I’m Mary McMyne, and I write poems and stories.
My debut novel, The Book of Gothel (Orbit/Redhook, 2022), is the story of the medieval midwife who would become known as the witch from Rapunzel. My fairytale poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (2014), won the Elgin Chapbook Award. My stories and poems have appeared in venues like Strange Horizons, Gulf Coast, Redivider, and Apex Magazine. Originally from south Louisiana, I earned an MFA in fiction from New York University. I currently live with my family in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains just north of Atlanta. My bookshelves are filled with feminist retellings, fairy tales, historical fiction, poetry collections, speculative literature of all sorts—sci-fi, horror, fantasy, you name it—and board games. I’m hopelessly obsessed with illuminated manuscripts and grimoires.
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