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Maria Kuznetsova

Maria Kuznetsova

Assistant Professor


Maria Kuznetsova

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9004 Haley Center

Office Hours

By appointment via Zoom


MFA, Iowa Writers' Workshop

MA, University of California, Davis

BA, Duke University

About Me

Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the United States as a child. Her debut novel, a comedic coming-of-age story about a feisty immigrant, Oksana, Behave! was published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House in 2019. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and a best spring read of Oprah Magazine, Pop Sugar, InStyle, and the Wall Street Journal. Her second novel, a historical and humorous meditation on generational divides, legacy, and loss called Something Unbelievable, will be published by Random House in April 2021. Her fiction and non-fiction also appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Southern Review, Guernica, The Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, Slate Magazine, and elsewhere. 

She received a BA in English from Duke University, an MA in English and fiction writing from UC Davis, and an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is also a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature. She lives in Auburn with her husband and daughter. 

Research Interests

creative writing