The stories below are part of my collection called Natalie Wood’s Fake Puerto Rican Accent, which was a runner-up for the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award and a finalist for the 2010 AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction.
- “Fleeing Fat Allen” in Conversations Across Borders, March 2012
- “The Last Canasta” in Connecticut Review, Spring 2011
- “Strong Girls” in Calyx, Winter 2008
- “Rosa in America” in New Millennium Writings, Issue 16, 2006-2007
A reviewer in New Pages had this to say about “Strong Girls”:
But it was Donna Miscolta’s “Strong Girls” that was so completely and utterly wonderful that it was well worth the price of the magazine on its very own. Portraying the short high school wrestling careers of overly large identical twins Ofelia and Norma, professionally known as “Oafie and Abnorma,” this story is so perfectly rendered in its tone, craft, and execution that I urge everyone to rush out and read it.
This essay is about my hometown National City, California, a setting similar to the fictional city of Kimball Park in my novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced.
- “Home is Where the Wart Is” in Kartika Review, Winter 2011
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This essay is about my grandfather who was a featherweight boxing champion. The essay earned me a literary grant from 4Culture and a Pushcart Prize nomination from Raven Chronicles.
- “The Little Brown Man from Los Baños” in Raven Chronicles, September 2008
The publication of this chapter led to the publication of my novel When the De La Cruz Family Danced. My deep gratitude goes to the editors of Cha.
- “A Month in the Tropics” in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, May, 2010