Katia was born in the Black Sea town of Odessa in 1978, moving to Melbourne, Australia at the age of ten. She holds an Arts/Law degree from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Publishing and Editing from RMIT. She was a recipient of the Honours Prize for the final publishing project in the Graduate Diploma at RMIT.  She has lived in Russia and Brazil, collecting several languages along the way. Katia has been a managing editor with Five Islands Press since 2010 and a long-term member of Australian Poetry and Writers Victoria. Over the past fifteen years Katia has edited for Dorling Kindersley, Melbourne University Publishing, Wild Dingo Press, Cambridge University Press, Affirm Press, Transit Lounge and Hardie Grant. She also regularly copy edits and proofreads for Dumbo Feather and Attenzione magazines. In her work for private clients, Katia specialises in manuscript appraisal and structural editing, especially memoir, poetry and literary fiction.