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Photo credit: Laura Turbow


My writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Parents, The Moscow Times, Scary Mommy and others, winning awards from the New York Press Association. I hold graduate degrees in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York Graduate Center and in Communications from Georgetown University. I've taught English Composition, ESL and journalism at universities in California and New Jersey. 

I also specialize in developing communications strategies and content for nonprofit organizations, technology companies working to combat climate change and the government (U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force). 

My nonfiction book about immigrant families was published by Beacon Press in November 2022, followed by a paperback in October 2022. I'm represented by the Robin Straus Literary Agency. I was born in the former Soviet Union and now live in California with my family and a buckwheat-loving dwarf hamster.

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