Yasha (Yakov) Klots received his PhD degree in Russian literature from Yale University in 2011 and an M.A. from Boston College in 2005. Before joining Georgia Tech, he taught at Yale and at Williams College. His research fields are contemporary Russian poetry, émigré literature and culture, linguistic anthropology, bilingualism, literary translation, Gulag narratives, urbanism, the mythology of St. Petersburg and the representation of other cities in Russian literature. He is the author of Joseph Brodsky in Lithuania (St. Petersburg: Perlov Design Center, 2010; in Russian), which features his photographs of Lithuanian towns and rural landscapes. Together with Ross Ufberg, he translated into English Tamara Petkevich’s Memoir of a Gulag Actress (DeKalb: Northern Illinois UP, 2010) and, most recently, Sergei Dovlatov’s The Outpost: Notes of a Correspondent (under submission). He is currently working on an anthology of Russian poetry about New York City, as well as on a monograph that explores the presence of New York in Russian and East European cultures; as a supplement to these projects, he is also preparing a volume of interviews with Russian and East European poets writing about the American metropolis. His hobbies include photography and travel.