M. Molly Backes

Photo of Flannery O'Connor Award judge M. Molly BackesM. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa, which was named Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Fiction for Teens (2013) and Forever Young Adult’s Best YA Books of 2012 and was a finalist on NPR.org’s Best-Ever Teen Novels list in 2012. Her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Human Parts, the Prairie Wind, the Rumpus, the Tulsa Voice, and the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good. She has performed her personal essays at reading series including Essay Fiesta, Funny Ha-Ha, Is This a Thing?, Seven Minutes in Heaven, and Sunday Salon and is a frequent guest at writing conferences and festivals across the country. She is a 2019–20 fellow with the Tulsa Artists Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.