Brenda Peynado is a Dominican-American who writes fiction and nonfiction; lyric essays, magical realism, fabulism, surrealism, allegory, and some perfectly realistic exaggerations thrown in the mix.
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. Her stories appear in The Georgia Review, Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, Cimarron Review, Pleiades 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.
In 2014, she was on a Fulbright Fellowship to the Dominican Republic, writing a novel about the 1965 Guerra de Abril.
She loves training dogs and has the best friend nature could offer, in the form of an energetic, bearded white terrier. Often, her dog’s bark announces her arrival. Often, her stories include dogs.
Currently, she’s a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati.