Glendaliz Camacho, a New York City native, has been writing for ten years, but making shit up for much longer.
When she was about twenty years old – already a mother, newly single, and trying to anchor her life for the millionth time – she read Julia Alvarez’s Yo! and dared to consider writing as a vocation. If there was space in the world for Julia’s words, perhaps there was space for hers too. It was the inkling of an idea, but it was enough.
Glendaliz studied English literature at Fordham University and worked in the editorial departments of Victoria Sanders & Associates and Cambridge University Press while freelance writing. She was a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee, and 2015 Write A House Finalist. She has earned residencies at Jentel, Caldera, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Hedgebrook, and Lanesboro Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Glendaliz is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) Fiction Workshops. She is a June 2016 Money For Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. Thanks to the generosity of The Jerome Foundation she was awarded a residency-fellowship to the Anderson Center for August 2016. Glendaliz will be a writer in residence at Kerouac House from September to November of 2016.
Her work appears in The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press), The Brooklyn Rail, The Butter, and Kweli Journal, among others.
Glendaliz is currently working on a short story collection that delves into the struggle to define and pursue personal freedom through four sections or corners. The first, Esquina (Spanish for “corner”), is set in the Dominican Republic. The second, Bloque (a Spanish slang word born from a corruption of the English “block”), navigates adulthood and immigration to the US. The third, Corner, contains stories of the first generation of children born in the US. The last section, Y (symbolic of the place where two paths meet to become a new one) holds stories of a future generation where the characters’ migratory past survives only in a single detail.
Glendaliz is also working on a fantasy novel loosely based on pre-Conquest Caribbean and Dominican folklore, and an essay collection about post-trauma emotional armor tentatively titled Full Battle Rattle. Additionally, she is working on a YA novel about an intellectually gifted teenage mother, and a musical set in the world of independent pro-wrestling. Because why not?
Glendaliz lives in New York City with her dachshund.