Other Writing


These chapters from my novel-in-progress The Education of Angie Rubio have been published as stand-alone stories:

An excerpt from my novel-in-progress The Education of Angie Rubio was recorded by KUOW at the 2014 LitCrawl as part of the Seattle7Writers’ Seven@Seven performance at Richard Hugo House.


Many of the stories below are part of my collection called Natalie Wood’s Fake Puerto Rican Accent, which has been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award, AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, and the Brighthorse Prize. Retitled Hola and Goodbye, the collection was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman in 2015 and was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2016.

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.


  • “A Chinese Laborer, a Mural, Carlos Santana, and My Hometown Library,” a brief story about the library in the city where I grew up, appeared September 10, 2018 in Erin Pringle’s Summer Library Series.
  • “Comings and Goings,” about a family, a beloved family member, and how life is a series of farewells, appeared in the December 2017 issue of Blood Orange Review.
  • “After my grandmother died, there was no one to make the tamales,” begins the essay I wrote about the background for the stories in Hola and Goodbye. The essay appears in the Research Notes section in the November 25, 2016 issue of Necessary Fiction .
  • “Gray and Naked,” an essay about me and my mother and getting older appeared in Split Lip Magazine in August 2016.
  • My essay “A Room of One’s Own To Throw Things” on how women writers and their work are valued appears in the inaugural issue of Critical Eyes in December 2014, a blogging collective that reflects on media culture.
  • 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 boxerearned 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

Novel Excerpt

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.

Book Reviews

  • “The borders between people,” review of Crux by Jean Guerrero and Retablos by Octavio Solis, Seattle Review of Books, February 19, 2019.
  • “Love is kicking our asses,” review of Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez, Seattle Review of Books, June 20, 2018
  • “Trying to make sense of the border,” review of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú, Seattle Review of Books, April 4, 2018
  • “Let us be part of the change,” review of Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years by Susan F. Quimpo and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, Seattle Review of Books, February 28, 2018
  • “Reclaiming the story of women’s bodies,” review of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Seattle Review of Books, November 15, 2017
  • “The language of justice,” review of Lola’s House: Filipino Women Living with War by M. Evelina Galang, Seattle Review of Books, September 27, 2017
  • “Where and when history happens,” review of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy, Seattle Review of Books, April 12, 2017
  • “The fire is in the book,” review of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, and the In-Between by Sayantani Dasgupta, Seattle Review of Books, March 2017
  • “Poetic language and fairy-tale setting lift this story of illicit love,” review of Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng, International Examiner, December 2016
  • “Sancocho,” review of Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women, edited by Erika Martinez, Seattle Review of Books, June 2016
  • Review of People Like You by Margaret Malone, Hypertext Magazine, May 2016
  • Review of In the Country by Mia Alvar, Hypertext Magazine, March 2016
  • “Staring across a border, looking at a wall,” review of The Border is Burning by Ito Romo, Seattle Review of Books, March 2016
  • Necktie Transcends Languages” review of I Called Him Necktie by Milena Michiko Flasar, International Examiner, August 2015
  •  “Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You holds a mystery, invites readers in,” review of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, International Examiner, July 2014


  • “Donna Miscolta: The Accidental Novelist,” by Jefferson Robbins, Humanities Washington blog, September 25, 2018
  • “A History of Family, Creativity, and Sisterhood: A Conversation with Author Donna Miscolta,” What She Might Think, January 4, 2018
  • “Interview of Donna Miscolta by Xánath Carraza,” La Bloga, October 2016
  • “Hypertext Interview with Donna Miscolta,” Hypertext Magazine, May 2016
  • “Donna Miscolta Interviews Sonora Jha,” Hedgebrook blog, March 2016
  • “Sonora Jha Interviews Donna Miscolta,” Hedgebrook blog, March 2016
  • “#WomanCentered: Donna Miscolta,” #WomanCentered Two, March 2016

Other Articles

  • “Reflecting on Race and Racism through Poetry, Spoken Word, and Conversation,” Seattle Review of Books, March 2016
  • “Reflections by and about white people,” about Seattle City of Literature: Reflections from a Community of Writers, edited by Ryan Budinot, Seattle Review of Books, October 2015

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