Yelena Schmitz graduated from an MFA of Word Art from the Royal Conservatory Antwerp. She writes and makes radio documentaries. In 2017 she won the Nieuwe Types prize for best work graduating from a Dutch-language writing program. She also won the Korte Golf Radioprijs, and, with her micro-story “Ich bin wie du,” the Deus Ex Machina prize. Yelena is co-founder of literary magazine and collective ZINK.