Daphne Kalotay received her MFA and PhD from Boston University, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on the works of Mavis Gallant. (Her interviews with Gallant can be read in The Paris Review’s Writers-At-Work series.) Her books include Calamity and Other Stories—shortlisted for the 2005 Story Prize—and the national and international bestseller Russian Winter, which won the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize, made the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award long list and Wall Street Journal “5 Best” list, and was nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her bestselling novel Sight Reading was a finalist for the 2014 Paterson Fiction Prize and winner of the 2014 New England Society Book Award in Fiction. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.
A recipient of fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the La Napoule Foundation, and Yaddo, Kalotay has taught in the MFA programs at Boston University, Emerson College, and University of Massachusetts, as well as at Middlebury College, Skidmore College, and Harvard University, where her teaching received a Dean’s Letter of Commendation. She is currently completing a second fiction collection, and her new novel, Blue Hours, will be published in 2019.