Monica Macansantos


Monica Macansantos was a James A. Michener Fellow for Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry. She also holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Masters Review, failbetter, Lunch Ticket, Oyster River Pages, and Katherine Mansfield Studies among other places. Her fiction has been recognized with finalist and honorable mention citations in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, and her nonfiction has been named Notable in The Best American Essays 2016.  She has been awarded artists' fellowships at Hedgebrook, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Moriumius-Japan, the I-Park Foundation, and the Storyknife Writers Retreat. She has completed a story collection entitled Love and Other Rituals and a collection of essays entitled Returning to My Father's Kitchen, and is currently working on a novel and a second story collection.

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Best American Essays 2016*

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