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Partial list of publications: Who By Fire, Skinny, Essays in The New York TimesParis Review, GQ, Esquire, and Tin House
Genres: Fiction
Awards: Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University, Orlando Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship in Bulgaria


MFA in Creative Writing, University of Montana



Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011), of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a forthcoming nonfiction book based on that column (Crown). She has written for GQ, Esquire, New York, Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Glimmer Train Stories, and many other publications. She won the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation and has been awarded a number of residencies and fellowships, including a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University and a fellowship from the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria. Flavorwire named her one of “50 Writers You Need To See Read Live.”


Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011)
Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008)

Selected Short Published Work

(2016) Among The Healers (Essay) New York Times
(2016) Men In Airport Bars Ask, “What Do You Do?” (Essay) Lenny Letter
(2015) Going Off (Column) New York Times
(2015) Why I Didn’t Write Back (Essay) The Butter
(2015) How To Make Love In A Single Room Occupancy (Essay) PANK
(2014) The Matchmaker’s Mouth (Essay) Southern Review
(2014) Things She Said (Essay) Brevity
(2013) Eye-Gazing (Feature) The New York Observer
(2013) Touch (Essay) O, The Oprah Magazine
(2013) Too Shy To Date (Feature) Slate
(2012) Horror Story (Essay) Paris Review
(2012) Drugs, Sweat and Fear (Essay) The New York Times
(2012) My Klonopin Fog (Essay) Salon
(2012) Put Me In, Coach (Feature) GQ
(2011) They See Rich People (Feature) New York Magazine
(2011) The Cure for a Compulsive Helper (reprint) CNN Living
(2011) Selling A Second Novel (Essay) The Wall Street Journal
(2010) Should You Hire a Social Coach? (Essay) Details
(2009) No More Games (Essay) Nerve
(2009) Why Are You Drinking That? (Essay) Esquire Magazine
(2009) Proximity (Short story) Glimmer Train Stories

Honors and Awards

May 2015: 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency
March 2015: Orlando Prize in Creative Nonfiction/Room of Her Own Foundation
February 2015: San Miguel Writers’ Conference Creative Nonfiction Award
Summer 2014: Baltimore Review Prize
May 2014: Visiting Artist at The Betsy Hotel
May 2013: Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship
2012 – 2013: LABA Fellow
August 2005 – May 2006: Portsmouth Abbey School Writer-In-Residence Fellowship
August 2004 – May 2005: Steinbeck Fellowship, San Jose State University
June 2003: Writer-In-Residence at The Anderson Center

Teaching (abbreviated list)

2012 – present: Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio
2014 – present: Wounded Warrior Project
2008 – 2015: Gotham Writer’s Workshop
2007 – 2009: LIM College