Katya Apekina's last story with Joyland, "The Untitled Lincoln Love Story Project," was the most read story of 2012 for the New York region and was picked by Yahoo! News as a "smart read for the weekend." She's had other stories out recently with The Iowa Review, Santa Monica Review, West Branch, PANK, and Nat. Brut, and forthcoming in Bodega and Word Riot’s 10 Year Anniversary Anthology. She did her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis and residencies at UCROSS and VCCA. Her poetry translations have appeared in Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and About Mayakovsky (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She also co-wrote the screenplay for New Orleans, Mon Amour, which premiered at SXSW in 2008 and starred Elisabeth Moss and Christopher Eccleston. She lives in L.A. right now, and is working on her first novel.