Marléne Zadig is a writer of the West (and beyond). She was born on an army base in Monterey, grew up in the Navy town of San Diego, and now resides with her young family in Berkeley, California. She learned how to fly before she could drive and really misses those days.
For employment, she's worked at an archaeology firm and the California Environmental Protection Agency. She's been a lecturer, a schoolteacher, and has scooped ice cream for a living, which is harder than it looks. She spent a summer cleaning bathrooms and flipping pancakes at a KOA. She's also been a nanny, an urban gardening instructor, and a bookseller—the best job of them all. Once, she completed a research project in the Kenyan wilderness on zebra dung decomposition rates, which did in fact involve watching poop slowly rot over time, protected by poop-tents which she sewed herself. It was more fun than it sounds.
In 2012, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, where she was awarded Honorable Mentions for both the 2010 and 2011 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prizes by the judges, Anthony Doerr and Michael Dirda. Her writing tends toward darkly humorous literary fiction, and she is currently wrapping up a novel about catastrophic wildfire.
Marléne’s short-story collection manuscript, Everybody Dies, was recently named a finalist for the 2018 New American Fiction Prize. She is a 2016 Pushcart Prize and storySouth Million Writers Award nominee, a runner-up for the 2017 Literary Awards at The Pinch, the 2016 StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize, and the 2015 Fulton Prize for Short Fiction, a 2015 Best of the Net finalist, a winner of Carve Magazine's first annual Blog Contest, and she lounges on Twitter @MarleneZadig.