Natalka Burian is the co-owner of two bars, Elsa and Ramona, as well as the co-founder of The Freya Project, a feminist fundraising reading series. She is the author of Welcome to the Slipstream, a novel, and A Woman's Drink, a cocktail book. She received an MA from Columbia University where she studied Eastern European literature. Natalka grew up on a farm in Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.