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DENIS OSOKIN was born in Kazan in 1977 and educated in Warsaw, Kazan and Syktyvkar, with degrees in philology and folklore studies. He is the creator, screenwriter and director of a documentary film series on peoples of the Volga region. He received the 2001 Debut prize for his short story "Angels and Revolution. Vyatka. 1923." In 2008 he won the Zvyozdny Bilet prize for his story "Silent Souls" (Ovsyanki), which was made into a film directed by Alexei Fyodorenko.