Margo Perin

Creative Nonfiction Writer

c/o Whoa Nelly Press 3442 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Author's Bio

Margo Perin is the author of the novel The Opposite of Hollywood and contributing editor of Only the Dead Can Kill: Stories from Jail and How I Learned to Cook & Other Writings on Complex Mother-Daughter Relationships. Her poem Spiral of Gratitude is installed in a permanent public memorial in San Francisco. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize, she has been featured in Heyday/PEN’s Fightin’ Words, The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Mexico’s El Petit Journal, Holland’s Psycologie, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, KRON 4 TV, CultureConnect TV, KALW, KPFA, WAMC, and at Litquake and BookGroupExpo. Her awards include grants from P&W, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Creative Work Fund, and residences at Hedgebrook and Norcroft. Visit her at

Publications & Prizes

Fightin' Words: 25 Years of Provocative Poetry and Prose (Heyday Books, 2014)
Only the Dead Can Kill: Stories from Jail (Community Works/West, 2006)
How I Learned to Cook & Other Writings on Complex Mother Daughter Relationships (A Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2004)
Painted Hills Review
Tenderloin Times
Treasure House
Prizes won: 

Booksense Bestseller for Reading Groups;
Professional and Amateur Writers Association, Honorary Mention for Creative Nonfiction;
North Texas Professional Writers Association Prize for Creative Nonfiction;
Nomination for the Pushcart Prize for Short Fiction;
Semi-Finalist for James Award for Fiction of the Heekin Foundation;
Treasure House Prize for Short Fiction;
Paintbrush Award for Short Fiction

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Last update: Nov 04, 2015