New York City — My anxiety was high that afternoon, for I was to interview for the OSM! Vlog a writer whom I never met or talked personally. I wish I can I jive comfortably with my new source now, had been my constant silent wish throughout the day. Amazingly, we did a great job.
The OSM Video Blog features Ukraine-born, New York-based poet and essayist Marina Rubin, author of a flash fiction collection Stealing Cherries (her fourth book) which is on amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other nationwide book sellers. (Check out http://www.marinarubin.com/ and http://www.nwuny.org/ )
Marina was born in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. Her family left the former SU in 1989 living in refugee camps in Austria and Italy and finally seeking political asylum in the US. They arrived in New York and settled in Brooklyn.
A prolific writer, she wrote three poetry collections – Ode to Hotels, her first chapbook, came out in 2002. This was followed by Once in 2004 and Logic in 2007, the third book in the trilogy was completed before she reached the age of 30.
Marina’s work had appeared in over 70 magazines and anthologies. It was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007 and again in 2012.
Marina is a 2013 recipient of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship, a highly selective year-long New York-based program for Russian-speaking Jewish adults to explore personal and collective identity through the creation of community projects.
She is an associate editor of Mudfish, a magazine based in Tribeca. These days, Marina continues to reap awards and citations as she moves about the world of creative writing in New York City.
Check out this Vlog.