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Natasha Lvovich


Natasha Lvovich is Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, where she teaches ESL and literature courses and co-directs the ESL Program. Originally from Moscow, Russia, with a background in French Language and Literature (Moscow Linguistic University), Natasha completed her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, specializing in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism here in the U.S. Her loyalties have been divided between creative and academic writing; her interests include all areas of lingua-culture, bilingualism and emotions, and narrative and fiction written by "translingual" authors. She considers it her intellectual mission to embrace and promote knowledge versus the industry of knowledge and to approach scholarship, creativity, and teaching phenomenologically and across fields, disciplines, languages, and genres.

Administrative responsibilities:  

  • Co-Director of ESL Program
  • KCC Chief Reader, responsible for standardized CUNY reading and writing exams



  • ESL reading and writing, most recently ESL 91
  • Literature Electives: Short Fiction (Eng. 40), Introduction to Literature (Eng. 30)
  • Honors Option: Eng. 40, Eng. 12, Eng. 82: The Outsider in Contemporary American Literature

Brooklyn College: Culture, Language, Society, graduate course in MA in English Program

  • Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (specializing in Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism), Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH
  • M.A. in Language and Literature (French) and Teaching Foreign Languages (French and English), Moscow Linguistic University, Russia
  • B.A. in Linguistics (summa cum laude) from Moscow Linguistic University, Russia

College Teaching

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources


The Multilingual Self: An Inquiry into Language Learning
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 1997.

Creative Nonfiction/Essays

The Sounding Board,, 2013, forthcoming

Troll Land, Anthology of Imagination & Place, I & P Press, 2013, forthcoming

The Moscow Muse, Two Bridges Review, vol. 2, Fall 2012.

Medication against Nostalgia, Life Writing, 2012, vol. 9, N. 4

Balakovo. Post Road literary magazine, Issue 18, January 2010.
Pushcart Prize Nomination

The Country we Lived in. Nashville Review, 2010

Phone Home. Paradigm Journal, 2010

Cheshire Cat’s Smile, Lifewriting Annual, 2012, vol. 3, New York: AMS Press

One Hundred Years of Solitude in Moscow, New Writing,
The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Volume 6, Issue 2,
          2009, pp. 97 - 104.

Vermont Portus Eunostos, Wilderness House Literary Review, 2009, #4/3,

Renamed and Deleted,, Spring 09,

Losing Gravity in Russia: A Lingua-cultural Journey, Life Writing, 
Vol. 4, No 2, October 2007, pp. 289-296.

Scholarly Work 

The Gift: Synesthesia in Translingual Texts, L2Journal, 2012, 4(2)
The "Gift": Synesthesia in Translingual Texts [eScholarship] 

Russian as a Second Language. In Language and Linguistics in Context: Readings and Applications for Teachers, 2006, H. Luria, D. Seymour & T. Smoke (Eds.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, pp. 97-102.

Socio-cultural identity and academic writing: A Second language learner profile, Teaching of English in Two-year Colleges, 2003, Vol 31, No.2, December 2003, pp.179-192.

Literature as a door to textual home for second language learners,
College ESL, 2003, Vol.10, No.1&2, pp.1-10.

On becoming a cultural insider, The Internet TESL Journal. 2000.

Lvovich, N., Markson, S., Brilliant, J. (1995). The Effect of the affect:
Psychosocial factors in adult ESL student language performance. College ESL, CUNY, Vol.5, No.1.

Events and/or Key Dates

Research Interests

Interdisciplinary and holistic approach to Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. Identity, narrativity, and learner subjectivities. Bilingualism and emotional expression/representation. Translingual Literature: cross-cultural narrative and fiction written by second language writers. Multilingualism and creativity. Synesthesia, language and multilingualism. Creative writing: essays and creative nonfiction. Literature: Structuralist and Post-structuralist approach. Formalism and Poetic Semiotics.

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

2012 Fellowship for Literary Summer Seminars
2011 Pushcart Award Nomination for Creative Nonfiction
2005 Kingsborough Community College
Scholarly and Applied Research Award
For the research project, Post-ESL Students—Multiple CUNY ACT Takers: A Qualitative Study
2002-2003  PSC CUNY Research Awards 33 & 34     
For the research project, Socio-cultural and Psychological Profile of the “Good Language Learner” in Two Autobiographical Texts.
1999-2000 PSC CUNY Research Awards 30 & 31
For the research project, A Qualitative Study of Second Language Learner Socio-cultural Identity in relation to Writing Performance.

Professional Community Service:  
Reviewer and editorial board member for several academic journals; author of numerous book reviews; frequent invited speaker and presenter; invited author.

Co-guest edited a special issue of TETYC journal: English as a Second Language in Diverse Genres and Voices, Fall 2012.

Promoting the interdisciplinary field of Translingual Literature: Connecting scholars and writers world-wide and chairing panels at major international conferences in literature and bilingualism (i. e. International Symposium of Bilingualism, 2011, World Congress of Comparative Literature, 2013), presenting papers and organizing/networking.

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