Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, by a mother who believed that unless you read every day, you did not deserve dinner. Kristina graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University and worked as a school teacher and an interpreter before moving to the United States in 1994. She received an M.A. in English from Radford University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University.
Her work appeared in Prairie Schooner, Bayou, The Southern Review, Rosebud, The Southwest Review, Nimrod, Calyx, Arts & Letters, North Dakota Quarterly, The Louisville Review, Confrontation, and elsewhere. Her short fiction was selected as a finalist for multiple awards, including five Pushcart Prizes. Kristina is the winner of the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, first prize. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the 2015 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her debut novel, Not to Be Reproduced, was shortlisted for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize.