Anna-Christina Betekhtin was born and raised in New York City. Throw in some Russian and New England heritage, every summer spent listening to grandparents’ stories in the Colorado mountains, some college and boarding school in the Midwest, a lot of ice hockey, some flamenco and modern dance, countless hours spent helping out at a zoo and an animal hospital, a complicated relationship with the cello and an addiction to thrift shopping, and you get a young woman determined to express herself as best she knows how.

Anna-Christina graduated in 2013 from the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, from 2013 to January 2017, variously participating in the Nursing, Social Work, English and Religion majors {not all at the same time!}, as well as the Honor Council, Rugby team, Gospel Choir and Dance department. After returning home, she did a stint in retail and then pivoted to childcare, including along the autism spectrum. In her spare time, she walked dogs and involved herself at The Tank, an ongoing interest.

She is currently in a now two-year-long bout with a rare type of brain cancer, but looks forward to regaining her full health, and to resuming her education as soon as possible as she enters the job market. She seeks to synthesize her interests in writing, editing, children’s literature, scientific journalism, textbooks, mental health, psychiatry and psychopathology.

Anna-Christina currently lives in New York City with her parents, as well as Pan and Loki, two borzoi hounds, and Tigra, a very opinionated and reclusive marmalade cat.

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