Maria S. Picone

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

North Charleston, SC
South Carolina US
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Author's Bio

Maria S. Picone—수영—(she/her/hers) writes, paints, and teaches from her home in Charleston. Her debut poetry chapbook, Adoptee Song, will be published in 2024 by Game Over Books, with another chapbook, Anti Asian Bias, to come in 2024. Her debut fiction chapbook, Propulsion, will be published by Conium Press in late 2023. Maria is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, for which she will publish a hybrid chapbook, Korean Girl Ghost, which centers on her adulthood return to South Korea as an adoptee.

Maria’s work explores themes of queer and BIPOC identity, pop culture, social justice, and ecology. Her writing has been published in Tahoma Literary Review, Porter House Review, Vestal Review, and Orca Lit, among others. She is the winner of the Cream City Review Summer 2020 Poetry Prize, the Louisa Solano Memorial Emerging Poet Award from Salamander, and the Lizelia August Jenkins Moorer Prize for her chapbook Adoptee Song. Maria was published in Best Small Fictions 2021. She is also a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and three-time Best of the Net 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, South Carolina Writers Association, Tin House, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Juniper Institute, SFWA, SCAC, and The Loft. She has attended residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto, Starry Night Retreat in New Mexico, House of Two Urns Retreat in Chicago and The Hambidge Center in Georgia, for which she won a Distinguished Fellowship for Leadership in the Arts.

She is the managing editor for Chestnut Review, poetry editor at Hanok Review, associate editor at Uncharted Mag, assistant fiction editor at Foglifter, and assistant poetry editor at The Seventh Wave. Additionally, she has edited and/or read for Longleaf Review, ang(st), Split/Lip Press, Emerge Literary Journal, SLICE, Headway Quarterly, and The Petigru Review. She is an associate member of SFWA and a member of several other writing organizations including SFPA, Lighthouse Writers, and GrubStreet.

As an artist, Maria often paints abstract, space- and nature-inspired themes with dark, dramatic colors and embedded gemstones. Her photography captures features of the world such as architecture, landscapes, and patterns and designs. She works in traditional Korean brush painting and creates multimedia hybrids combining visual and textual components. Her artwork 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 an alumna of GrubStreet’s Novel Generator program and is working on her first novel. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese, and reads French, Latin, and ancient Greek. You can read her work on her website, mariaspicone.com or find her on Twitter @mspicone. 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Journals:
Bending Genres
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Fahmidan Journal
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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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Unstamatic
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Fiction

Anthology:
Best Small Fictions 2021 (Sonder Press, 2021)
Journals:
2 Bridges Review
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Fahmidan Journal
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Free Flash Fiction
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Mark Literary Review
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Monday Night
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Paragraph Planet
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Perhappened
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Sledgehammer Lit
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Talking About Strawberries All of the Time

Poetry

Anthologies:
Pandemic Love (Ice Floe Press, 2022)
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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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Daily Drunk
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Eleventh Transmission
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Emerge Literary Journal
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Eye On Life Magazine
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Fahmidan Journal
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Gordon Square Review
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Headline Poetry & Press
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Hellebore
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Homestead Review
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Longleaf Review
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Mineral Lit Mag
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Moonchild Magazine
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Neuro Logical Literary Magazine
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Parentheses
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South Broadway Ghost Society
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Susurrus Literary Journal
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The Binnacle
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The Magnolia Review
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Twelve Mile Review
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Typehouse Literary Magazine
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Variant Literature
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Vox Viola
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Zocalo Public Square
Prizes won: 

Best Small Fictions 2021, Cream City Review Summer 2020 Prize in Poetry, Louisa Solano Memorial Emerging Poet Award, Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer Prize, Distinguished Fellowship for Leaders in the Arts (Hambidge), Porter House Review 2021 Poetry Contest (3rd place), Fractured Lit 100 Word Story Mini Contest, Pushcart Prize (nomination x4), Best of the Net (nomination x3), The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition (Honorable Mention), Spirit of Goddard Scholarship

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Korean American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
English, Japanese, 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: Jul 26, 2023