headshot_carissa_colorCarissa Halston has written fiction about flight attendants reduced to their parts for money, a butcher who gives up food to save her father from diabetes, a pair of sisters so codependent one puts the other to literal sleep, a suicidal septuagenarian whose grandson’s girlfriend tries to help her to death, a lexicographer who makes up words to deal with being estranged from her father, and three generations of women forced to deal with grief, motherhood, and war—in other words, misfits whose lives are equal parts tragedy and fun.

Halston’s fiction has been called “muscular,” “potent,” “precise,” “inventive,” “intricate,” and “brutally funny,” and she’s the recipient of a Holmes Memorial Award and a Willow Springs Fiction Prize. She’s also received honors and grants from The Cincinnati Review, The Writers’ Room of Boston, The Wesleyan Writers Conference, and elsewhere.

In addition to writing, Halston runs the literary journal apt and the award-winning small press Aforementioned Productions. She currently lives in Boston and is at work on a novel called Conjoined States. If you want to drop her a note, you can reach her via email or find her on Twitter.