Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus, and moved to the United States in 2006. She is the author of Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press, 2008) and Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press 2012). Mort has received the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and the Bess Hokin Prize, among others. Currently she is a visiting writer at Cornell University.
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