Malinda McCollum is the author of The Surprising Place, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review – which awarded her the Plimpton Prize – McSweeney’s, ZYZZYVA, Epoch, and elsewhere. Her stories have been anthologized in The Paris Review Book of People with Problems and The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us.
McCollum received a Pushcart Prize and a Stegner fellowship and Jones Lectureship at Stanford University. She graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at the University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford. She grew up in Des Moines, IA, and now lives in Charleston, SC, where she teaches at the College of Charleston.