Monica Macansantos is a product of the University of the Philippines Creative Writing program, where she earned her BA in Creative Writing, magna cum laude, in 2007. She was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA in Fiction and Poetry in 2013, and earned her PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington in 2018. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in failbetter.comWSQ: Women’s Studies QuarterlyThe Masters Review Anthology, Day OneAotearotica, and Takahe, among other places. Her essay, “Becoming A Writer: The Silences We Write Against”, was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. Her story, “Leaving Auckland”, was a Top 25 Finalist in the Summer 2016 Glimmer Train Fiction Open, while her story, “Stopover”, earned an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her work has been recognized with residencies at Hedgebrook and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is currently Branches nonfiction editor of Rambutan Literary and is represented by Kerry D’Agostino of Curtis Brown, Ltd. in New York City. Follow her on twitter @missmacansantos.
“A Fair Face” (novel excerpt). WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly: Spring/Summer 2018. New York (published by the Feminist Press at CUNY)
“Nina” (excerpt). Aotearotica: Vol. 1, 2016. (Christchurch, New Zealand)
“Playing With Dolls.” Day One: 17 February, 2016.  (New York)
(reissued as a Kindle Single by Amazon’s Little A Books)
“Into Lightness.” Shirley: Issue 2, Summer 2015. (Oregon)
“Love and Other Rituals.” Thin NoonIssue 1, 2015. (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island)
“Maricel.” The Fictioneer: Winter 2015. (Davis, California)
Creative Nonfiction
“The Gift of Connection.” ​Takahe Magazine: Issue 92, April 2018. (online and print) Christchurch, New Zealand
“Learning to Grieve.” The Grief Diaries: Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2017. (TGD Special Feature) New York
“My Father’s Pancit.” The New Filipino Kitchen: Agate Surrey, 2018. Chicago
“You’re Here Because You’re Good.” Hedgebrook (alumnae blog)8 September, 2016. (Whidbey Island/Seattle, Washington)
“Becoming a Writer: The Silences We Write Against.” TAYO Literary Magazine: 31 May, 2015. (San Francisco, California) — Recognized in: The Best American Essays 2016, ed. Jonathan Franzen and Robert Atwan, Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction  
“The Day I Was a Comfort Woman.” Your Impossible Voice: Summer 2014.
“Six War Haikus.” Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: Issue 34, December 2016. (Hong Kong)
“Afternoon in Laguna” and “Return to Maguindanao.” TAYO Literary Magazine: Issue 5, 2015-2016. (San Francisco, California)
“Christmas House, Vallejo, California”
“Homing In” in Willow Zine (Winnipeg, Canada).

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