Manuel Muñoz is the author of two collections of short stories, Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, 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 a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He received a 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize for his story, “Tell Him About Brother John, ” a second in 2015 for “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” and a third in 2017 for "The Reason is Because." He served as a juror for the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize and as a judge of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Awards. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Southern Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, and Boston Review, and has aired on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. A native of Dinuba, California, Muñoz has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona-Tucson’s creative writing program since 2008.
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