Martha Conway

About me

My first novel 12 Bliss Street (St. Martin’s Minotaur) was nominated for an Edgar Award, and my short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, Folio, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. I graduated from Vassar College and received my master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. I am the recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship, and have reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Iowa Review. I am an instructor for the Online Writers’ Studio at Stanford University.

From my website

Review of Thieving Forest by Kirkus Reviews

An accomplished novel that looks at the true wildness of the wilderness and the stakes of rugged individualism. In 1806, a massive swamp stretches across northeastern Ohio. In the not-so-distant town of Severne, separated from the swamp by the Thieving Forest, there live five sisters who are just starting to…

Equal Writes

LAURA FRASER is the Editorial Director and co-founder of, which publishes short e-books by and for women. Last month shebooks launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a fund to pay for women writers. I learned about this campaign just this week via twitter (and immediately contributed), and asked Laura if she…

Following the artery of a character’s life

A COUPLE OF MONTHS ago I was at the bookstore Book Passage in Corte Madera. I couldn’t find anything new I wanted to buy, but before I left empty-handed I stopped by the second-hand (nearly new? gently used?) bookshelf. There I found a collection of short stories set in Quebec…

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