make writing by Kazakhstani writers visible to the English-speaking literary and scholarly community. In the year when a Kazakhstani author is the first woman from Central Asia to have translations of her short stories supported by a PEN/Heim grant, the need to do so is urgent.
Our aim is to bring awareness to the Kazakhstani authors and to develop the practice of literary criticism. We want our reviews to become a bridge from Kazakhstani literature to the world. My secondary goal is to give younger writers a place to practice their critical skills, enter the larger conversation, and get a couple of by-lines.
We will happily work with anyone willing and able to read in Russian or Kazakh and write a review or two in English. If you would like to review a book, or know someone who might, please fill out this form. Please share this information widely with your students and networks.
We also welcome news releases of upcoming titles, notices of events, and other opportunities. Please keep us in mind!
We look forward to hearing from you.
and The Alma Review team