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Pania Tkachenko, 2019 1st Place Creative Nonfiction

Submissions for the Creative Non-Fiction category are open to one work of creative nonfiction completed for coursework in the last calendar year. Submissions should not exceed 20 pages. Pania Tkachenko wrote the 1st place submission in the Creative Nonfiction Category for the 2020 President’s Writing Awards.

About Pania

Pania leans against her husband. A cloudy sky, a white fence, and fields are in the distance.

Pania graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing Emphasis. She grew up in Kuna, Idaho, but has lived in several western states, as well as Ukraine. Writing has always been her passion and she plans to pursue a master’s degree in creative writing after graduation. Pania was part of the writer’s room for Boise State’s Narrative TV Initiative this year. Her team’s script, Lucky Us, is currently being produced by BSU and she continues to collaborate on the project. Ukraine, it’s people and struggles, is a place she continues to return to in her writing; she is grateful for her husband’s willingness to share his heritage with her and for his constant support. She has two sweet and spunky children and looks forward to spending more time with her family.