Paula Whyman's debut linked story collection, YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER, is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in Spring 2016. Her stories have appeared in journals including McSweeney's Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, Five Chapters, and The Southampton Review. Her fiction was selected for the anthology Writes of Passage: Coming-of-Age Stories and Memoirs from The Hudson Review (Ivan R. Dee) and the Virgin Fiction award anthology (Morrow/Weisbach). Her work has been supported by fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Studios of Key West, and VCCA, and she was awarded a 2014 Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Fiction by the Sewanee Writers Conference. She received a 2014 Pushcart Prize Special Mention for a story that appeared in The Gettysburg Review. She's the recipient of grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). In 2015, Paula was elected to a 3-year term on The MacDowell Colony Fellows Executive Committee (FEC).
In Mansfield Studio at MacDowell Colony; photo by Jo Eldredge Morrissey
Ms. Whyman's commentary has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Her humor essays have appeared in the Washington Post’s Style and Food sections, and the Sunday magazine. Her mini-interviews have appeared in The Rumpus. She created and wrote the weekly column, Semi-Charmed Life: Surviving at the Center of the Universe, which was featured on Bethesda Magazine's website.
She has been a visiting writer for the Pen/Faulkner Foundation's Writers in Schools program in Washington, DC, and The Hudson Review's Writers in Schools/College Now program in New York. Her fiction is part of the curriculum at The Young Women's Leadership School in Harlem. She has taught at The Studios of Key West and at Politics & Prose, the independent bookstore in Washington, DC.
Ms. Whyman was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated with an MFA in literature from The American University, where she received the Myra Sklarew Thesis Award. Before attending graduate school, she was a book development editor with the American Psychological Association, as well as a bar-back, a meeting planner, an editor of cheesy real estate guides, a clerk in a custom T-shirt and gag emporium, a camp counselor, and a Solid Gold dancer. She has always been a writer.