Maria Adelmann grew up in the small town of Wantage, New Jersey. In second grade, she wrote a report about what she wanted to be when she grew up — a veterinarian — but in subsequent years failed to keep any pets alive for a respectable amount of time, probably because she was too busy reading books. She decided instead to become a writer.
Since these auspicious beginnings, Maria's stories and essays have been published by (or are forthcoming in) Tin House,Epoch, The Threepenny Review, the Indiana Review, n+1, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. Tens of thousands of her notecard designs (paintings of books, of course) have been sold in Anthropologie stores and independent bookstores across the country (you can get your own prints here). She also taught as a faculty member on Semester at Sea while visiting Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
Maria has an undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Cornell University and a graduate degree in fiction writing from The University of Virginia. Some of Maria’s greatest talents include convincing her family to make music videos on holiday weekends, turning inside jokes into craft projects, and arguing on behalf of the oxford comma.
She is a freelance writer and editor and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.