Such virtue hath my blog.
I have written for Politico, The Guardian, Mashable, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Vocativ, Mic, the Moscow Times, Balkanist, openDemocracy, the London Review of Books blog, the International Business Times, TechPresident, GlobalComment, the WdW Review at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Little Atoms, and Grazia. My poetry has appeared in Pedestal Magazine and my fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons.
I was deputy editor then acting editor-in-chief of the Moscow News, Russia’s oldest English language newspaper, before the agency that owned it, RIA Novosti, was liquidated and an era ended. Here are my parting words on the matter (an archived version – the newspaper was taken offline and, I’m told, the print archives are also gone forever).
After the publication I loved was taken over, I directed social media for Russia Beyond the Headlines for a few months, but left under mysterious circumstances.
Sometimes I write plays – especially when I’m feeling like the top of my head is about to come off.
I suppose my biography makes sense when you consider that I was born in the greatest and saddest city in the world, which is Kiev, and did most of my growing up in the States. In the South. It wasn’t like “True Blood,” but it was sort of like Rivendell (I am not even kidding). 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 became a playwright, because that’s what one does in the middle of a long Kievan winter. I lived in Moscow for some years and now flit between Russia and Ukraine a lot. When I’m not doing that, I am likely to be found in Greece, doing the things that people do in Greece (raki may or may not be involved).
I once made a poem out of my favorite books list on Facebook (then continued to update it as I continued to read):
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, A God in Ruins, The Hero and the Crown, Redeployment, Written On the Body, Fragile Things, Wicked, Harry Potter, As I Lay Dying, The Beach, The Goldfinch, The Life of Arsenyev, The Death of Ivan Ilych, Not the End of the World