In the words of her father, Kendra Fortmeyer was “born in a barn and raised in a stable environment.” She grew up in the lush woods of central North Carolina, surrounded by stacks of books from her local small-town library.
Now a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer, Kendra has been recognized by grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Dafna Zamarripa-Gensundheit Prize, and the Michener Center for Writers, and her writing has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, One Story, Lightspeed, The Toast, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in fiction from the New Writers Project at UT Austin, and is a 2016 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop.
HOLE IN THE MIDDLE, her debut magical realist YA novel that challenges the way society teaches girls to think about their bodies, is available now.
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I grew up on Long Island in the 1970s and 80s. So that was weird. I worked in advertising photography in the city until one day an art director subjected me to a diatribe about how mink teddy bears were unethical. The thing is, the art director was wearing alligator shoes at the time. It seemed like a good moment to leave New York. I went to live on the beach in Oregon for a little while, and then to New Orleans for a longer while. Now I live in England. One time, a santero told me if I missed my chance to make a decision about where I wanted to live I would wind up wandering the world for the rest of my life. That turned out to be true. I’ve done a few degrees in English Literature and published some academic books. I’ve been an angry performance poet and learned to swallow fire. I’ve done itinerant farm work and been a cleaner in a leather bar. More about Author – Here
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