Mary Kuryla 300 dpi large squareMary Kuryla’s collection Freak Weather Stories has been selected by Amy Hempel for the 2016 Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. It was published by University of Massachusetts Press in November 2017. Kuryla’s stories have received The Pushcart Prize, as well as the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize. They’ve appeared in Epoch, Witness, Shenandoah, Greensboro Review, Pleiades, The New Orleans Review, Copper Nickel, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, The Adroit Journal and, for the third time, in Alaska Quarterly Review, among others.

Kuryla co-authored a series of children’s books with Newbery Honor winner Eugene Yelchin, including The Next Door Bear, The Heart of a Snowman, and Ghost Files: The
Haunting Truth, which were published with Harper Children’s Books.

As a filmmaker, Kuryla’s feature film, Freak Weather premiered at Toronto and was in competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her award-winning short film Memory Circus premiered at Sundance. She has written a screen adaptation of Gordon Lish’s Dear Mr. Capote for John Malkovich to direct, as well as screen adaptations for United Artists and MGM, among others. Kuryla has taught seminars in International Cinema, Film Auteurs, and Writing the Horror Screenplay at Loyola Marymount University.

Sally Shore’s New Short Fiction Series featured Animal Control and Other Stories by Mary Kuryla in 2015. A Margaret Bridgeman Scholar in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Kuryla was also a fiction scholar at the New York Summer Writers Institute.