Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, Calyx Journal, The Long Story, Portland Review, Kestrel, Echo Ink Review, and other journals. Her collection of stories, Still Life with Plums (2010), was nominated for a Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. Manilla has lived in both Huntington, West Virginia, and Houston, Texas, the settings for Shrapnel.
Ten Things I Can’t Do Without
- Family dinners in my kitchen where everyone is elbow to elbow and the table is overloaded with food
- Road trips with my husband, especially when we get lost (most recently in Montana)
- Writing something nearly every day, even if it’s only ten words, and even if it’s crap
- Loving on my dog and being loved on by her
- Art—whether I’m making it or appreciating someone else’s
- Girls’ Night Out (or In) with my favorite chicas
- The feel of a book in my hands
- Red wine
- Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream—To. Die. For.
- The end of the day when my husband, my dog, and I converge and collapse into bed (the dog pile, we call it) and I know that all is right with the world