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'The speech was a high point of my career, and I could not have done it without Inna’s skill. She is incredibly responsive, intuitive, and articulate. She was attuned to the nuances of my world and to the ways in which I wanted to express certain details, as my life’s work has been to advance the science behind abortion access and reproductive autonomy for women around the world. Ever since I made my speech, I have been receiving messages like, 'And your comments were just lovely – moving and powerful.' '

-Prof. Ushma Upadhyay, director of research, University of California Global Health Institute's Center of Expertise on Women's Health, Gender, and  Empowerment;  ANSIRH at University of California, San Francisco

'Inna is a rock. Her writing is always lucid and forceful but she’s one of those lucky people who have an extra gear, and she can create pieces that are beautiful and moving. I loved collaborating with her on speeches, opinion pieces, scripts, and all the wide variety of content we wrote.' 

-Matt Cox, former speechwriter for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

'I am 5 for 5 in full rides to law school, with a huge scholarship to Northwestern! I definitely would not have gotten in without Inna's help in putting my story into words. She changed my entire life.' -Kenna L, Law Student

'I just wanted to let you know we have a Cameron Impact Scholar!! We could not have done it without you.' - Parent of full-ride merit scholarship recipient

'You are truly a magician.' - Faten, prospective economist, United Arab Emirates 

'Inna is a true expert. Her skill and dedication were tremendously helpful in polishing my grad school essay and taking it to the next level. Inna shared unique insights into what schools are seeking in a candidate, and she acted as a guide to make sure the programs I chose were a good match for my goals. My acceptance into grad school is the start of a new chapter in my life, and I really appreciate the professionalism and care that Inna put into the process.' 

-Pam Petrigliano, LMFT Student

'I had the delightful experience of getting to work with Inna. Her cool curiosity was clear to us all ... Inna started to explore her craft with speechwriting, which finds us in the present and ... ah, there's that curiosity again, this time asking YOU to think. Storyteller + a little bit of a scare, now that's #ladybadassery.'

-Joanna Bloor, TED speaker, CEO of The Amplify Lab

'...spellbinding use of language and dense, ponderous imagery. Our editors found themselves rereading it once, twice, three times to take it all in.'

-Luke Larkin, CutBank Literary Journal of the University of Montana 

'They are remarkable for the density of the prose, the rhythms of her sentences, and her concentration of purpose. Her stories are unsummarizable, and do not exist apart from their style... Inna’s stories function as vehicles to probe those timeless places that define... what it means to be human.'

-Jim Krusoe, author of The Sleep Garden


...'a richness of fricatives and plosives, textured words that wow me with their density, weight, lightness, too.. an African symphony of sounds and smells and spells… Tantalizing.'

- British Fantasy Society award-winning reviewer, Des Lewis

'When Inna told me that she was writing fiction, I was really excited. I think we always need writers who can see the world in an unexpected way, with honesty and humor and an open heart....With this setup, you’d maybe expect ... a piece of sly social satire, and in some ways it is. But... is also beautiful and difficult... and completely devastating. Get your heart ready.'

-Jade Chang, author of The Wangs Vs. the World 

'Inna's stories are those rare stories that are so good that if I see her name on a project, it is a must-buy for this reader ... And caution, the depths they traverse make these not for the faint-hearted.'

-Daniel Braum, editor, author of Underworld Dreams

'One of the baddest.' 

          -The Honorable Shay Franco-Clausen

'For the last 28 years, Primestor Development has acted as a community-focused development and investment company in Los Angeles dedicated to improving the quality of life of our underserved neighborhoods. We focus on working with community stakeholders and our elected officials to create projects that ...transform neighborhoods. Inna was hired to help create a marketing deck, messaging outline, website strategy, and creative copy... She has brought a very high level of professionalism, creativity, intelligence, value, and care to these assignments.'

-Leandro Tyberg, president of Primestor

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