Maria S. Picone

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Myrtle Beach, SC

Author's Bio

Maria S. Picone (she/her/hers) writes, paints, and teaches from her home in South Carolina. Her publications include flash fiction, flash and full-length CNF, poetry, translations, visual art, and hybrid work. Her writing has been published in Kissing Dynamite, Ligeia, and *82 Review among others; her visual art can be found in the New England ReviewDéraciné Magazine, and Blue Mesa Review. In 2016, she received an honorable mention in the Binnacle's Ultra-Short Competition. She has work forthcoming in Whale Road Review, Parentheses Journal, Moonchild Magazine, among others. She is an editor for Chestnut Reviewang(st): the feminist body zine and the winnow, and a reader at Longleaf Review and Headway Quarterly.

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. Her work has been supported by scholarships from The Fine Arts Work Center, The Speakeasy Project, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, GrubStreet, and The Loft. She has attended residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto, Starry Night Retreat in New Mexico, and the now-defunct House of Two Urns Retreat in Chicago.

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 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 revising her MFA thesis and arranging 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, She also keeps an active Twitter @mspicone. 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

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


2 Bridges Review
Free Flash Fiction
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Mark Literary Review
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Talking About Strawberries All of the Time


Ariel Chart
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Emerge Literary Journal
Eye On Life Magazine
Headline Poetry & Press
Homestead Review
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Mineral Lit Mag
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South Broadway Ghost Society
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The Binnacle
Vox Viola
Prizes won: 

The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition (Honorable Mention), Spirit of Goddard Scholarship, Mythic Picnic Tweet Story Prize: A Redress of Grievances

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: 
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Identifies as: 
Korean American
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Fluent in: 
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Born in: 
Jinhae-gu (formerly Jinhae-si), Gyeongsangnam-do
South Korea
Raised in: 
Leominster, MA
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Last update: Oct 08, 2020