Anita Felicelli is the author of CHIMERICA: A NOVEL and the short story collection LOVE SONGS FOR A LOST CONTINENT. CHIMERICA appeared on The Millions’ Most Anticipated: The Great Second Half of 2019 Book Preview, Fiction Advocate’s What to Read in September, and Ms. Magazine’s Hidden Gems of 2019. It was an Alta Fiction Pick for Winter 2020. LOVE SONGS won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award.
Anita’s stories have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Alta Journal, Midnight Breakfast, Terrain, The Normal School, Joyland, Kweli Journal, Eckleburg, Catapult, and other places. She’s regularly contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Review of Books. Her nonfiction has also appeared in Slate, Salon, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, PopMatters, Bustle, Babble, Brain Child, Publishing Perspectives, and the New York Times (Modern Love).
Anita’s work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, won Greater Bay Area Journalism awards, placed as a finalist in several Glimmer Train contests, and received a Puffin Foundation grant. She graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law. She is on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle and serves as its VP of Fundraising. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her spouse and three children.