Milana Meytes is a Master's student at NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She studies diaspora, memory and literature at Draper's interdisciplinary humanities program. Her thesis focuses on a 20th century Russian Emigre Archive in Prague that weaves together the connections between nationalisms, memory and historicity. Milana was born in a dwindling Soviet Union, current day Uzbekistan and grew up in Washington Heights, NYC. She started exploring her family history through memoir and later poetry at Wheaton College, MA. Creative writing and NYC are her first loves and homes; she hopes to create a home in writing for diasporic and refugee populations in NYC through teaching.