Masha Shukovich earned a BA in English Language & Literature from Belgrade University, Serbia, and MA and PhD degrees in Communication and Gender Studies from Texas A&M University. She is currently an MFA candidate at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA, where she is completing her first novel. Masha describes herself as a writer, poet, storyteller, scholar, teacher, mother, chef, performer, and a visual artist. She also is a demigirl (she/her/hers), a neurodivergent person, and an immigrant from a country (Yugoslavia) that no longer exists.
As a keeper of oral, written, and visual stories, she believes in the power of narrative. For her, stories are maps for being in the world, for understanding our sacred entanglements, and for practicing our deep interconnectedness with everything and everyone that surrounds us. In her work, as well as in her life, Masha aims to assist and support the lifelong process of becoming whole.
Masha’s creative and scholarly work have appeared in anthologies, books, and edited volumes such as Interrogating Pregnancy Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth (2017); This Bridge We Call Communication: Anzaldúan Approaches to Theory, Method, and Praxis (2019); and in scholarly and literary journals such as Food & Foodways; I Come from the World; Permafrost Magazine; WORDPEACE; and Michigan Quarterly Review. Masha is the recipient of numerous writing awards. Among other things, she was the winner of the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest (Adult Fiction), and the winner of 2nd place in both the Fiction and the Prose Poetry categories of the League of Utah Writers’ Writing Contest. More info about her creative work is available on her website: http://www.mashashukovich.com/