Such virtue hath my blog.
I’m a journalist and playwright, currently directing social media for Russia Beyond the Headlines. My husband is a theater director and filmmaker. We have a little boy who would probably like to pet your dog. Or break your cellphone. It varies.
Visit The Moscow News to take a look at some of my past work. I was deputy editor then acting editor-in-chief of the paper, before the agency that owned it, RIA Novosti, was liquidated and an entire era ended. Here are my parting words on the matter.
Visit Global Comment – an internationalist online magazine to take a look at more of my previous work – I used to be editor of GC.
Elsewhere, my writing has appeared in The Second Pass, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Strange Horizons, TechPresident, Moskovskiye Novosti, Mic, The Moscow Times, Newsweek Europe, Balkanist Magazine, and a bunch of other publications (some now sadly defunct – well hey, but that’s the way it is). The good people of Feministe have occasionally allowed me to deface their blog as well. I write plays in Russian and fiction in English. I cannot, for the love of me, write plays in English. Nor fiction in Russian. Except I sometimes break that rule.
I was born in Kiev, in a Ukrainian-Russian family, where people to this day argue about who should have Sevastopol. I have spent most of my life in the United States. In the South. It wasn’t like “True Blood,” but it was sort of like being in Rivendell, when Frodo had this “mortal wound” crap going on, and the Hobbits could finally chill. Then I lived in the Middle East – in Dubai and Amman – where I learned what Jerusalem is worth. Then, back in Ukraine again – where I had many adventures and became a playwright, because that’s what one does in the middle of a long Kievan winter. Now I flit between Russia and Ukraine a lot, because that’s what the cool kids are doing these days.
I once made a poem out of my favourite books list on Facebook:
Human Croquet, The Master and Margarita, Lolita, The Lord of the Rings, The Book of Lost Things, American Gods, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Secret History, The White Guard, The Hero and the Crown, Written On the Body, Fragile Things, Wicked, Harry Potter, As I Lay Dying, The Beach, The Life of Arsenyev, The Death of Ivan Ilych, Not the End of the World
This is a personal blog, and does not reflect the opinions of my family, friends, and employers, past, present, and future.
Some of my best friends happen to be mean, saber-toothed IP lawyers. Just putting that out there.
Banner image ⓒ Alexey Zhiryakov. 2014.