Monica Macansantos

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer


Author's Bio

Monica Macansantos is the author of the forthcoming memoir in essays, Returning to My Father's Kitchen, to be published by Northwestern University Press under its Curbstone imprint, as well as the story collection, Love and Other Rituals, published by Grattan Street Press in 2022. She was a James A. Michener Fellow for Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry, and also holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington, where she held a Doctoral Scholarship. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The Hopkins Review, Bennington Review, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, and Katherine Mansfield and Children (Edinburgh University Press), 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 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2016. Her work has also been translated into Czech (Kuřata v hadí kleci: Prague, Argo Press, 2020) and Spanish (Arbolarium, Antologia Poetica de los Cinco Continentes: Bogota, Colegio Bilingüe José Max León, 2019). She has also been awarded residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Storyknife Writers Retreat, the I-Park Foundation, and Monson Arts.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Katherine Mansfield and Children (Edinburgh University Press, 2021)
The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes From Around the Globe (Agate Publishing, 2018)
Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs (Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)
Returning to My Father's Kitchen: Essays (Northwestern University Press, 2025)


The Fictioneer (Unsolicited Press, 2015)
Love and Other Rituals: Stories (Grattan Street Press, 2022)
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, Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin (2010-2013), Victoria Doctoral Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2015-2018), Writing Residency Award, Monson Arts (Fall 2023), Writing Residency Award, Storyknife Writers Retreat (September 2022), Writing Residency Award, I-Park Foundation (October 28-November 22, 2021), 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 2023 for the essay, "My Father and W. B. Yeats," Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2022 for "A Shared Stillness," Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2021 for "Returning To My Father's Kitchen" (credited in Best American Essays 2022, in an additional list for 2021), 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"

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Filipino, Southeast Asian
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English, Filipino/Tagalog
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Last update: Dec 11, 2023