Lambda Literary Award & National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize Winner/National Book Award & Kirkus Prize Finalist
Carmen Maria Machado is an essayist, critic, and fiction writer. Her work defies and blends genres of nonfiction and surrealism, fantasy and fable, memoir and horror.
Her debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was long-listed for the National Book Award before it was even published in 2017. It was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and it was the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.
Machado’s much-awaited second book, a speculative memoir In the Dream House, just released in November 2019, is, as Lila Shapiro has written in Vulture, “both a memoir of her toxic relationship with her first girlfriend and a history of queer domestic violence with chapters that dance between genres. Some read like fairy tales, others like horror stories; there’s a choose-your-own-adventure section.”
Growing up in Pennsylvania, an hour north of Philadelphia, in a household where story-telling was always present, Machado learned about stories through reading, as well as oral tradition. Her grandparents were immigrants; one of her grandfathers left Cuba at 18.
Machado holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener- Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently, she is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.
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