Machado’s (she/her) writing blends realism with the surreal and the speculative across a range of topics including queer women’s experiences, true crime, domestic violence, and eroticism. She finds motivation in “roaming over different forms…exploring new avenues into storytelling.” Her diverse published works include the memoir In the Dream House, the graphic novel The Low, Low Woods, and the horror/sci-fi story collection Her Body and Other Parties, which was a National Book Award finalist. Her work has been published in The New Yorker and Hough Mifflin Harcourt’s anthologies Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship, and a Bard Fiction Prize. Machado earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Iowa and a BA in visual media from American University.