Carmen Maria Machado
Fellow: Awarded 2019
Field of Study: Fiction
Competition: US & Canada
Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf, 2017) and the forthcoming memoir In the Dream House (Graywolf, 2019). Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, VQR, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere.
Her Body and Other Parties was a finalist for the National Book Award, and 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. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." A television show based on Her Body and Other Parties is currently in development at FX.
Carmen holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.
Profile photograph by Art Streiber / AUGUST