October-November 2008: University of Iowa International Writing Program and New York City
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Nailya Yamakova was born in 1982 in Leningrad. She writes, “In essence, I am interested in two things: literature and life.” Yamakowa is a lover of classical literature (though she likes contemporary alright too). She loves Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath and Tuva Yanson, and Soviet women writers from the 1920-1960s (Lidia Chukovskaya, Lidia Ginsberg, Nadezhda Mendalshtam, Emma Gershtein), as well as by Gunter Grass, whom she saw speak last May. Yamakova’s poems and prose have been published in various journals, collections, anthologies, and internet publications. She was short-listed for the Debut Prize, a national award for young writers, in 2004, 2005, and 2006. She works in a small Petersburg publishing company specializing in the works of young Russian writers – fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The press survives on printing small runs of works by emerging authors, often previously published only online.