Cai
Emmons

Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son (Harcourt), The Stylist (HarperCollins), and Weather Woman (Red Hen Press). A sequel to Weather Woman, called Sinking Islands, is forthcoming from Red Hen in the fall of 2021. Her story collection Vanishing, winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest came out in March 2020. His Mother’s Son received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, was a Booksense and Literary Guild selection, was translated into French and German, was reviewed by O Magazine and The Economist, and won an Oregon Book Award (the Ken Kesey Award) for fiction. About The Stylist, one of the earliest novels featuring a transgender character, Booklist said: “With family relations as twisted as a French braid and language as vivid as a platinum dye job, Emmons’ potent novel features magnetic characters and complex and compelling secrets.” Weather Woman, Emmons’s most recent novel, about a meteorologist who discovers she has the power to change the weather, has been featured in such places as LitHub, The Rumpus, Book Riot, Montana Public Radio, Aspen Public Radio, The CCNY Grad Center, among others. The novel won a Nautilus Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize.

Emmons’s short fiction has appeared in such periodicals as LitHub, Electric Literature, Ms. Magazine, TriQuarterly, Narrative, Arts and Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, The Santa Monica Review, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The New York Post, and Portland Monthly. A story of hers was a finalist for the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize; another was a finalist in the Narrative Fiction Contest. She has been awarded fellowships at The Albee Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Playa, Caldera, and Moulin a Nef in France. She is also a produced playwright and screenwriter.

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