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Liana Alaverdova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and graduated from Azerbaijan University. Her poems, essays, articles, and translations of English and native Azerbaijani into Russian have been published in Azerbaijan, Israel and the United States, where she emigrated to in 1993. In 1991, Liana received the Korchak Award for her cycle of poems about the teacher and humanist Yanosh Korchak, who was murdered with his students in Poland during World War II. She has had three bilingual poetry collections published. The most recent is From Baku to Brooklyn. She has also authored two plays. Liana lives in Brooklyn with her family and works at the Brooklyn Public Library.