Andrei Rodionov was born in 1971 in Moscow. He grew up in the suburb of Mytishchi and graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. He worked for 17 years in the scene shop of the Stanislavsky and Nemirov-Danchenko Musical Theater and lived for two years in the Ural city of Perm, where a cultural renaissance was taking place. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including People with Hopelessly Outdated Professions and Animal Behavior, and the recipient of numerous honors and awards, most recently the Grigoryev Prize for Poetry. He currently lives in Moscow.
Sabrina Jaszi is a writer and translator based in Oakland. Her fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly, J Journal, and the New Ohio Review. Her current translation project is the collected stories of Leningrad author Reed Grachev, several of which are forthcoming in Catapult and Subtropics.