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Valerie Kipnis Valeriya Kipnis is an immigrant writer, reporter, and documentary producer. Currently, she is on her 2022 Fulbright to Ukraine in Warsaw, Poland. She is working on an oral history project about linguistics and memory. Usually, she works for VICE News, an Emmy-award winning nightly news show, where she reports on: climate change, reproductive rights, and the former Soviet Union. Occasionally, she hosts live shows about space or talks to pigs in Vegas. Formerly, she worked at or contributed to: Coda Story, The Moscow Times, and NBC. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia and raised in south Brooklyn, she attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, where she studied the intersection of Post-Soviet History, Comparative Literature, and Political Philosophy. After graduating, she received the Dean's Award and traveled to Russia to "find herself." She did not, of course, do that. In 2021, she received her MFA in Non-Fiction Writing from The New School. Upon graduating, she was awarded the 2021 Bette Howland Nonfiction Prize by judge Emily Bernard. She likes to write essays and narrative non-fiction about immigrants, Russia,  Brooklyn, and language. Her literary work debuted in A Public Space in July of 2021. 

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