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 work has been published by Tin House, The Indiana Review, Epoch, The Threepenny Review, MQR, n+1, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. Her book AFTERMATH and her story collection GIRLS OF A CERTAIN AGE are forthcoming from Little, Brown.
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. Maria has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MFA from The University of Virginia and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.