Alina Talybova is one of the most active participants in literary life in Azerbaijan. She is active within the writers’ union, active as a journalist and active as an organiser of the annual festival, Literary Baku. She also works as an editor and as a translator from Azeri into English. Although her three poetry collections are written in Russian, her poetry shows a deep love and awareness of Azeri culture. Beneath the surface of modern Baku it is possible to hear the folk rhythms of an ancient culture coming through.