Born and raised in a small village in Western Ukraine, Myroslav Laiuk is the author of three poetry collections, two novels, and a forthcoming children’s book. He is a winner of the Smoloskyp Literary Award (Ukraine), the Kovaliv Fund Award (USA), the Oles Honchar Prize (Germany and Ukraine), and the Litakcent Literary Award (Ukraine.) His first novel Babornia was a finalist for the 2016 BBC Book of the Year Award in Ukraine. Myroslav’s work has been translated into eleven languages, and his poetry has been set to music by two Kyiv-based music groups of international repute: Dakh Daughters and Oy Sound System. He holds a PhD in Literary Studies from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, where he currently teaches. In 2018, Myroslav was honored as one of the most innovative young leaders in Ukraine in The Kyiv Post’s Top Thirty Under Thirty award program.