Natalia Smirnova: Natalia Smirnova was born in 1978 in Moscow.
After studying law and working as a lawyer, she moved to St.
Petersburg to work as a foreign rights manager for a publisher. In
2006 she cofounded the Goumen & Smirnova Literary Agency, with
Julia Goumen, representing Russian authors worldwid. She and Goumen
were also the coeditors of Moscow Noir (Akashic Books).
Julia Goumen: Julia Goumen was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1977. With a PhD in English, she has been working in publishing since 2001, starting her own literary agency after three years as a foreign rights manager. Since 2006 Goumen has run the Goumen & Smirnoval Literary Agency with Natalia Smirnova. She and Smirnova were also the coeditors of Moscow Noir (Akashic Books).