Vasilina Orlova was born on the Russian Far East in 1979. She has lived in Vladivostok, Moscow, London, now is based in Austin, Texas. She holds a PhD in Philosophy, and is now doing her PhD in Anthropology in the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of poetry books “We Live Once” (Moscow, 1997), “Barefoot” (Vladivostok, 2008), in Russian, and “Contemporary Bestiary” (Austin, 2014), in English. She is the recipient of several Russian literary awards and is a laureate of the Anton Delvig Prize for the poetry book “Barefoot” (2008). Her poetry in English has appeared in anthologies “Di-Vêrsé-City,” “Pushing the Envelope,” in “Dead Beats Literary Blog,” and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose have been translated into English, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, and Russian.
Read Vasilina's poem "A Nonjudgmental Poem" here.