Mandy Keifetz is a 4th-generation New Yorker and a finishing school drop-out. As a child, she lived in the Chelsea Hotel. Her work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Brooklyn Rail, .Cent, Penthouse, Vogue, QW, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Comics Journal, the New York Press, Our Town, Manhattan Spirit, and zines too numerous to count. Corrido (optioned by Hanthum Films, UK) was her first novel and was favorably reviewed in Publisher's Weekly, Japanese Esquire, Bloomsbury Review, KRWG/NPR, WFMU, WSTR, CKUT (McGill Radio) and the Austin Chronicle; selected as a best first novel out of New York by the Library Journal; and Entertainment Weekly called it "an intoxicating cocktail of sex and death," which she very much enjoys using as a pull-quote. Her second novel, Flea Circus: A Brief Bestiary of Grief novel won the AWP Fiction Prize in 2010 and was a Finalist in the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for which it received an Honorable Mention. Flea Circus was published by New Issues in 2012. She was a Fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2002 and her plays have been staged in London at the Young Vic, in Cambridge at the Junction Theater and at the Judith E. Wilson Studio, in Montréal at the Théâtre Ste. Catherine, in Oslo at the Samtidsfestivalen and in New York at Where Eagles Dare Studios. She is an occasional Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Quest University in BC and an occasional MFA dissertation defense panelist at UMASS, Amherst, and has been a national jurist for the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers’ Scholastic Writing Awards since 2011. Whenever she has the money to spare, she studies Homeric Greek at Flux Factory in New York. She is a NYPL MaRLI scholar which means on any given day you can find her grazing in oh glorious open stacks. She lives in Scriptorium, Brooklyn with the opera composer George Grella, their daughter, and a large dog.

Scriptorium, Brooklyn where I reside