About This Blog

This blog is our joint effort to highlight writing by those from the former Soviet Union now living in various diasporas and by those who live in the post-Soviet space. As Russian-Jewish immigrants to the U.S., we are invested in cultural, linguistic, and geographical hybridity. “Punctured Lines” describes our hope to complicate essentialist views of identity and to read across borders. Our outlook is feminist, and we particularly want to amplify traditionally under-represented voices.

Our Publications and Work We Love

Our Books:

Yelena Furman, “Rewriting Gender: Russian-American Women Writers and the Challenge to Russian Femininity,” in Global Russian Cultures, edited by Kevin M. F. Platt (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019)

Olga Zilberbourg, LIKE WATER AND OTHER STORIES, forthcoming from WTAW Press September 2019

Work We Love:

Irina Reyn, What Happened to Anna K. Simon and Schuster (Touchstone), 2009

Anya Ulinich, Petropolis. Penguin Random House, 2008

Lara Vapnyar, There Are Jews in My House, Penguin Random House, 2004

Clarice Lispector, Audre Lorde, Gina Berriault, Grace Paley