About Authors


Konrad Bercovici wrote articles for Harper’s Magazine, novels, fiction, and travel books before his death in 1961. His works include Exodus (Jewish Book Club, 1947), The Volga Boatman (Wildside Press, 2010), as well as the autobiography, It’s the Gypsy in Me (Kessinger Publishing, 2010).

Jeff Bliumis and Alina Bliumis are New York-based artists who have been collaborating since 2000. Jeff received his BA from Columbia University in 1981. Alina received her BFA from the School of Visual Art in 1999 and a diploma from the Advanced Course in Visual Arts in Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy in 2005, with visiting professor Alfredo Jaar. They have exhibited internationally at the first, second, and third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Busan Biennale 2006 (Busan, South Korea), Assab One (Milan, Italy), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, US), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France), Centre d’art Contemporain (Meymac, France), Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, US), Museums of Bat Yam (Bat-Yam, Israel), the Jewish Museum (New York, US), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK) and others. Jeff and Alina have been the recipients of a number of grants, fellowships and residencies, including Franklin Furnace Fund, New York (2010-2011); Six Points Fellowship, New York (Alina Bliumis 2007-2009); Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York (2005/2006/2009); Black and White Project Space Residency, Brooklyn, New York (2009); Art in Public Spaces Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (2008); Strategic Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York (2008); Puffin Foundations Grant, New York (2008) and Quartier 21 Residency, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria (2005). Their works are in various private and public collections, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Museums of Bat Yam (Israel), the Saatchi Collection (UK), the Harvard Business School (US), the Museum of Immigration History, Paris (France) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK). www.bliumis.com

Jenya Gorbatsevich has extensive experience in the fields of program evaluation and strategic planning in the FSU, Israel and North America. Jenya’s work is focused on Jewish education, community development and capacity-building efforts in the field of Jewish renewal and informal education. She has led a number of significant projects in large Jewish communities across the FSU. She has a Master’s Degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Joshua Ellison is Executive Editor of Restless Books, a digital publishing house specializing in international literature that has been praised in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications around the world. He is the co-author, with Ilan Stavans, of Reclaiming Travel (Duke University Press, 2015). He is the founder of Habitus: A Diaspora journal. Library Journal commended the magazine’s “exemplary creative and journalistic work.” His work has appeared in The New York TimesWorld Policy Journal, on National Public Radio, and in publications from Belfast to Beijing. He has curated events and delivered lectures at the New York Public Library, Harvard University, Princeton University, the PEN World Voices Festival, the Museum of Jewish History, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and other venues. As a photographer, writer, and editor, he had worked in Israel, Bosnia, Hungary, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, and Germany. www.restlessbooks.com

David Shneer has been called a “pathbreaking” scholar by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Shneer’s research focuses on 20th century European, Russian, and Jewish history and culture. His latest book,Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust (Rutgers University Press, 2011), won the 2013 Jordan Schnitzer Prize of the Association for Jewish Studies and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. His other books include Queer Jews, finalist for the Lambda Literary award, Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora, which has sparked discussion in publications like the Economist and the Jerusalem Postwww.davidshneer.com

Anya Ulinich grew up in Moscow and immigrated to Arizona when she was seventeen. She holds an MFA in visual arts from the University of California, Davis. Her first novel, Petropolis, was published by Viking in 2007, and has since been translated into ten languages. Her graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, was published by Penguin this year and named one of the Notable Books of 2014 by The New York TimesBook Review. Ulinich’s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York TimesNewsweek, Zoetrope: All-Story, n+1, PEN America Journal, and the Jewish Daily Forward. She has taught writing at the New School, NYU and Gotham Writer’s Workshop. www.anyaulinichbooks.com