Darina (Dasha) Sikmashvili was born in Lubny, Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she moved at age eight with her mother. They are pictured below on their third day in the United States of America.  

Her writing has won the Hopwood Prize (screenwriting, & nonfiction), the Kasdan Scholarship (screenwriting), as well as the Henfield Prize (fiction). She was a 2019 grant recipient from the Can Sarrat Writing Residency in Barcelona, Spain, a 2020 grant recipient from the Laimun Residency in Sardinia, Italy and a 2021 recipient of the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers Conference.

As of fall 2020 she is pursuing an MFA in fiction at the Helen Zell Writers Program (University of Michigan) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She’s working on a novel.