Lyuba Yakimchuk is a poet, screenwriter, playwright, born 1985 in Pervomaisk, and currently living in Kyiv. She is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Apricots of Donbas, which is about people surviving a war. Her poems have been translating into roughly twenty languages. She has also authored two film scripts and two plays. Her new play The Wall was produced at the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater, the largest and the oldest Ukrainian theatre. Yakimchuk has received a number of awards, including the International Slavic Poetic Award, the Bohdan-Ihor Antonych Prize and Smoloskyp Prize, three of Ukraine’s most prestigious awards for young poets. Apricots of the Donbas received the International Poetic Award of the Kovalev Foundation (NYC, USA). In 2015 Kyiv’s New Time magazine listed Yakimchuk among the one hundred most influential people in the arts in Ukraine.
Photo: Kate Motylova