Profile of Monica Byrne

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I'm a writer and playwright based in Durham, North Carolina. (Come visit my writing website here, and my blog here!) I'm an alumna of Clarion 2008 and a scholarship recipient for a one-on-one mentorship with Nalo Hopkinson. In the past two years, I was awarded a Durham Emerging Artist Grant, residencies at The Elsewhere Collaborative and La Muse Inn, and a new play commission from The Collider Project at Fermilab. My first play Nightwork debuted at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham in January 2011, and my third play, What Every Girl Should Know, debuts at Golden Belt Arts in April 2012. Also, last spring, I completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center to finish my first novel, The Girl in the Road. For the coming year, I have four play commissions, including an adaptation of The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton. I hold degrees from Wellesley College (B.A. Biochemistry, 2005) and MIT (M.S. Geochemistry, 2005).

My Campbell-qualifying work was published in Fantasy Magazine, which also interviewed me; you can read it here. I talk about my Shimmer story in this clip. And there's a much longer interview about writing, travel, art and science here. Feel free to peruse, and to get in touch if you have any questions, or just want to say hello. Thanks!


Monica Byrne's Campbell-qualifying work:
"Nine Bodies of Water" in Fantasy Magazine, Sept 2010.


"Five Letters from New Laverne" in Shimmer, August 2010. Received a Recommended from Lois Tilton at Locus Magazine.

"The Reclamation Rite of One April Nora Hess" in Gargoyle, Summer 2010.

"The Comedy at Kualoa" in Electric Velocipede, Spring 2011.