Wood, Monica (1953 - )

Genre: General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Short Stories

Monica Wood, born in Mexico, Maine (16 August, 1953), is a long-time Portland resident.

She began her writing career in her late 20s as a short story writer. Her stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including Pushcart Prize Anthology 1999 and Best American Short Stories 1997.

In addition to writing fiction, Wood also presents workshops in which she teaches beginning writers how to improve their short stories and novels. She also has published a writer's guide as an outgrowth of these workshops. She has published three anthologies/teachers' guides whose purpose is to promote the inclusion of contemporary fiction in the junior high and high school curriculum.

Selected Bibliography


  • Secret Language (1993)
  • My Only Story (2000)
  • Any Bitter Thing (2005)

Short Stories

  • Ernie's Ark (2002)


  • Description (1995)
  • Short Takes (1992)
  • 12 Multicultural Novels (1997)
  • The Best of S. E. Hinton (1999)
  • The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing (2002)
  • The Pocket Muse: Endless Inspiration (2006)
  • When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico (2012) winner, Maine Literary Awards Book Award for Memoir