Born and raised in Russia, Katya Kazbek has lived in France and the UK before settling down in the US. They hold a masters in creative writing from University of Oxford. In 2017, they are expected to graduate with an MFA from Columbia, where they have been workshopped by Hilton Als, Paul Beatty, James Cañón, Alexander Chee, David Ebershoff, Erroll McDonald and Darryl Pinckney. Katya is working on their first novel, a binary-bending coming of age story set in post-Soviet Russia, where classism and xenophobia reign. Their writing has appeared in Guernica Daily, Creative Time Reports, GQ Russia,, and others. Katya lives in NYC with their partner and likes walking all over the 5 boroughs, drag queens, messy cooking, and their dog’s belly button.