Episode 17: Carmen Maria Machado

Author photo by Tom Storm Photography.

Author photo by Tom Storm Photography.

Episode 17

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties, out now from Graywolf Press and short-listed for this year’s National Book Award. Her work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, NPR, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She lives in Philadelphia. 

Discussed In This Episode

Dismantling forms and tropes. Processing life in narrative. False memories and scary storytelling around campfires. Twin Peaks. How short stories are like puzzles (and algebra). Giving the reader a way to enter the story. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the dead-girl trope. "I felt like I had arrived at some sense of my own aesthetic." Coaxing out your subconscious. Don't apply to 26 MFA programs. The difference between writing erotica and writing sex in literary fiction. List-keeping. Scrivener

Recommended Reading

Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
"Worlds Flipped Sideways," Carmen Maria Machado
"'I Am a Girl Now,' Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing," Emma Eisenberg
Kelly Link
Alvin Schwartz

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Courtney