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! was published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House in 2019. Her fiction and nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, Slate, and elsewhere. She lives in Auburn, Alabama with her husband and daughter and teaches for Auburn University. She is at work on a second novel, which will be published by Random House in 2021. She is also a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature.