Brenda Peynado is a Dominican-American who writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. Her writing style ranges from lyric essays, magical realism, fabulism, science fiction, surrealism, allegory, to some perfectly realistic exaggerations thrown in the mix.
Her work appears in The Georgia Review, Threepenny Review, Epoch, Kenyon Review online, and elsewhere. Her stories have won an O. Henry Prize, a Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune, the Writers at Work contest, 3rd place in Glimmer Train‘s Fiction Open, and other awards.
Once upon a time, she was a tech geek. After a degree in Computer Science from Wellesley College and a job as an IT auditor for IBM, she just couldn’t stop writing stories.
She graduated with her MFA in fiction from Florida State University, where she held a Kingsbury Fellowship and was Fiction Editor of the Southeast Review. In 2014, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to the Dominican Republic to write a novel about the 1965 Guerra de Abril. She received her PhD in fiction from the University of Cincinnati, where she taught screenwriting, fiction, and science fiction & fantasy writing.
She teaches fiction and screenwriting at the University of Central Florida’s BA and MFA programs.