“It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a character as deeply as I fell for Living Color's Angie Rubio. Donna Miscolta writes gorgeous, luminous sentences, at turns funny and heartbreaking, searing and wise...”

—SHARMA SHIELDS, author of The Cassandra

About Donna

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.

Also by Donna

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Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories

When the de la Cruz Family Danced

Featured Stories and Essays

"What I Know About Dismemberment"
Published on February 28, 2023

My Filipino father had big ears. His Filipino father had big ears. I have big ears. Once when I was getting my hair cut, the stylist paid me a compliment. I thought she said I had good hair, which I do. Or did. No matter. What she really said was that I have good ears. Long lobes, which signal good luck.

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“Luis Alberto Urrea, My Hometown, and Me”
Published October 8, 2022

When The Seattle Public Library announced Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels as its 2022 Seattle Reads pick, I took my signed copy off the shelf to read again — to read in community a book that itself is a tribute to community and family. And place.

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Month Eleven in Málaga – Las dos Claudias, luck and chance, Filipinos–the cookie, and, oh, yeah, Carnaval

I don’t usually start with an update on how my Spanish is going, but… my Spanish is going pretty well! Thanks in large part to two lovely people, both named Claudia. Spanish Acquisition Report – Learning with the Claudias, movies, and bookstore events In my second month in Malaga, Seattle friend Arline introduced me via social media to her cousin Claudia, a resident and citizen of Spain by way of Venezuela. Since then, Claudia has become my friend and a…

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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.”

—Noel Alumit, author of Talking to the Moon and Letters to Montgomery Clift