Laima Vince is a writer, poet, playwright, educator, and literary translator. She earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a second MFA in Nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire. Laima Vince has been awarded two Fulbright grants in Creative Writing and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Literature. Laima Vince writes about people and places. She is the author of a novel, This is Not My Sky, and four works of literary nonfiction, Digging a Hole to China, The Snake in the Vodka Bottle, Journey into the Backwaters of the Heart, Lenin's Head on a Platter. Her plays have been performed in Europe, Hong Kong, and the United States. Laima Vince is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post with her own blog. Laima Vince teaches Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine.