Iya Kiva was born in Donetsk, Ukraine, where she graduated from Donetsk National University. In the summer of 2014, she fled the military conflict in Donetsk and has lived in Kyiv since then. Kiva is the author of Podalshe ot raia (Kaiala, 2018). Her poems, reviews, and translations have been published in the journals Studiia, Slovo/Word, Neva, Raduga, Plavuchii most, Novaia yunost, Novyi mir, Belyi voron, Kreshchatik, Oktiabr, Interpoezia, Poem, Po&sie, and on the websites ArtPapier, Litcentr, Literratura, Polutona, and others. Kiva is the laureate of several international and Ukrainian poetry festivals: the Konstantin Romanov International Youth Competition (St. Petersburg, 2013, 2014), the International Festival of Literature and Culture Slavic Traditions (2013), the Yurii Kaplan Literary Contest (2013), and the International Poetry Festival Emigrantskaia Lyra (2016). She won the All-Ukrainian Poetry Competition Malachite Rhinoceros (2014) and was long-listed for the 2014 “Bella” and 2015 “Debut” (nominated by Poeziia) literary prizes. Her poems have been translated into English, French, Polish, and Lithuanian. She translated Maria Galina’s novel Avtokhtony into Ukrainian (Folio, 2016).