Marie Iljašenko (1983) was born in Kyiv in a family with Czech and Polish roots. She writes in Czech. Her collection of poems Osip míří na jih (Osip is Heading to the South) was published in 2015 and nominated for the Magnesia Litera Prise in the category Discovery of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Dresdener Literature Prize. Her second collection of poems appears in 2019 and it is titled Sv. Outdoor (St. Outdoor). Occasionally she writes short stories, essays and columns. She is active as a translator and works as an editor in the publishing house. She lives in Prague.
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