Monica Macansantos

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Monica Macansantos was a James A. Michener Fellow for Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry. She also holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington, where she held a Doctoral Scholarship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Colorado Review, failbetter.com, Women's Studies Quarterly, The Masters Review, Day One, Anomaly, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Lunch Ticket, The Pantograph Punch, and Katherine Mansfield Studies, among other places. Her fiction has been recognized with finalist and honorable mention citations in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, and her nonfiction has been named Notable in The Best American Essays 2016. She has also been awarded residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Storyknife Writers Retreat, the I-Park Foundation, and Moriumius.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthologies:
The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes From Around the Globe (Agate Publishing, 2018)
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Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs (Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)

Fiction

Anthology:
The Fictioneer (Unsolicited Press, 2015)
Chapbook:
Playing With Dolls (Amazon Shorts, 2016)
Journals: ,
Aotearotica
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Shirley Magazine
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Women's Studies Quarterly
Prizes won: 

James A. Michener Fellowship for Fiction, Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin (2010-2013), Victoria Doctoral Scholarship (to complete a PhD in Creative Writing), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2015-2018), Writing Residency Award, Storyknife Writers Retreat (TBA), Writing Residency Award, I-Park Foundation (TBA), Artists Residency Award, Moriumius-Japan (TBA), Writing Residency Award, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (April-May, 2019), Writing Residency Award, Hedgebrook (March-April, 2014), Writing Residency Award, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (June-July, 2012), Love of Learning Award, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2019), Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2016 for "Becoming A Writer: The Silences We Write Against", Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, July/August 2016 for the short story, "Leaving Auckland", Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, December 2013 for the short story, "Stopover"

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Filipino, Southeast Asian
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Baguio
Philippines
Raised in: 
Baguio
Philippines
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Last update: Oct 23, 2020