Monica Macansantos

Author's Bio

Monica Macansantos was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry, and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington (International Institute of Modern Letters). Her fiction has appeared in, Women's Studies Quarterly, The Masters Review, and Day One, among other places, while her nonfiction and journalism have appeared in New Naratif, SBS Life, takahe, and TAYO, 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 also been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Publications and Prizes

Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs
(Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)
, The Fictioneer
(Unsolicited Press, 2015)
Aotearotica, Day One,, Five Quarterly, Shirley Magazine, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Grief Diaries, Masters Review, Thin Noon, Women's Studies Quarterly, Your Impossible Voice
Playing With Dolls
(Amazon Shorts, 2016)
Prizes Won: 
James A. Michener Fellowship for Fiction, Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin (2010-2013), Writing Residency Award, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (April-May, 2019), Writing Residency Award, Hedgebrook (March-April, 2014), Writing Residency Award, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (June-July, 2012), Victoria Doctoral Scholarship (to complete a PhD in Creative Writing), International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2015-2018), Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2016 for "Becoming A Writer: The Silences We Write Against", Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, July/August 2016 for the short story, "Leaving Auckland", Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, December 2013 for the short story, "Stopover"

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
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"If Cathy could ever convince herself to write a story about that night, she’d probably mention how she took Evangeline home after her friend had nearly passed out on the sidewalk in front of the fifth bar they had gone to; she’d admit that she had known that Evangeline wasn’t used to marathon drinking, but that Evangeline didn’t seem to mind. Maybe she’d describe how Evangeline’s laughter buzzed in her ears like flies’ wings when she had asked Evangeline for her address, and how she watched the lights of downtown Austin illuminate the interior of their cab with its indulgent, wasteful glow. Evangeline had sobered up when they had gotten home, and they helped each other fold out her futon couch, laughing when they realized that they couldn’t figure out how they had done it when the futon finally gave in to their pushing. If words fractured a friendship, alcohol healed it, and she wished it were possible to drown in the amber-colored recklessness of that night forever." -- from the story, "Stopover"
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Last updated: Nov 25, 2018