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Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the United States as a child. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her debut novel, OKSANA, BEHAVE! is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau/Random House in March of 2019. Her fiction and non-fiction appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Southern Review, Guernica, The Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, Slate Magazine, and elsewhere.

She lives in Auburn, Alabama with her husband and daughter and teaches for Auburn University. She is at work on a semi-historical novel, which will be published by Random House in 2021.