Kyra is a lifelong New Yorker with deep Russian roots. She holds degrees from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Her background is in film, theatre and ballet.


Kyra has written the book and lyrics for a number of musicals, most recently To Dance, which tells the story of Russian Jewish ballet dancer Valery Panov whose struggle to emigrate in the 1970s made international headlines.  


While weaving her father’s and grandmother's history into the fictional Red Winter, she did extensive research into 1920s Siberia.  Currently, she is working on the sequel to Red Winter, set in Yokohama, Japan from 1920-1923 and continuing the family saga.

She is also writing a memoir, Urge To Rome, about the year she moved to Italy with her family hoping that by changing her address, she would change her life. 

Kyra's love of rhyme has resulted in several children's books in verse...and she is currently at work on a memoir based on the year she and her family lived in Rome.

Kyra lives in New York with her husband, David, and their children, Michael Ray and Larissa.

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