An author of both creative nonfiction and popular fiction, ARTEM
CHAPEYE was born and raised in the small Western Ukrainian city of
Kolomyia and has spent much of the last twenty years living in
Kyiv. He is the author of two novels and four books of creative
nonfiction, and is a co-author of a book of war reportage. A
four-time finalist of the BBC Book of the Year Award, his recent
collection The Ukraine was one of three finalists in the award's
new nonfiction category in 2018. Artem is an avid traveler who
spent close to two years living, working, and traveling in the U.S.
and Central America-an experience that has greatly informed his
writing. His work has been translated into seven languages, and has
appeared in English in the Best European Fiction anthology and in
publications such as Refugees Worldwide, translated by Marian
Schwartz. Artem is a past recipient of the Central European
Initiative Fellowship for Writers in Residence (Slovenia) and the
Paul Celan Fellowship for Translators (Austria), as well as a
finalist of the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism. He
serves on the board of PEN Ukraine.
ZENIA TOMPKINS is an American literary translator and founder of The Tompkins Agency for Ukrainian Literature in Translation (TAULT, tault.org). Her published books include adult fiction, adult nonfiction,and children's. Zenia's work as a translator and promoter of Ukrainian literature has been featured by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Poets & Writers, BBC Radio, National Public Radio, and Public Radio International. She is devoting 2023 and 2024 to working exclusively with Ukrainian authors who have enlisted in Ukraine's armed forces since the Russian invasion. Since its inception in 2019, TAULT has worked with over one hundred of Ukraine's top and emerging authors.