Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to NYC in 1990. An MFA graduate of Portland State University, she was the nonfiction editor for the Portland Review and is a recipient of the Laurels Scholarship and numerous Kellogg's Fellowship awards. She has a second master's degree in creative arts therapy from the School of Visual Arts, previously counseling survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Her work has appeared in Vela Magazine, Entropy, Electric Lit, the Seattle Review of Books, Ravishly, and the Literary Review, among others; all with a feminist lens. She lives in Portland with her two children. Mother Winter is her first book.