A citizen of both Canada and the U.S., Daphne Kalotay grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Vassar College before moving to Massachusetts to attend Boston University’s Creative Writing Program. There, her stories went on to win the school’s Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize and a Transatlantic Review Award from The Henfield Foundation. She remained at BU to complete a PhD in Modern & Contemporary Literature and, with Saul Bellow as her advisor, wrote her doctoral dissertation on the works of Mavis Gallant. (Her interviews with Mavis Gallant can be read in The Paris Review‘s Writers-At-Work series.)
Daphne has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Her fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories, was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize, and her debut novel, the national and international bestseller Russian Winter, won the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize, made the long list for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and has been published in over twenty foreign editions.
Daphne’s second novel, Sight Reading, was a Boston Globe bestseller, a finalist for the 2014 Paterson Fiction Prize and winner of the 2014 New England Society Book Award in Fiction. “Relativity,” from her collection-in-progress, was the 2017 One City One Story Boston selection.
Daphne lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and teaches at Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing. Her new novel, Blue Hours, will be out in July 2019.
Teaching & Public Speaking
Daphne is a dedicated teacher of writing and literature. She has taught in MFA programs at Boston University, Emerson College, University of Massachusetts-Boston and Western New England University (low-residency) and currently teaches undergraduates at Princeton University. A former Writer-in-Residence at Skidmore College and Lynchburg College, her work with adults and post-MFA students includes courses at Grub Street, Inc. and Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education. She also enjoys public speaking and has given talks on the research and writing process at numerous public libraries and academic institutions. Click here for her teaching c.v.