Katerina Poladjan, born in Moscow, lives as a writer in Berlin. She studied applied cultural sciences (philosophy and art) at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. In 2011 Rowohlt published her debut novel In einer Nacht, woanders (One Night, Somewhere Else), in 2015 her novel Vielleicht Marseille (Maybe Marseille) and in 2016 the literary travel book Hinter Sibirien (Trans-Siberia). Poladjan has been nominated for the Alfred Döblin Prize and the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature and received the Berlin Senate Grant, the Grenzgänger Grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Alfred Döblin Foundation Grant, and the Prussian Sea Trade Grant. Her latest novel, Hier sind Löwen (Here Be Lions), on which she worked during her residency at Tarabya Cultural Academy, was published in 2019.
Katerina Poladjan was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from July to September 2017 and from March to August 2018.