If you have gotten here by accident, I am not the Danielle Evans who won America’s Next Top Model, Danielle Evans the martial arts champion, Danielle Evans the photographer, or any of the other people who share my surprisingly popular name. I am the author of the short-story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, which was a co-winner of the 2011 PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize for a first book, a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection for 2011, the winner of the 2011 Paterson Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Hurston-Wright award for fiction, and an honorable mention for the 2011  PEN/Hemingway award.  It was named one of the best books of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and O Magazine, and longlisted for The Story Prize.  My work has appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, Callaloo, and Phoebe,  and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2010, and in New Stories from the South. I received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, was the 2006-2007 Carol Houck Smith fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, taught literature and creative writing at American University in Washington DC, and  now teach in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

For formal publicity inquiries, please contact Melissa Broder:

For speaking engagements, please contact Erin Simpson at Penguin Speakers Bureau:

Fore more about the story collection, please see the Reviews and Press page, the Ayesha Pande Literary author page, or The Riverhead Catalogue description.

Here are some interviews I’ve done about the writing process in general, and my writing in particular:

Fiction Writers Review

The Nervous Breakdown

The L

Fogged Clarity

She Writes

The Messenger

Here are links to some of the magazines and anthologies that have published my work:

The Paris Review

A Public Space



The L

The Owls

Pen American

Best American Short Stories


5 thoughts on “Bio/Contact

  1. Danielle, I just completed “Before you Suffocate …” and loved it. Just wanted to let you know you’ve got a new fan who is waited with baited breath for your novel.

    All the best!

  2. Wow – I just read your book (and wrote a review for my local paper here in Chattanooga TN) and I was blown away. Thank you for sharing these voices with us and for touching me and I’m sure many others so deeply. Congratulations and I can’t wait for your upcoming novel!

  3. Danielle, your stories are hilarious! You’re such a wonderful writer. I was just wondering, where did you go for undergrad?

  4. I have come here on purpose to find one my favorite writers! I am an iranian translator and journalists and I have translated many
    American and other nationals into Farsi for the first time. Among them
    I may recall Raymond Carver, Tess Gallager, Tobias Wolff, Olga
    Grushin, Olga Tucarchuk, Lori Ostlund, Salvatore Schibona and many
    others for the first time. I have read some of your stories and I
    have decided to translate some of your short stories into Farsi.
    I have created an alert on google to get the news and events of yours. I want to have a feature about you in one of the coming issues of
    an Iranian cultural monthly Golestaneh.
    Accept my highest regards.

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