Born in Lviv in 1991. Ukrainian journalist and writer, author of the book on national minorities in Ukraine “Our Others”. Specializes on topics of cultural and national identity, and the frontier.
She studied at the Department of Journalism at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. During 2014—2018, she worked on a PhD thesis titled “Travel Anthropology in Literary Reportages of Joseph Roth” at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and University of Vienna (2016, OeAD Research Fellowship).
Olesya Yaremchuk worked as a correspondent of the international department at the “The Day Newspaper” (Kyiv); freelance journalist for “The Day Newspaper” (Kyiv); and magazines: “Litaktsent” (Kyiv), “New Eastern Europe” (Krakow) and “Ukrainian magazine” (Prague). She did internships in German “Deutsche Welle” (Bonn) and “Hamburger Abendblatt” (Hamburg). Since 2015, she is the author and journalist of the project on national minorities in Ukraine “Our Others” in the online-magazine “The Ukrainians” (Lviv). Reportages of Olesya Yaremchuk have been translated into the Czech, German and English languages.
Olesya authored and curated the Special Program of Literary Reportage “Crossing the Borders” at the 25th “Lviv Publishers’ Forum” (2016) and other events at literary festivals.
From January 2016 to April 2017, she curated the Maik Yohansen Literary Reportages Award “Samovydets” at the Tempora Publishing House. From June 2017 to February 2019, she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the Choven Publishing House, which specializes on reportage and documentary literature.
She is the laureate of the Literary Reportages Award “Samovydets” from the Tempora Publishing House (2014), “LitAccent of the Year Award” (2018), scholar of the “ADAMI Media Prize” (2018) and the “KulturKontakt Austria Foundation” (2019).
Member of Ukrainian PEN.
Armenians, Germans, Meskhetian Turks, Jews, Romanians, Swedes — dozens of different nationalities call Ukraine their home. From the humid towns of Donbas and Bukovyna to the quiet villages of Bessarabia and Transcarpathia, reporter Olesya Yaremchuk visited many communities to document how national minorities live and what they remember about their past. The book «Our Others. Stories of Ukrainian Diversity» is a unique collection of sincere and intimate stories about people who add color and fullness to Ukrainian culture.