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 also 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 has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at the University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins University, and Stanford University. She grew up in Des Moines, IA and now lives with her family in Charleston, SC, where she teaches writing at the College of Charleston.