Nora Shalaway Carpenter's debut novel The Edge of Anything was named "Best of the Year" by Bank Street, Kirkus Reviews, and A Mighty Girl, and was a Library of Congress Discover Great Places Through Reading list selection. Her critically acclaimed anthology Rural Voices was an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street Best Book, a Whippoorwill Award winner for authentic rural fiction, and a Nautilus Award double winner, among numerous other honors. Her new novel, Fault Lines, was recently named to the prestigious TAYSHAS state reading list by the Texas Library Association and selected as a Cybils Award finalist. Her new anthology of mental health fiction, AB(solutely) NORMAL, was also named to the TAYSHAS Texas state reading list.
Nora holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and serves as faculty for the Highlights Foundation's Whole Novel Workshop and Intro to Short Fiction class. An academic at heart, she loves to nerd out about research and presents at numerous conferences every year.
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Hi, I'm Nora, lover of all things wild. I'm a neurodivergent author with an invisible disability. As a kid, I had no idea my brain was wired differently, but looking back, it totally makes sense! My novels weave in social justice themes because as people living in the world, these themes impact all of us. With my books, I aim to provide riveting stories while also provoking deep and critical thought.
Similarly, as an anthologist, I prefer to curate stories centered around social justice concerns, i.e. human concerns, with the specific goals of highlighting diverse viewpoints and introducing new, emerging voices alongside established, award-winning authors.
If I'm not writing or rounding up my three kiddos, I am probably doing something related to musical theatre, either chaufering my son to rehearsals, serving my community as a board member of our regional theatre, or--my newest pushing-my-comfort-zone endeavor--attempting tap lessons.