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