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I was raised first in Odesa, Ukraine, then in Moscow, and came to the United States with my family. (The first poem I wrote in English was about seeing the moon at JFK: how could the same moon appear in the Russian Federation and the US!) My PhD is in Slavic Languages and Literatures. I taught in the Slavic field at the university level between switching to teaching creative writing.

My book A Life Replaced: Poems and Translations from Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman is available here.


My poems have been recognized by the CALYX Journal's Lois Cranston Memorial Prize and the Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Project. Poems, translations, and essays are published in The New York Times, AGNI Online, the Kenyon Review Online, and other journals. The poet and filmmaker Mohsen Emadi has translated my work into Persian.

I live in the Philadelphia area with my spouse, our ten-year-old son, two cats, and a lot of plants. You can reach me at

Below are some of the organizations where I had been a teacher, fellow, mentee, or resident. Please consider them on your journey!

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