Bestselling Author Carmen Maria Machado Joins Distinguished Writers Series

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado, author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, was the third speaker in the Holy Family University Distinguished Writers Series. The free event was held on Zoom on March 17 to a full virtual house.

Her Body and Other Parties, Machado's debut short story collection, was published in 2017. The New York Times listed the collection 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.”

Named one of the best books of the year by the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles Times, NPR Books, PBS Books, NewsweekBuzzfeedSlate, and VoxHer Body and Other Parties was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize.

Her next book, the bestselling memoir In the Dream House, was published in 2018 and was named one of the best books of the year by The New YorkerTIME Magazine, the New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The AtlanticIn the Dream House was the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction and the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction.

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York TimesGrantaVogueThis American LifeHarper’s Bazaar, and elsewhere. DC Comics published her limited-run comics series, The Low Low Woods, from 2019-2020.

Machado holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and is the Abrams Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The reading with Machado was a great success,” said Keith Kopka, Ph.D., assistant professor at Holy Family University. “We were excited to have a packed house participating in the Zoom event, and I think it truly illustrated the commitment of our community at Holy Family to creating connections despite our physical distance. We’re excited for future events, and we're hoping to continue to grow our audience even more.”

The Holy Family University Distinguished Writers Series is dedicated to promoting diversity, social awareness, critical thinking, as well as furthering Holy Family University’s mission and core values of community, respect, integrity, experiential learning, vision, and service.