Tracy O'Neill

Instructor & Writer
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Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful (2015) and Quotients (2020). She was a 2015 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and a 2012 Center for Fiction Fellow. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, the New Yorker, LitHub, BOMB, Narrative, Guernica, Bookforum, Vice, VQR, Austin Chronicle, and Catapult. She attended the MFA program at the City College of New York and the PhD program in communications at Columbia University. 


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Cover Photo: An image of a woman sitting on an orange couch with a do in her lap. On the green floor is a large shadow of a face—perhaps it is the woman herself or one of her mothers. A bird of paradise plant is  in the corner, and bookshelf to the upper right side.
The Mother of Reckoning

One of my mothers, I thought, could be dead.

May 19, 2020
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
A Scar Is Not a Story

The sentiment persists that scars construct character. I wish it were that easy.

Feb 03, 2017
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
After the Playground

I wanted someone to play with, but I wanted to create the rules.

Oct 14, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
The Grooming of the Bride

“You’ll feel like a baby,” she said. But I didn’t want to feel like a baby.

Jul 29, 2016