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Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Nora Shalaway Carpenter is contributing editor of the critically acclaimed short story anthology Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America, which was named an NPR Best Book of the Year, A YALSA Best Fiction YA selection, a TAYSHAS list selection, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. Her debut novel The Edge of Anything was named a Bank Street Best Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best book, and A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year. Of her forthcoming novel, Fault Lines, set in her home state of West Virginia, WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman praises: "I was happily reminded throughout of the masterful storytelling found in an earlier generation of Appalachian authors like George Ella Lyon and Cynthia Rylant...Highly recommended." Carpenter holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently serves on faculty for the Highlights Foundation's Whole Novel Retreat. Connect with her at