Thea Goodman grew up in Manhattan and will always be a New Yorker. She now lives in Chicago and Eastern Long Island with her family. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Brooklyn College MFA Program she studied with the founders of Fiction Collective 2. She’s the author of a novel, THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE’S GONE (Henry Holt and co., 2013) which was featured in The New York Times, Vogue, O, and NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Her short story, “Evidence,” the title story of a collection in-progress, was chosen by The New York Public Library for Stories on The MTA, a Digital Archive, 2019. Her stories, personal essays, and poetry have appeared in Catapult, The Rumpus, Columbia, Confrontation, New England Review, Other Voices, The Huffington Post and The Coachella Review, among other publications and are forthcoming in The Penn Review. She has won a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and The Columbia Fiction Award and residency fellowships at Yaddo and The Ragdale Foundation. 

Having taught creative writing in colleges including NYU and The University of Chicago, she’s now at work on a new novel and is a member of The National Council of Graywolf Press and Penn America.



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