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Tanya Žilinskas is a first generation American and forever Californian. Her fiction redefines domestic spaces; defamiliarizing the familiar, and subverting the expectations put on female characters, especially as related to motherhood, aging, and marriage.

She is querying a novel about early internet hoaxes, the complexities of female friendship, and the elusive shape of memory. She is also revising a California Gothic novel-in-stories set in a surreal version of Marin County.

Tanya’s work has appeared in 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. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and selected for Wigleaf Top 50.

Her writing has received support from Writing By Writers, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Desert Nights, Rising Stars, and the University of San Francisco. Tanya is the former editor-in-chief of Invisible City and earned an MFA from the University of San Francisco, where she currently works as a post-graduate teaching fellow.