Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado is an American short story author, essayist, and critic frequently published in The New Yorker, Granta, Lightspeed Magazine, and other publications. Her story collection Her Body and Other Parties was published in 2017. A finalist for the National Book Award[1] and the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, her stories have been reprinted in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, The New Voices of Fantasy, and Best Women's Erotica. Machado lives in Philadelphia with her wife.[2]

Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado - book signing
OccupationWriter
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
GenreScience fiction, fantasy, horror
Notable worksHer Body and Other Parties
Notable awardsNational Book Award finalist
Years active2011–present
Website
www.carmenmachado.com

Early life and education

Carmen Maria Machado was raised by her parents in Allentown, an hour north of Philadelphia. Her father was the son of two immigrants, with his own father coming to the United States from Cuba at the age of 18.[3] Machado's grandfather worked in the US Patent Office and met his future wife when she immigrated to the U.S. from Austria after World War II.[3]

Machado earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has received fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the University of Iowa, the Yaddo Corporation, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.[2] Machado also attended the Clarion Workshop where she studied under authors such as Ted Chiang.[4]

Machado says her writing has been influenced by Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Helen Oyeyemi, and Yōko Ogawa.[4] In particular, Machado says she was heavily influenced by Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, which was given to her to read by an "insightful and amazing English teacher" when she was in the 10th grade of high school.[5]

Career

Machado's short stories, essays, and criticism have been published in a number of magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, Tin House, Lightspeed Magazine, Guernica, AGNI, National Public Radio, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of Books, Strange Horizons, and other publications. Her stories have also been reprinted in anthologies such as Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017, Year's Best Weird Fiction, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, and Best Women's Erotica.

Machado's fiction has been called "strange and seductive" while also noting that her "work doesn't just have form, it takes form."[6] Her fiction has been a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novelette,[7] the Shirley Jackson Award,[8] the Franz Kafka Award in Magic Realism, the storySouth Million Writers Award, and the Calvino Prize from the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville.

Her story collection Her Body and Other Parties was published by Graywolf Press in 2017. It was a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for fiction.[1] It won the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award John Leonard Prize[9] and was shortlisted for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize.[10] The collection has been optioned by FX and a television show is in development by Gina Welch.[11]

As of 2018, she is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.[12]

Selected works

  • "Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU" (novella, The American Reader, May 2013)
  • Her Body and Other Parties (short story collection, Graywolf Press, 2017)
  • In the Dream House: A Memoir (Graywolf Press, 2019)

References

  1. ^ a b "2017 National Book Award finalists revealed". CBS News. October 4, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  2. ^ a b Carmen Maria Machado biography, author's website, accessed April 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The metafictional, liminal, lyrical ways of writer Carmen Maria Machado" by Sabrina Vourvoulias, AL DÍA News, December 3, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Her Body and Other Parties: An Interview with Carmen Maria Machado" by Amandine Faucheux, NDR Magazine, May 2015.
  5. ^ "Interview With Carmen Maria Machado", Shimmer Magazine, accessed April 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Sofia Samatar, "Double Take: On Carmen Maria Machado",The Los Angeles Review of Books, April 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "2014 Nebula Awards Winners", Locus Magazine, June 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners", Shirley Jackson Awards website, accessed April 23, 2017.
  9. ^ John Maher (January 22, 2018). "2017 NBCC Awards Finalists Announced". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Dylan Thomas Prize 2018 shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  11. ^ https://jezebel.com/carmen-maria-machados-her-body-and-other-parties-adapta-1829779965
  12. ^ Lemieux, Elizabeth (March 2, 2018). "Carmen Maria Machado: Sitting Down with Penn's Writer–In–Residence". 34th Street. Retrieved Oct 31, 2018.

External links

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Dylan Thomas Prize

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A Dylan Thomas literary prize was first awarded during the 1980s, known as the Dylan Thomas Award, following the campaign to have a plaque in the poet's memory placed in Westminster Abbey. Surplus income from a fund-raising concert sponsored by the television company HTV were donated to allow a prize of £1000 to be awarded annually. After several years, the prize was discontinued for lack of finance. It was revived, in a different form, in 2004, sponsored by Electronic Data Systems, at that time one of Swansea's largest employers.The Prize honours its shortlist finalists and annual winner for published work in the broad range of literary forms in which Dylan Thomas excelled, including poetry, prose, fictional drama, short story collections, novels, novellas, stage plays and screenplays. “We want the world to be aware of the Welsh interest in promoting new writing. Our Prize provides an inspiration for a whole new generation of writers throughout the English-speaking world,” said Peter Stead, Chair of The Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Lambda Literary Award for Drama

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Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction

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Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry

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Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry

