Profile: Carmen Maria Machado

Carmenn Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of “The New Vanguard,” one of “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”


Awards – Wins and Nominations:

World Fantasy Award Nominee for Collection: Her Body and other Parties (2018)

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Nominee for Shortlist: Her Body and other Parties (2018)

Shirley Jackson Award for Single Author Collection: Her Body and other Parties (2017)

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Art Siedenbaum Award for First Fiction: Her Body and other Parties (2017)

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction: Her Body and other Parties (2018)

Dylan Thomas Prize Nominee for Shortlist: Her Body and other Parties (2018)

National Book Critics Circle Award for John Leonard Prize: Her Body and other Parties (2017)

National Book Award Finalist Fiction: Her Body and other Parties (2017)

Kirkus Prize Nominee for Fiction: Her Body and other Parties (2017)

Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novelette: The Husband Stitch (2015)

Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Novelette: The Husband Stitch (2014)

Featured Work

Her Body and other Parties book cover

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

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Other Work:

Various short stories list can be viewed here: