Over at LitHub, news that Manuel has received a third O. Henry Award, honoring “The Reason Is Because,” which was published in Issue 61 of American Short Fiction. Other three-time winners are listed here.

Check here for info on events and all manner of literary this-and-that for writer Manuel Muñoz. If you are interested in contacting Manuel for a reading or require permissions for use of his work, please contact his trusty and speedy agent, Stuart Bernstein, at:

Stuart Bernstein
Representation for Artists
63 Carmine Street, no. 3D
New York, New York 10014
212-924-1894 tel / 212-924-6467 fax


Manuel Muñoz is the author of two collections of short stories, Zigzagger (Northwestern University Press, 2003) and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 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 Award for his story, “Tell Him About Brother John” and a second O. Henry in 2015 for “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” 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. A native of Dinuba, California, Manuel graduated from Harvard University and received his MFA in creative writing at Cornell University.

Manuel is a recipient of a 2008 Whiting Writers’ Award and served as a juror for the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Awards and the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Awards. He has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s creative writing program since 2008. He is an associate professor and currently lives in Tucson.

If you’re participating in a book group or simply want some insight on the novel’s last chapter, visit the wonderfully considerate and well-argued essays offered up by two film critics: Charles Taylor at the IFC film blog and Miguel Rodriguez at KPBS’s Cinema Junkie.