Moscow born, Nina Kossman is a painter, sculptor, bilingual writer, poet and playwright. Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Moscow, Philadelphia, and New York. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship, a UNESCO/PEN Short Story Award, grants from Foundation for Hellenic Culture and Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, she is the author of two books of poems in Russian and English as well as the translator of two volumes of Marina Tsvetaevas’s poetry. Her other books include “Behind the Border” (HarperCollins,1994), “Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths” (Oxford University Press, 2001), and a novel. Several of her plays have been produced off-off-Broadway. She lives in New York.