Mia Alvar lives in New York City. Her first book, In the Country, a collection of short stories, won the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the University of Rochester’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and the 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.
Mia has been a writer in residence at the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts; and received support from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Sirenland Writers Conference, and the Sarah Lawrence Seminar for Writers. Her work has been cited for distinction in The Best American Short Stories and published in One Story, The Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere.
Born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain and the United States, she graduated from Harvard College and the School of the Arts at Columbia University.