Born and raised in Russia, Katya Kazbek has lived in France and the UK before settling down in the US. She holds a masters in creative writing from University of Oxford. In 2017, she is expected to graduate with an MFA from Columbia, where she has been workshopped by Hilton Als, Paul Beatty, James Cañón, Alexander Chee, David Ebershoff, Erroll McDonald and Darryl Pinckney. Katya is working on her first novel, a binary-bending coming of age story set in post-Soviet Russia, where classism and xenophobia reign. She is also pursuing a career in literary publicity, and currently works as the freelance publicity assistant for New Directions, as well as literary assistant for Union Literary, and reader for A Public Space. Her writing has appeared in Guernica Daily, Creative Time Reports, GQ Russia,, and others. Katya lives in NYC with her partner and likes drag queens, messy cooking, and her dog’s belly button.