Ukraine, 1989

Maria Reva writes fiction and opera libretti. She is the author of the linked story collection Good Citizens Need Not Fear (Doubleday, Virago, and Knopf Canada New Face of Fiction, 2020). Maria’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, Granta, The Journey Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She won a National Magazine Award in 2019 and was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada 2020 Fiction Prize. Her current musical collaborations include an opera with composer Molly Heron as well as a song cycle with Shelley Marwood. Past collaborations include opera libretti for ERATO Ensemble and Ad Astra Music Festival, texts for Vancouver International Song Institute’s Art Song Lab, and a script for City Opera Vancouver weaving together Mozart’s unfinished operas. In March 2017, musica intima vocal ensemble premiered Uta’s Escape, a commission by Canadian composer Jennifer Butler based on one of Maria’s stories. Maria was born in Ukraine and grew up in New Westminster, British Columbia. She received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, and is at work on an opera and a novel.