"I was born in the Ukraine. My father, Michael Dray-Khmara, was a famous poet and scholar. He encouraged me as a child to write my poems. His tragic death made a deep impression on me. I studied at the Slavic Department of Columbia University where I received my M.A. for work on my father's poetry. I also received a Doctorate Degree in Slavic Literature from the Sorbonne in Paris. The music and color of poetry help me to express the idea of love for all living things."