Andrei Petrovitch Krasniashikh, born in 1970 in Poltava, Ukraine, has a PhD in philology and is an associate professor of the history of international literature and classics at Kharkov National University. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Writers' Union, a prominent literary journal in Kharkov. His published books include: 1000 Pseudonyms (Kharkov, 2002, with Konstantin Belayev), Ukrainian Nostradamus (Kharkov, 2005), Kharkov in the Mirror of World Literature (Kharkov, 2007, with Konstantin Belayev), and the short story collection The Park of Culture and Relaxation (Kharkov, 2008). He has been published in many print literary journals and his work has appeared in English translation in The Literary Review and The Massachussets Review. Krasniashikh wrote the introduction for a collection of the translated works of Arthur Conan Doyle (Kharkov, 2008) and for other books about Conan Doyle, William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Rudyard Kipling. He is the editor of various anthologies, including Kiev: Anatomy of the City (Київ. Анатомія міста, 2009). He is the recipient of many awards, including the Third Annual International Competition of Short Prose, and was named a “Cultural Hero” in 2002 at the Ukrainian National Festival of Contemporary Art. He was short-listed for the prestigious Andrei Bely Prize in 2009, the oldest independent literary prize in Russia.