Charlottesville, VA – Kristen-Paige Madonia was raised in southern Virginia where she received her BA from James Madison University. Her fiction has been published in “Sycamore Review”, “Inkwell”, “The South Dakota Review”, and “Pearl”, and she recently has been awarded writing residencies with Millay Colony for the Arts and The Studios of Key West. She holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach where she taught creative writing and was awarded the Best Thesis Award for the College of Liberal Arts. Madonia received the Marianne Russo Fellowship to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and advanced fiction workshop with Robert Stone in 2008, and she is also the recipient of the James I. Murashige Jr. Memorial Scholarship for Fiction, the Ronald Foote Scholarship Award for Short Fiction, and the 2005 Literary Women Festival of Authors Fellowship.
Kristen-Paige currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia where she teaches creative writing and is at work on her second book, a novel that explores the ever-changing definition of the modern American family, the complexities of interracial relationships, and the effects of the Iraq war on small towns in the United States.