Paula Whyman’s new book, MAD LAND: REDISCOVERING THE WILD, ONE FIELD AT A TIME, is forthcoming from Timber Press. It’s a combination memoir, natural history, and chronicle of her attempts to restore retired farmland to natural habitat. Her first book, the linked short story collection YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER, won praise from The New Yorker, a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and the Towson Prize for Literature. Whyman was selected for “Best of 2016” lists including Chicago Review of Books and the first-ever Poets & Writers Magazine “5 Over 50” list. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ploughshares, VQR, The Hudson Review, The Washington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is a fellow of MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, and The Studios of Key West, and vice president of the MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee. She was recently awarded a 2022 Creativity Grant by the Maryland State Arts Council to support work on Mad Land. Whyman is co-founder and editor in chief of the online literary journal, Scoundrel Time.

Other Works

Awards and Recognition

  • 2022 Creativity Project Grant, Maryland State Arts Council
  • 2019 Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council
  • 2017 Towson Prize for Literature
  • Fellowship, MacDowell
  • Fellowship, The Corporation of Yaddo
  • Vice President, MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee
  • Artist-in-Residence, The Studios of Key West
  • Tennessee Williams Scholar, Sewanee Writers Conference
  • Individual Artist Award, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County