Anthony Marra

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Anthony Marra
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Reading at the 2016 Gaithersburg Book Festival
Born 1984
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Writer
Education Landon School
Alma mater University of Southern California;
Iowa Writers Workshop
Genre fiction
Notable awards Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
(2014) A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Anthony Marra is an American fiction writer.


Anthony Marra attended high school at the Landon School, and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa with an MFA.[1] In 2009, he attended the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.[2] He was a 2011–2013 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.[3] Currently, he teaches at Stanford University as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA.

He has contributed pieces to The Atlantic,[4] Narrative Magazine,[5] and MAKE Magazine.[6]

His debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was published in May 2013 by Hogarth.


Marra's first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, received the inaugural John Leonard Prize given by the National Book Critics Circle for a first book.[7][8] It also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.[9] and the French Grand prix des lectrices de Elle

In 2010, his short story "Chechnya" won a 2010 Pushcart Prize and the 2010 Narrative Prize.

He also won a 2012 Whiting Award.[10]

In 2016, his short story "The Grozny Tourist Bureau", initially published in Zoetrope: All Story won a National Magazine Award for Fiction.[11]


  • "The Wolves of Bilaya Forest" (2012; a short story)
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013; a novel)
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories (2015; a collection of short stories)


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