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Olivia Clare Friedman is the author of three books: a novel titled Here Lies (Grove Atlantic), a short story collection titled Disasters in the First World (Black Cat/Grove Atlantic), and a book of poems titled The 26-Hour Day (New Issues).

In fiction, she is a recipient of an O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her stories have appeared in The Paris ReviewGranta, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Southern Review, ZYZZYVA, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. 

In poetry, she is a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, and other journals.


She's been awarded fellowships from MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Tin House. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Southern California, and UC Berkeley. She's also been a Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. Fellow.


She is an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she holds the title of Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor. She lives with her family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.