"Sweet, moody, sexy, cruel. Stories told with such tenderness, they leave you with your heart aching."

—Sandra Cisneros, on Zigzagger

Check here for info on events, forthcoming publications, and all manner of literary this-and-that for writer Manuel Muñoz. Updates to this site will be made, more or less, on a quarterly basis.

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

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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. He is a recipient of a 2008 Whiting Writers' Award and a 2009 PEN/O. Henry Award for his story "Tell Him About Brother John."

Manuel is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Rush Hour, Swink, Epoch, Glimmer Train, Edinburgh Review, 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 has joined the faculty of the University of Arizona's creative writing program as an assistant professor, and currently lives in Tucson.

Manuel's first novel, What You See in the Dark, is scheduled for publication in March 2011.


  • Manuel will be one of the featured writers at the PEN/Faulkner Gala Benefit Reading for Writers in the Schools. He'll join Nicholas Delbanco, Lisa Grunwald, Jane Hamilton, Maxine Hong Kingston, Walter Kirn, Laura Lippman, Audrey Niffenegger, Bich Minh Nguyen, Howard Norman, Z.Z. Packer, and Gail Kern Paster.

  • A new story, "High Heels Running in the Rain," will be published by Eleven Eleven in July 2010.

  • Some trivia: Manuel's first-year dorm room at Harvard, Matthews 8, was once that of the film director Terrence Malick.

  • Thanks to the ultracool Salt Publishing, The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue releases in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand on November 1, 2009.

  • Speaking of ultracool, the writer J. Robert Lennon stages yet another of his considerate and thoughtful interviews during Manuel's October visit to Cornell. Click through for some thoughts on the glories of Joan Silber's Ideas of Heaven, the complexity of dual identities and the limits of queer lit, and the one-word description of what it's like to write a novel.

  • Manuel's story "Tell Him About Brother John," which originally appeared in Epoch, has appeared in the 2009 edition of The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. The link will take you to an Author Spotlight Q&A.

  • Manuel answers 20 Questions over at My Latino Voice.

  • Manuel has received a Whiting Writers' Award for 2008!!! (Sidenote: The award was sweetly noted by one of Manuel's favorite bloggers, who posts one of Manuel's guilty pleasures, Supporting Actress Sundays.)

  • Manuel has been named a 2008 Fellow in Fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts.

  • Listen to a terrific podcast of Manuel at the Key West Literary Seminar in conversation with his publisher, Elisabeth Scharlatt of Algonquin Books, on being a new voice, loving old movies, and redefining "American writer": recorded on January 19, 2008.

  • The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. An article about the initial shortlist appears right here. An article from one of the judges post-announcement appears over here. And Manuel? Well, it was back to work at his 9-to-5, just like her.

  • Read Manuel's email exchange about writing and identity with the blog Homo-Neurotic. Click on the Q&A tab and you'll find a link to another interview at the flagship blog for many Chicano/a writers, La Bloga.

  • Listen to an interview with Manuel on Houston Public Radio.

  • Watch a video of Manuel and Helena María Viramontes presenting "Telling Stories That Matter" for the LA Public Library's terrific ALOUD reading series. The clip is dated August 23, 2007, though the hour-long discussion took place in May 2007.

  • Read Manuel's Op-Ed, "Leave Your Name at the Border" (originally titled "Namecalling") in the August 1, 2007 issue of the New York Times.

  • Read "Wish You Were Here," Manuel's contribution to Out Traveler magazine's back page column, "The Meaning of Travel," in the Fall 2007 issue.

  • Read Manuel's Author's Statement for his 2006 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.