ABOUT

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Tanya Žilinskas is a first generation American living in Northern California. Her fiction is defined by the submerged psychological drives of its characters and defamiliarized domestic environments. She is querying a novel about early internet hoaxes and the ethics of documentary filmmaking, and a California Gothic novel-in-stories set in a surreal version of Marin County.

Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, Southern Humanities Review, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol, Porter House Review, The Florida Review, Meetinghouse, Lunch Ticket, The Bureau Dispatch, X-R-A-Y, Mumber Mag, and Atticus Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and selected for Wigleaf’s Top 50.

Tanya’s writing has received support from Writing By Writers, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Center for Cultural Innovation, Desert Nights, Rising Stars, and the University of San Francisco. She’s the former editor-in-chief of Invisible City, a reader for Electric Literature‘s The Commuter and Recommended Reading, and an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review. She earned her MFA from the University of San Francisco, where she was awarded the post-graduate teaching fellowship.