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Olivia Clare Friedman is the author of three books: the novel 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 Review, Granta, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Southern Review, ZYZZYVA, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. Her novel Here Lies was Longlisted for The Crook's Corner Book Prize, a prize for best debut novel set in the American South.
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. Friedman's poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, and other journals.
She has 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.
Friedman grew up in Louisiana. 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.