Maria Kuznetsova

Instructor & Writer
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Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the United States as a child. Her debut novel, OKSANA, BEHAVE! was published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House in 2019. Her fiction and non-fiction appears in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Southern Review, Guernica, The Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, Slate Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Auburn, Alabama and teaches for Auburn University, where she will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the fall. She is also a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature. Her second novel, SOMETHING UNBELIEVABLE, will be published by Random House in April 2021.   


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Cover Photo: This photograph shows an old green car sunk into brown grass off the side of a road. The sky is gray and it looks chilly, like an early spring day.
Promoting My Book with Postpartum Depression

I previously had no concept of what it was like to be a victim of your troubled mind.

Jun 16, 2021
Cover Photo: In this photograph, a young woman holds a shattered mirror up to her face. As the viewers, we "stand" behind her and see the lower half of her face reflected back in the biggest shard.
On the Dangers of Autobiographical Writing

Writing like I didn’t think anyone would ever see my words made me bold and reckless, taking risks I might have avoided if I knew my book would be published.

Apr 15, 2020