Monica Macansantos

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Monica Macansantos was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry, and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington. Her fiction has appeared in, Women's Studies Quarterly, The Masters Review, and Day One, among other places, while her nonfiction and journalism have appeared in Vol.1 Brooklyn, Another Chicago Magazine, New Naratif, and SBS Voices, 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

Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs (Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)
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The Grief Diaries
Vol. 1 Brooklyn


The Fictioneer (Unsolicited Press, 2015)
Playing With Dolls (Amazon Shorts, 2016)
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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 (September 2020), Writing Residency Award, I-Park Foundation (August 2020), Artists Residency Award, Moriumius-Japan (2020, 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"

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Human Acts by Han Kang

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Last update: Apr 01, 2020