Dinara Asadulina is a writer and an educator, exploring what it is to be human and to learn. She received a BA (Hons) in Lingusitics from Saint Petersburg State University. She completed an MPhil in Education from the University of Cambridge as a Chevening and Cambridge Trust scholar, and did an MFA in Writing at Pratt Institute. Since 2012 Dinara has been a co-founder and director of Plombir School, an independent progressive school in St.Petersburg, where many students come from low-income and marginalised communities. The school is focused on nurturing creativity and social, emotional, and ethical skills through art (visual, performative and literary). In 2020 Dinara became an education fellow at The Stanford U.S. -Russia Forum. As an artist, she sees a page as an open space and works in multidisciplinary writing, verse fiction, poetry and installation.