Daphne Kalotay

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Daphne Kalotay
Citizenship United States and Canada
Alma mater Vassar College, Boston University
Notable works Calamity and Other Stories, Russian Winter, Sight Reading
Notable awards Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize, Transatlantic Review Award from The Henfield Foundation, 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize

Daphne Kalotay is a novelist and short story writer who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is known for her novels, Russian Winter (Harper, 2010) and Sight Reading (Harper, 2013), and her collection of short stories, Calamity and Other Stories (Doubleday, 2005), which was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize.[1] She is a graduate of Vassar College[2] and holds an MA in creative writing and a PhD in literature from Boston University, where she has also taught.[3] In addition, she has taught at Middlebury College and been a writer-in-residence at Skidmore College and Lynchburg College. As of June 2013, Kalotay is co-president of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.[4][5] She is a citizen of both the United States and Canada.[4]


Kalotay was raised in Madison, New Jersey and attended Vassar College. In 1993, she moved to Brookline, Massachusetts to attend Boston University’s Masters Program in Creative Writing and remained at Boston University to complete a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the now-defunct University Professors Program. Studying under her advisor Saul Bellow, she wrote a dissertation on the Canadian writer Mavis Gallant and graduated in 1998.

In 1999, she moved to Vermont for a term position at Middlebury College, where she taught for the English department. She return to Massachusetts in 2002 and since then has lived in the Boston area.[6]

Critical acclaim[edit]

Kalotay has received numerous awards for her fiction, including the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize for her novel Russian Winter [7] and the Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize and a Transatlantic Review Award from The Henfield Foundation.[8] She has been awarded fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation,[9] and Yaddo.[8] Her short fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories, was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize.[1] Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Rumpus, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, O Magazine, The Oregonian, Good Housekeeping, USA Today and dozens of other publications.[4]



Short Fiction[edit]

  • Russian Winter: A Story” in Fusion: A Global Forum, Volume 3, Issue #1, 2012
  • “What Madame Lipsky Wanted” in Good Housekeeping, January 2005
  • All Life’s Grandeur” in Prairie Schooner, Summer 2004
  • “Calamity” in AGNI online, July 2003
  • The Man from Allston Electric” in AGNI no. 55, 2002
  • “Seeing” in Missouri Review, vol. xxiv, no.2, 2001
  • “Serenade” in Missouri Review, vol. xxiii, 2000
  • “Sunshine Cleaners” in Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. xxxix, no. 1, Winter 2000
  • “Snapshots” in The Literary Review, vol. 42, no. 4, Summer 1999
  • “The Business of Love” in Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 75, no. 2, Spring 1999
  • “Alabaster Doesn’t Count” in Bellowing Ark, September/October 1996


  • “The Calm Before the Calm: Silence and the Creative Writer” Poets & Writers, May/June 2013, p. 37-39.
  • “The Art of Reading Gina Berriault,” Poets & Writers, Sept/Oct 2012, p. 33-39.
  • “Biography of a Novel,” Fusion: A Global Forum, Volume 3, Issue # 1, 2012, p. 186-88.
  • The Other Daphne: Du Maurier’s Short Stories,” Memorious.org, Sept. 7, 2010
  • “Narration and ‘Psychic Distance’” in Now Write! (Penguin 2006) pp. 78-81, S. Ellis, ed.
  • Recommendation: the Stories of Gina Berriault,” Post Road 11, Fall 2005, pp. 31-32.
  • Mavis Gallant interview, The Art of Fiction no. 160, Paris Review #153, Winter 1999

Book Reviews[edit]

  • “The Kids Are Alright” on a novel by Sarah Braunstein, Tottenville Review #4, 2011
  • “Journey to the Center of a Character” on a novella by Tony Tulathimutte, Tottenville Review' #3, 2011
  • “All That Work and Still No Boys” on a story collection by Kathryn Ma, Tottenville Review' #2, 2010
  • “The Delighted States” on a nonfiction book by Adam Thirlwell, Tottenville Review' #1, 2010
  • “The Poetry of a Translation” review of poetry by Marcello Fabbri, Vassar Quarterly Summer, 1996
  • “Exploring the Bear Essentials in Oregon” review of The Bear Essential, Vassar Quarterly, Winter 1995

Poetry Translation[edit]

  • Partisan Review: translations from the Hungarian of poems by Attila Jozsef (vol. lxiii, no. 3, Summer 1996)


  1. ^ a b "The Story Prize: 2005 short list". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  2. ^ Kalotay, Daphne (2006). Calamity and Other Stories, Author bio. 
  3. ^ Kalotay, Daphne (2010). Russian Winter, Jacket copy. 
  4. ^ a b c "Author's website". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Women's National Book Association, Boston Chapter: Board and Officers". Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  6. ^ "Athenæum Authors: Daphne Kalotay". Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Scribe: News You Can Use from the Writers' League of Texas". Writers' League of Texas. 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Harper Collins: The Story Behind the Book: Russian Winter publisher=Harper Collins" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Bogliasco Fellowships Recipients: 2012-2013 Academic Year publisher=The Bogliasco Foundation" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-04. 

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