Myriam Gurba

Myriam Gurba lives in California and loves it. She teaches high school, writes, and makes “art.” NBC described her short story collection Painting Their Portraits in Winter as “edgy, thought-provoking, and funny.” She has written for Time, KCET, and the Rumpus. Wildflowers, compliments, and cash make her happy.


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Mean (2018)
True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy.

Painting Their Portraits In Winter: Stories (2015)
In this artfully crafted collection of new short stories by award-winning author Myriam Gurba, nothing is as it seems on the surface A Mexican grandmother tells creepy yet fascinating ghost stories to her granddaughters as a way to make them sit still ("How Some Abuelitas Keep Their Chicana Granddaughters Still).

The Pranks Episode (2018)
MariNaomi and Myriam Gurba read pranks written in from listeners, and share some stories of their own.