Martha Conway

About me

I’m the author of novels Sugarland, Thieving Forest, and 12 Bliss Street, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. 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. Currently, I am an instructor of Creative Writing at Stanford University’s Online Writers Studio and UC Berkeley Extension.

From my website

The Kindness of Readers

DRIVING TWO-AND-A-HALF hours to get to a Book Club meeting might not seem like everyone’s cup of tea, and it’s true that my car tires seemed to touch every highway in the Bay Area in order to get there. But greeted by enthusiastic readers and incredibly yummy food, I was grateful…

The Boy Who Could Not Lie

I WASN’T LOOKING FOR a subject for a new novel. I was in the midst of re-writing a novel that I’d been working on for a few years, and the finish line was in sight. But one day—this was about a year before I began writing The Underground River—I had…

Writing The River: Steamboats and Slavery

PROBABLY LIKE EVERY STATE, OHIO can be very regional; the northerners stay in the north, and the southerners stay in the south. I grew up in the north, in Cleveland, which is separated from Canada only by Lake Erie; I didn’t set foot in Cincinnati (the southern tip) until I…

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