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Machado

Machado is a surname of Portuguese and Spanish origin meaning the word "axe" or "hatchet" dating back to approximately 2nd century Europe. It is commonly found in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Latin America, and India (southern Tamil Nadu) due to the Portuguese and Spanish colonization during the age of discovery. It can also be found in Macao, China and several former Portuguese territories in Africa. Machado meaning axe. In Aramaic Makkaba and Modern Hebrew Makebet – also spelled Machabees – it is the surname of Judas Machabee, that was later extended to all the descendants of Matityahu ben Yoḥanan HaKohen, head of the Hasmonean family, who had five sons. Jewish Encyclopedia reveals faithfully five hammers hatchets for this Coat of Arm family’s surname. The surname may be associated with Jewish background as listed in Archivio di Stato di Genova, Comunità Israelitica di Genova. (State Arquives of Genova – Israelite Community of Genova). Jews are attested in Genova since Roman times. Two letters written in the years 507 and 511 by Theodoric, the Ostrogothian king, speak about "jura veterum" (old rights) of the Jews and the right to "rebuild" the roof of the synagogue given to the Jews of Genova. This surname is one of the most frequent found in documents from Genova’s Synagogue (Italy).The Machados in India were populated after the conversion of Paravar race of Tuticorin (District of Tamil Nadu in India) to Catholicism by the Portuguese in the year 1532, a few years after they began trading in India.

The word machado means axe in Portuguese.

Notable people with the surname include:

Alicia Machado, Venezuelan Miss Universe

Anderson Machado, United States baseball player

Antonio Machado, Spanish poet

Bernardino Machado, Portuguese statesman

Carmen Maria Machado, American writer

Celso Machado, Brazilian musician and composer

China Machado, fashion model, editor, television producer

Cristian Machado, Brazilian heavy metal singer

Danny Machado, American Filmmaker

Djair Baptista Machado, Brazilian footballer

Félix Machado, Venezuelan boxer

Gerardo Machado, Cuban independence hero and politician

Gustavo Machado, Venezuelan politician

Honorio Machado, Venezuelan racing cyclist

Israel Machado, Brazilian basketball player

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer

J. P. Machado, American football player

Julio Machado, Venezuelan baseball player

Justina Machado, United States actress

Leandro Machado, Brazilian footballer

Leandro Ruiz Machado, Brazilian water polo player

Luis Alberto Machado, Venezuelan Minister of Intelligence

Manny Machado, United States baseball player

Manuel Machado, Spanish writer

Marcelo Machado, Brazilian basketball player

María Corina Machado, Venezuelan politician

Octávio Machado, Portuguese footballer and coach

Paulo Machado, Portuguese footballer

Priscila Machado, Miss Brazil 2011

Rob Machado, United States surfer

Robert Machado, Venezuelan baseball player

Rod Machado, United States pilot

Rui Machado, Portuguese tennis player

Teresa Machado, Portuguese Olympic athlete

Tiago Machado, Portuguese road racing cyclist

Tina Machado, American businesswoman and Miss Hawaii USA 1985

Mateus Machado, Canadian Call Centre Legend

The Machado brothers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu teachers and competitors

Rigan Machado

Carlos Machado

Jean Jacques Machado

Joaquim Germano Pinto Machado Correia da Silva, Portuguese Governor of Macau

Michener-Copernicus Fellowship

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Anthony Swofford

Peter Craig

Emily Barton

Rebecca Johns

Brett Ellen Brock

Justin Kramon

Malena Watrous

Andrew J. Porter

Nam Le

Kevin Gonzalez

Drew Keenan

Jonathan Blum

Tony Tulathimutte

Carmen Maria Machado

Fatima Farheen Mirza

Millay Colony for the Arts

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Million Writers Award

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Shirley Jackson Award

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The first annual Shirley Jackson Awards were presented July 20, 2007 at the Readercon Conference on Imaginative Literature in Burlington, Massachusetts. The jurors were John Langan, Sarah Langan, Paul G. Tremblay and F. Brett Cox, who now form the Board of Directors along with JoAnn Cox.

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Weird fiction

Weird fiction is a subgenre of speculative fiction originating in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. John Clute defines weird fiction as a "Term used loosely to describe Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction and Horror tales embodying transgressive material". China Miéville defines weird fiction thus: "Weird Fiction is usually, roughly, conceived of as a rather breathless and generically slippery macabre fiction, a dark fantastic (“horror” plus “fantasy”) often featuring nontraditional alien monsters (thus plus “science fiction”)." Discussing the "Old Weird Fiction" published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock says, "Old Weird fiction utilises elements of horror, science fiction and fantasy to showcase the impotence and insignificance of human beings within a much larger universe populated by often malign powers and forces that greatly exceed the human capacities to understand or control them." Weird fiction either eschews or radically reinterprets ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other traditional antagonists of supernatural horror fiction. Weird fiction is sometimes symbolised by the tentacle, a limb-type absent from most of the monsters of European folklore and gothic fiction, but often attached to the monstrous creatures created by weird fiction writers such as William Hope Hodgson, M. R. James, and H. P. Lovecraft. Weird fiction often attempts to inspire awe as well as fear in response to its fictional creations, causing

commentators like Miéville to say that weird fiction evokes a sense of the numinous. Although "weird fiction" has been chiefly used as a historical description for works through the 1930s, the term has also been increasingly used since the 1980s, sometimes to describe slipstream fiction that blends horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

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