B.A. Russian and Eastern European Studies, Wesleyan University; MFA Creative Writing, University of Virginia (Henry Hoyns Fellow), MA, Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Virginia (Jefferson Fellow), current PhD candidate.
Research Interests: Chekhov's short fiction, narrative theory, genre studies, literary translation, Soviet and contemporary Russian literature.
Publications: FICTION: "Triage," Narrative, December 2012; "Lemonade," New England Review, Spring 2013; "The Year in Numbers," Gettysburg Review, Summer 2014. NONFICTION/ESSAY: “If Holden Caulfield Spoke Russian,” The New Yorker (online), Sept. 11 2013; “The Unread: The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript,” The New Yorker (online) July 9, 2013. LITERARY TRANSLATIONS: "Glebov Junior," by Vsevold Benigsen, Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2013; "The Lost Player" and "Players," by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Meridian, Spring 2012; various screenplays, including a full-length feature film script by Vladimir Sorokin in preproduction in the US. CRITICISM: "Lost Classic: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky" in Meridian, Spring 2012; "One Thousand and One Kolyma Nights: Shalamov and Scheherazade in “The Serpent Charmer,” Gulag Studies, 2013.
Papers Presented: "Translation and Palimpsest: Natalya Klyucharova's 'One Year in Paradise,'" University of Virginia Slavic Forum, February 2011; "Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's Memories of the Future," Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, 2012; “Shalamov and the Ethics of Storytelling,” American Association of Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, 2013
Courses Taught: Contemporary Satire (2009); Fiction Writing (2010); Theory and Praxis of Literary Translation (2012). Teaching Assistanceships: Second-Year Russian (2011-12), Dostoevsky (2013), Anthropology of Tourism (Semester at Sea: 2014).
Awards: Jefferson Fellowship (John S. Lillard Fellow, Jefferson Scholars Foundation); Henry Hoyns Fellowship, University of Virginia; Ivan Klima Fellowship, Prague Summer Program; Emily Balch Award for Best Short Story by UVa Graduate Student; Second Place, Narrative Magazine Spring Fiction/Nonfiction Competition, 2012; Runner-Up, James Jones First Novel Fellowship (2015).
M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia; Humanitarian Profile (Summa Cum Laude), American College of Sofia, Bulgaria; B.A. Russian Area Studies (Magna Cum Laude), Washington and Lee University
Research Interests: Slavic folklore (fairy tales, myths, legends, art, traditions, holidays, dances), Nina Sadur, Russian Modernism, Pushkin and classical mythology, Karamzin, Nabokov’s space organization, Bulgarian and Russian purge literatures
Papers Presented: "Witch’s Tears: Sadur’s Moral Scary Fairy Tale of the Modern Day Rusalka," University of Virginia Slavic Forum, February 2011.
"Nabokov's 'Opened' and 'Closed' Spaces: Space Organization in The Defense and Glory as an Expression of Nabokov's Memories of Russia," at an interdisciplinary conference focusing on "The Self and Other", UVa Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, February 2012.
"The Vizroditelen Proces in Bulgaria", University of Virginia Slavic Forum, March 2012.
"The Four-Winged Seagull or Four Interpretations of Nina Zarechnaia as the Seagul in Chekhov's play, The Seagull", NESEEES Conference, Seton Hall University, March 2012.
"The 'Uncles', the Revolutionaries, and the Outsiders: The Three Inseparable Colors Ivan Vazov uses in Under the Yoke to Paint the Picture of the Bulgarian Nation in the 1870s", SCSS Conference, Savannah, GA, March 2012.
Languages: Bulgarian, Russian, Spanish
Courses Taught: English as Second Language (American College of Sofia); RUSS 1010, RUSS 2020, RUSS 3030
"10 Things You Would Have Never Guessed Bulgaria Gave to the World", SSGS Obrazovanshchina Newsletter (December 2010).
Translation of a poem by the Bulgarian poet Peyo Yavorov into English, SSGS Obrazovanshchina Newsletter (May 2011).
“Life in the Russian House”, SSGS Obrazovanshchina Newsletter, (Fall 2011).
Extracurricular Activities: Directed the Spring 2012 student staging of Chekhov's Свадьба. Performance available online, here.
First Year Russian Award (2006-2007), Washington and Lee University
Linda Cooper and Bobby Henderson Award (2009), Washington and Lee University