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Nastya Kovalchuk


First Language(s): Russian
Second Language(s): English


Nastya Kovalchuk is an author, performer and art mediator from Moscow, Russia. She is interested in the contemporary autofiction field and interdisciplinary practices. She is a co-founder and editor of the AUTOVIRUS webzine which publishes Russian authors who work with autofiction. Nastya has a degree in journalism from Moscow State University. She is on Instagram as @nastyakill.


What was your favorite book as a child?

Stories by Edgar Allan Poe. I vividly remember reading them as a child and feeling absolutely fascinated with horror, wonder and inspiration all mixed together in a peculiar way.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I believe that writing is a way to subvert reality in a way that makes other people see why it is necessary to do it.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

The most thrilling experience I had in a while was saying out loud to my cat “My poem is going to be published.”

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

Most of the time I don’t because I need to read what I’ve written over and over again to make sense of the rhythm and intonation of the text.


Mother Tongue Land You
Issue Spring '22

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz