Archive Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Carmen Maria Machado reads from her short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, which is shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Award.
“Machado is fluent in the vocabulary of fairy tales—her stories are full of foxes, foundlings, nooses and gowns—but she remixes it to her own ends... Not since Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves in 2006 has a debut collection of short stories from a relatively unknown author garnered such attention, or deserved it more...She doesn’t contain our terror, she stokes it and teaches us about it.”—New York Times Carmen
Maria Machado’s work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, Guernica, Tin House, NPR, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.