Donna Miscolta’s most recent book is Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories from Jaded Ibis Press in 2020. Her story collection Hola and Goodbye, winner of the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2016. It won an Independent Publishers award for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Fiction. She’s also the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced published in 2011 by Signal 8 Press. Recent stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Atticus Review, Los Angeles Review, and the anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of Covid-19.
Featured Stories and Essays
Angie Rubio’s Report Card by Angie Rubio’s Mother
Published on May 21, 2020
Language Arts – Angie tends to show off her vocabulary. She’s especially fond of words that end in -ology, as if she really knows what they mean—paleontology, herpetology, meteorology. What about apology?
Can’t You Talk, Girl?
Published June 1, 2020
When I am four, I go to the Birthday Club show on the local TV station in San Diego. For the occasion, my mother envelops me in ruffles, spirals my hair in curls, and pins a shiny barrette to my scalp.
Latest Blog Post
Much of my fiction is set in a place that resembles my hometown of National City, California and some of my characters live in a house that resembles the National City house I grew up in. I’ll argue that these similarities are due not to writerly laziness or lack of imagination, but to an emotional attachment to a place that inspired a deeper connection to the characters I was creating. In the backyard of that National City house, my father…Read More
Praise for Donna's Work
“Miscolta is a pitch-perfect prose stylist and a passionately empathetic creator: she savors sentence-making and attends to the all-important nuanced moments between people.”
—Antonya Nelson, author of Bound
“Miscolta writes with the precision demanded by the short story, but with the range, scope, and generosity we crave in the novel, and what results is an unforgettable reading experience.”
—Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress
“Miscolta writes with heart for all the brown girls who feel invisible. These stories say with love and sincerity: I see you.”
—Ivelisse Rodriguez, author of Love War Stories
“When the de la Cruz Family Danced is my kind of book—characters I fell in love with, prose that made me swoon, dialogue that rang true. Donna Miscolta did something wonderful here: she created a world that I didn’t want to leave.”