I am a Russian American poet, journalist, and digital alchemist.
My debut poetry collection Salt Is For Curing was published in 2015 by Sator Press and received accolades from Dennis Cooper, Roxane Gay, and Rookie Magazine. I am also the author of chapbooks My Heart In Aspic (2015, Porkbelly Press) and And the Whale, which won the 2019 Vella Chapbook Contest and will be published in 2020. My poems have been taught in schools and universities, included in anthologies, translated into multiple languages, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
A journalist and essayist, my bylines appear in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian Magazine, and Atlas Obscura. I’ve interviewed authors, artists, and activists — Kelly Link, Caitlin Doughty, and Lucien Greaves, to name a few — and profiled even more. And as a staff writer for alternative culture website Haute Macabre, I cover everything from esoteric literature to dinnerware made out of human ashes.
By day, I’m a senior writer at Heat, a full-service creative agency powered by Deloitte. I’ve got nearly fifteen years of experience in digital content, and know my way around creating and launching marketing campaigns, script writing and video production, UX writing, brand and content strategy, and most things in between. I’m also the editor of a New York Times best-selling book… of cat photos.
I was born in the former USSR and currently live in the PNW. I hold a degree in Linguistics with minors in German Linguistics and Finnish from the University of Washington and am a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Horror Writers Association, and The Cheburashka Collective, a group of female and non-binary writers from the Soviet diaspora.