Marilyn Abildskov

Marilyn Abildskov is the author of the memoir The Men in My Country(2004). Kirkus Reviews describes it as “One of those travel stories that reveals a heart as smitten with the place as the people.” 

She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and the 2021 Los Angeles Review Short Fiction Award. Furthermore, she has received fellowships and honors from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Utah Arts Council. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, The Sun, and many more. Her work has also been anthologized in Best American Essays. 

Abildskov was born in Syracuse, New York, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her B.S. in journalism and political science from the University of Utah and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California. Abildskov holds the 2021-22 Olivia Filippi Chair in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California and teaches regularly at the Iowa Summer Writers Festival.

Updated June 2022

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