Mary McMyne’s debut novel, The Book of Gothel (2022), is the story of the medieval midwife and storyteller who would become known as the witch from Rapunzel. Her second novel, Mistress (2024), will be the story of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady from her own perspective. Her poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (2014), won the Elgin Chapbook Award. Her stories and poems have appeared in venues like Strange Horizons, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Chattahoochee Review, Arkansas Review, Cimarron Review, Redivider, and Apex Magazine. She has won the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for a Novel-in-Progress, a National Endowment for the Arts parent fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, and a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation to research The Book of Gothel in Germany, among other honors. A former English professor, she earned an MFA in fiction from New York University. She lives with her family in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains just north of Atlanta.

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