I grew up playing hockey in cold winters and playing football (soccer) in hot, but short summer weather in Siberia. In 1999 I immigrated to Canada. Broad international experience and education, as well as familiarity with different political systems helps me better understand cultural differences.
I started writing poetry in my twenties. What influenced me to start? I do not know. Maybe it was the desire to express myself, maybe to share my point of view and opinions. I am not sure. It just kept coming to my head. While I was a kid I had to learn many subjects at school, including literature.
Our literature teacher, Valentina Sliva, did a fabulous job. She was kind of tough on us: we had to memorize a lot of poems written by the Greatest Russian poets such as Pushkin, Mayakovski, Block, Lermontov, Yesenin and many others.
My mom also always served as a good example for me; she wrote many different funny poems for occasions like birthdays, parties and school meetings.