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Raisa Tolchinsky

Raisa Tolchinsky is a winner of the George Bennett Fellowship and the Henfield Prize for Fiction. Raisa earned her MFA from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Bologna. She has previously lived and worked in Chicago, New York, Italy, and Iceland, and is trained as an amateur boxer.


in your carpeted office you lay my life down / and say open up to that small room in my sternum.

Raisa Tolchinsky