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Ruth Madievsky
Ruth Madievsky
"Poems By..." interview series
Poetry.LA studio
Santa Monica, CA
Ruth Madievsky is a poet and essayist, born in Moldova (former USSR), now living in L.A. Her debut collection, Emergency Brake (Tavern Books, 2016), spent five months on Small Press Distribution's Poetry Bestsellers list. Her debut novel, "All-Night Pharmacy," is forthcoming from Catapult Books in 2023. She was the winner of The American Poetry Review's Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, a Tin House scholarship in poetry and The Iowa Review's Tim McGinnis Award for fiction. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Harper's Bazaar, Tin House, Guernica, them, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, Poem-A-Day, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Cheburashka Collective, a community of women and nonbinary writers whose identity has been shaped by immigration from the Soviet Union to the United States. She writes a personal essay column for Catapult, "Eldest Immigrant Daughter." When she is not writing, she works as an HIV and primary care clinical pharmacist.
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