Queer fiction and essay writer Kristen Arnett ’12’s New York Times best-selling novel Mostly Dead Things has been selected as a Best of 2019 pick at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Oprah Magazine, ELLE, The Washington Post, AutoStraddle, Shelf Awareness, and more. Arnett is the 2019-2020 Florida Literary Arts Coalition Writer’s Circuit pick and was chosen as a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute for 2020.
This latest news comes on the heels of Arnett signing a major two-book deal with Riverhead Books to publish Samson, a novel about queerness, motherhood, and expectations, and With Foxes, a collection of short stories.
A Florida native, Arnett grew up in Orlando, attended Winter Park High School, and graduated from Rollins College’s Hamilton Holt School with a degree in English. During her time at Rollins, she was an intern for Winter With the Writers and will return as one of the festival’s accomplished authors during the 2020 season. She also holds a master’s degree in library science from Florida State University.