Dzvinka Matiyash was born 1978 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Graduated from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (theory and history of literature), finished doctoral studies (Polish religious poetry) in European Colegium of Polish and Ukrainian Universities (Lublin, Poland).
She is autor of two novels «Rekvijem dlia lystopadu» (Requiem for November) (2005, 2007), «Roman pro batkivshchynu» (The Novel about Motherland) (2006, polish translation 2014), fairy tales for children and their parents «Kazky Piatynky» (Piatynka’s Tales) (2010) and the book of short stories «Istoriji pro trojandy, doshch i sil» (Stories about the roses, rain and salt) (2012). This book won the prize of Kovaliv’s Foundation (USA) for the best book of Ukrainian prose in 2012, and it was in a short list of the BBC contest “Knyzhka roku” (The Book of the Year). 3 short stories from this book were published in Herstories: An Anthology of New Ukrainian Women Prose Writers (UK, 2014).
The book for children „Den Snihovyka“ (The Snowman’s day) is to be published in 2014.
Besides literary activity Dzvinka Matiyash translates from Polish, Belarusan and Russian. Her main translations are collections of poetry by polish poet Jan Twardowski “Herbarij” (Herbarium) (2008) and “Shche odna molytva” (One More Prayer) (2009), Imperium (2012) by famous Polish reporter and traveller Ryszard Kapuscinski, book of conversation with famous Polish painter Jerzy Nowosielski “Rozmovy z Jerzy Novosielskym” (2011), reportings by young Polish reporter Witold Szablowski “Ubyvtsia z mista abrykos” (polish title Zabójca z miasta moreli) (2012), novel “Myszka” (polish title “Poczwarka”) (2013) by polish writer Dorota Terakowska and poems for the anthology of the contemporary Ukrainian and Belarusan poetry “Zviazokrozryv\Suviaz’razryu” (2006).
Currently she tightly cooperates with Polish Institute in Kyiv, as well she is a member of jury panel of Metaphora award for young translators (Kyiv).
Galyna Tkachuk (Галина Ткачук), born 1985 in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine, is author of poetry, short stories and children’s books.
She is student of “Philosophy of Literature” PhD program, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Main publications in Ukraine: Біле благо (The White Good), poetry, 2003, Славка (Slavka), short stories, 2006, Вікно до собаки (A Window to a Dog), children’s novel, 2011, Найкращі часи (The Best Times), short stories, 2012, Вечірні крамниці вулиці Волоської (Evening Shops of Voloska street), children’s novel, 2014.
She published poetry and short stories in Polish translation in anthologies and magazines.
International writing scholarships: February-July 2011 — The Gaude Polonia Scholarship Programme for Young Foreign Cultural Professionals in Kraków, Poland; August 2009 — residency in the International Writers’ and Translators’ House, Ventspils, Latvia.
• 2010 — first prize in the Ukrainian contest for the best works for children “Золотий лелека” (Golden Stork).
• 2012 — “Золота Пір’їна” (Golden Feather), the award of the children’s magazine “Ангелятко” (Little Angel).