Mary Lynn Reed is a fiction writer and mathematician. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. Her fiction has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, Outlook SpringsMississippi Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Free State Review, Potomac Review, The MacGuffin,  Smokelong Quarterly, and many other places. (See Writing/Publication page for a full list.) Her first short story collection, entitled “Phantom Advances,” is available for pre-orders, and is forthcoming from Split Lip Press in March 2023.

Mary Lynn’s fiction has been honored with the University of Maryland’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction (2013), the Per Contra Prize for Short Fiction (2009), and selected as one of the WigLeaf Top 50 Very Short Stories (of 2008). She’s been a finalist in fiction contests at The Chattahoochee Review (2014), Mississippi Review (2016), Yemassee (2017), and in the University of North Texas’s 2019 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction. Her flash fiction was also nominated for Best Small Fictions 2017. 

Mary Lynn grew up in and around Tampa, Florida. She currently lives in western New York with her wife, the artist Lesley C. Weston, and together they co-edit the journal MoonPark Review.

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