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. She is the author of the debut novel Oksana, Behave! and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Southern Review, Guernica, The Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, Slate, and elsewhere. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and daughter and teaches at Auburn University. She is also a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature.