Hometown: Amherst, MA and Moscow, Russia
Education: Columbia University – Major: English Literature
Irina was born in Moscow, Russia. Growing up, her family moved frequently between Russia, Scotland, Austin, TX, and Amherst, MA, where she attended high school. She graduated from Columbia University in 2017, where she majored in English Literature and also took a number of poetry writing workshops. Outside of the classroom, she was a Deputy Events Editor for Quarto Magazine, the literary magazine of the Creative Writing department, and a Staff Writer and an A&E Associate Editor with the Columbia Spectator. She also held work-study positions at the Columbia libraries and at the library of the Metropolitan Museum. While at Columbia, she had the opportunity to work with second graders as a tutor with America Reads, which developed her interest in teaching and mentoring, and in education reform. Off-campus, she also spent a year as an intern at Poets House, a poetry library and literary center. In the future, Irina is committed to helping create inclusive arts and literary spaces. She is very excited to learn about teaching and community-building this year as a BETA.