Maria S. Picone

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: 
978-870-9938
Twitter: 

Author's Bio

Maria S. Picone (she/her/hers) writes, paints, and teaches from her home in South Carolina. As a Korean adoptee, Maria often explores themes of identity, exile, and social issues facing Asians and Asian Americans. She loves to experiment with form and sound and engage with current events and pop culture. Maria’s publications include flash fiction, flash and full-length CNF, poetry, translations, visual art, and hybrid work. Her writing has been published in Ice Floe Press, Bending Genres, and Whale Road Review among others.

She is the winner of the Cream City Review Summer 2020 Poetry Prize, whose work has been published in Best Small Fictions 2021. She is also a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has been supported by scholarships and grants from The Fine Arts Work Center, The Speakeasy Project, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, GrubStreet, AWP, Voices of Our Nations Arts, Murphy Writers Workshop, Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, The HUES Foundation, The Watering Hole, The South Carolina Writers' Association, and The Loft. She has attended residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto, Starry Night Retreat in New Mexico, and House of Two Urns Retreat in Chicago. A residency is forthcoming at Sundress Academy for the Arts.

She is the prose co-editor for Chestnut Review, editor at ang(st): the feminist body zine, content editor at the winnow, and a reader at Longleaf Review and SLICE. She also read flash fiction and short story manuscripts for Split/Lip Press in 2021 and completed a summer readership at Headway Quarterly. She is a staff contributor for The Aurora Journal.

As an artist, Maria often paints abstract, space-inspired themes with dark, dramatic colors and gemstones. Her photography captures features of the world such as architecture, landscapes, and patterns and designs. She loves traditional brush painting and multimedia works that combine visual arts, media, and language-based arts. Her visual art can be found in the New England Review, Déraciné Magazine, and Blue Mesa Review, among others.

She received an MFA in fiction from Goddard College and holds degrees from Princeton University, Rice University, and Western New Mexico University. In 2014, she won the Spirit of Goddard Scholarship in honor of her volunteer work teaching creative writing to schoolchildren in Cambodia. She is currently working on her first poetry collection. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese and reads French, Latin, and ancient Greek. You can read her work on her website, mariaspicone.com. She also keeps an active Twitter @mspicone. 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Journals:
GTK Creative Journal
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Kreaxxxion Review
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Talking About Strawberries All of the Time
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Tap Lit Mag
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The Sunlight Press
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Fiction

Journals:
2 Bridges Review
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Free Flash Fiction
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Mark Literary Review
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Paragraph Planet
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Perhappened
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Talking About Strawberries All of the Time

Poetry

Anthology:
2020 Featured Poets Anthology (Moonstone Press, 2020)
Journals:
Ariel Chart
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Ayaskala
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Black Bough
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Brave Voices Magazine
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Cypress
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Emerge Literary Journal
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Eye On Life Magazine
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Headline Poetry & Press
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Homestead Review
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Mineral Lit Mag
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Moonchild Magazine
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Parentheses
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South Broadway Ghost Society
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The Binnacle
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The Magnolia Review
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Vox Viola
Prizes won: 

Best Small Fictions 2021, Cream City Review Summer 2020 Prize in Poetry, Mythic Picnic Tweet Story Prize: A Redress of Grievances (Honorable Mention), The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition (Honorable Mention), Spirit of Goddard Scholarship

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip, The Handyman's Guide to End Times by Juan J. Morales

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Korean American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Born in: 
Jinhae-gu (formerly Jinhae-si), Gyeongsangnam-do
South Korea
Gyeongsangnam-do
Raised in: 
Leominster, MA
Massachusetts
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Last update: Mar 28, 2021