Tania Skarynkina, poet and essayist, was born in 1969 in Smarhon, Belarus. She has worked as a journalist and illustrator. Her first poem was published in 1980. Her later poetry has appeared in a wide range of journals and in book form. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerzy Geidroyc Literary Award, and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the Grigor'ev Prize for Russian language poetry.