Congratulations Carmen Maria Machado whose book Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press) has been named a fiction finalist for the 2017 National Book Award!

Machado appeared in Inch #20–Spring 2013 with her flash fiction, “Dating Men with Biblical Names.” Since that time, she has been a reader for Inch submissions and Inch has reflected her invaluable contributions.

Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press) was published this year and has been immediately met with wide praise:

“Carmen Maria Machado has managed to have readers, critics and everyone in-between sitting on the edge of their seats for the chance to read her debut story collection. . . . Part science fiction, part fantasy and all fun, Machado’s stories deal with the sometimes unbelievable reality of being a woman in a way you won’t see coming; in a way that is entirely her own.”—NBC “Today Show”

“[Her Body and Other Parties is] written in prose so textured that you want to rub her phrases between your fingertips. . . . A muscular strain of feminism runs through this book, whose contemplation of the female body is bound up in sex, power, pleasure, pain, and the fitful struggle against self-loathing. Rarely is a writer as skilled as Machado at evoking corporeality: the myriad sensations of inhabiting flesh and bone, with all its messiness and ecstasies. . . . [Machado] blend[s] disparate, jostling elements to achieve a ferocious alchemy.”The Boston Globe
“[Her Body and Other Parties] is that hallowed thing: an example of almost preposterous talent that also encapsulates something vital but previously diffuse about the moment. . . . Machado is a master of such pointed formal play, of queering genre and the supposed laws of reality to present alternative possibilities. . . . Machado reveals just how original, subversive, proud and joyful it can be to write from deep in the gut, even — especially — if the gut has been bruised.”Los Angeles Times

Carmen Maria MachadoCarmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New YorkerThe American ReaderTin House‘s Open Bar, Five ChaptersPANKSalonVICEThe Paris ReviewLos Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She received the Richard Yates Short Story Prize in 2011, and will be a resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2014. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife. She joined Bull City Press in January, 2013.