Masha Shukovich

Masha Shukovich, PhD is a writer, poet, storyteller, folklorist, teacher, and intuitive chef with ancestry and indigenous roots in the Balkans; the Mediterranean; and West, Central, and Northeast Asia (Siberia). She is the mother of Maya and Leela, a demigirl (she/they), a neurodivergent/autistic person, and an immigrant from Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists.
Masha 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 received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
Masha is the recipient of numerous writing awards. Among other things, she was the winner of the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest (Adult Fiction), a Semi-finalist in the 2019 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, and a finalist for the 2020 International Literary Awards (Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award). One of her pieces was shortlisted in the Fractured Literary 2020 Flash Fiction Contest, judged by Megan Giddings.
Her novel “The Taste of Names,” is on the shortlist for the 2021 First Pages Prize, judged by Lan Samantha Chang, the Director of leading American MFA program, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Masha lives on Utah trails and online at

Award Type
The Taste of Names blends together magical realism, historical fiction, myth, folk tale & family saga to tell a story of suffering, hope, resilience, and survival between two wars in the Balkans, a contested, war-torn land, and its people, caught between post-colonial and post-communist reckoning.
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