About

Masha Kisel holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Northwestern University. Her writing has been published in The Forward, Gulf Coast, Vestal Review and others. She currently lives in Dayton, OH where she teaches at the University of Dayton. Masha is working on her first novel inspired by her experience of immigrating from Ukraine to the U.S. and the cultural confusion that followed. Find Masha on Twitter @MashaKisel1

Essays

“Checkmate,” Columbia Journal (March 2021)

“A Bisel Kisel” monthly column in The Dayton Jewish Observer (April 2019-July 2020; Honorable mention from 39th Annual Simon Rockower Awards, American Jewish Press Association, 2020; Second Place Best Column SJP:Ohio’s Best Journalism, 2020)

“A Tale of Two Summer Camps,” The Forward (June 2019)

“As a Russian Jewish Immigrant I was a Stranger at the Passover Seder,” The Forward (April 2019)

Short Stories

“Lady Centaur,” East by Northeast (March 2021; shortlisted for Masters Review Winter 2019-2020 Short Story Award)

“Fallout,” Gulf Coast (Summer/Fall 2021)

Flash Fiction

“One-Night Stand,” Vestal Review (June 2021)

“Sex Doll Rebellion,” Lunchbreak Zine (September 2021)

“Mythical Creatures,” Sledgehammer Lit (Forthcoming October 2021)

“Beating Boris,” Short Vigorous Roots: A Contemporary Flash Fiction Collection of First Generation Migrant Voices (Forthcoming February 2022 from Ooligan Press)

“The Playground Dads’ Coven,” Parenting Stories Gone Speculative (Forthcoming 2022 from Alternating Current Press)

Poetry

“Unsolved Childhood Riddle,” Versification Zine (Forthcoming August 2021)

Reviews

Mikhail Zoshchenko: Sentimental Tales translated by Boris Dralyuk, Translation and Literature (Summer 2020)

Academic Articles

“Literacy and Literary Mastery in Early Soviet Literature: The Case of Yuri Olesha’s Envy,” Ulbandus (2008)

“Feuilletons Don’t Burn: Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and the Imagined ‘Soviet Reader’,” Slavic Review (2009)

Awards

“A Bisel Kisel” monthly column in The Dayton Jewish Observer, Honorable mention from 39th Annual Simon Rockower Awards, AJPA 2020 for “A Taste of Brokenness at Our First Passover Seder,” “The Descendant of a Rabbi a Priest and a Cossack” and “Who By Fire?” (2020)

“A Bisel Kisel” monthly column in The Dayton Jewish Observer, Second Place best column, small circulation, SPJ: Ohio’s Best Journalism Awards (2020)

“Lady Centaur,” short-listed for Masters Review Winter 2019-2020 Short Story Competition


Email me at kisel.masha@gmail.com

Follow me on Twitter at @MashaKisel1