Manuel Muñoz is the author of two collections of short stories, Zigzagger (2003) and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue (2007), which was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His first novel, What You See in the Dark, was published in 2011. Manuel is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (2006) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2008). He received a 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize for his story, “Tell Him About Brother John” and served as a juror for the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize. He received a second O. Henry Prize for "The Most Beautiful Girl in the Whole U.S.A." in 2015.
His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Glimmer Train, Epoch, Eleven Eleven, and Boston Review, and has aired on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. He served, with Madison Smartt Bell and Achy Obejas, as a judge for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Awards. A native of Dinuba, California, Manuel has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona-Tucson’s creative writing program since 2008.
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