Lyuba Yakimchuk is a poet, playwright, and scriptwriter. Originally from the Luhansk region of Ukraine and currently living in Kyiv, she is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Apricots of Donbas, which received the International Poetic Award of the Kovalev Foundation. This book was listed in the Top 10 books about the war in Forbes magazine, Ukraine. Yakimchuk has received a number of awards, including the International Slavic Poetic Award. Her poems have been translated into twenty languages. In 2015 Kyiv’s New Time magazine listed Yakimchuk among the one hundred most influential people in the arts in Ukraine. In 2022 she performed her poem “Prayer” with John Legend’s “Free” at the Grammy Awards.