Justine Dymond

Fiction Writer

263 Alden Street Springfield College
Springfield, MA 01109

Author's Bio

Justine Dymond’s short story collection The Emigrant and Other Stories (Sowilo Press) won the 2018 Eludia Award from Hidden Rivers Arts. Other awards and honors include a 2020 Mass Cultural Council finalist grant, second place in the New South prose writing contest for her memoir about breast cancer “Brave of Worms,” a 2007 O. Henry Prize, a “distinguished” story in The Best American Short Stories 2006, two Pushcart Prize nominations and a nomination for The Best American Travel Writing. Her stories have appeared in Pleiades, The Massachusetts Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Meat for Tea, Lowestoft Chronicle, and Cargo Literary. Demeter Press issued her co-edited collection Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives in 2013. She has been honored with grants and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Writers OMI at Ledig House, and Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. On faculty in the department of Literature, Writing, & Journalism at Springfield College since 2008, she is currently working on a novel based on the life of a woman who was tried for infanticide in Boston in 1733. 

Publications & Prizes

The Emigrant & Other Stories (Hidden River Arts, 2021)
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Meat for Tea: The Valley Review
O. Henry Prize Stories
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The Briar Cliff Review
Prizes won: 

Finalist, Artist Fellowship, Mass Cultural Council, fiction/nonfiction, 2020

The Emigrant and Other Stories, 2018 Eludia Award, Hidden River Arts Publishing.

“Brave of Worms” (memoir), Second Place, New South Prose Writing Contest, 10.2 (October 2017)

“Cherubs” (fiction), O. Henry Prize, 2007

“The Emigrant” (fiction),The Briar Cliff Review Fiction Prize, Publication in Spring 1998

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Robert Olen Butler Louise Erdrich MFK Fisher Linda Hogan Toni Morrison Ron Rash Miriam Toews Virginia Woolf
What I'm reading now: 
A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
Washington, D.C., DC
District Of Columbia
Raised in: 
Washington, D.C., DC
District Of Columbia
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Last update: Sep 09, 2021