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Maya Afilalo lives in Philadelphia. The recipient of the 2022 James Hurst Prize for Fiction, her stories and essays appear or are forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Bayou MagazineThe /tƐmz/ Review, and elsewhere. She is an assistant editor for Passengers Journal. Maya holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Fiction from North Carolina State University.

Her writing has earned her residencies with Sundress Publications, the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, and the Clearman Cottage Writers Residency sponsored by the Kelly Writers House, and she was a 2023 Tin House Workshop participant. She has shared her work at readings including Foglifter's 2021 Queer Home Cookout Tour, with Mónica Gomery, Miah Jeffra, noor, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Jason Villemez, and Carmen Maria Machado.

Maya is currently working on a short story collection and a coming-of-age novel, the latter of which was a Top 10 Finalist in Voyage Journal's 2022 Novel Excerpt Contest. You can find her @m_afil on Twitter and @mafilalo on Instagram and Bluesky.

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