Other Work



The author wishes to thank the editors who continue to take a chance on her work.

“Edna in Rain,” (short story), first published in Gulf Coast, Editor, Julia Brown, performed by Colby Minifie at Symphony Space for Selected Shorts.

“The Girls Who Love River Phoenix,” (creative non-fiction essay), Catapult, September 2016. Editor, Yuka Igarashi

“Exit Zero,” (short story), The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016.  Editor, Laura Furman

–originally published in Epoch literary magazine, May/ June 2015

“Marie-Helene Bertino Buys a Bookshelf,” (short short), Tin House and The Guardian Flash Friday, April 2016

“Horses” and “Intergallactic,” (two short shorts), Washington Square Review, Spring 2016

“Marry The Sea,” (short story), TIME OUT NEW YORK, fiction issue, October 9, 2014, Editor, Tiffany Gibert

2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS, (novel excerpt), extract, Harper’s Bazaar UK

2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS, (novel excerpt), “To Life!,” Salon 

2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS, (novel excerpt), “Quarter Past Midnight,” Granta Magazine, Editor, Yuka Igarashi

2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS (novel excerpt), “The Dinner Party,”  Guernica, July 2014, Editor, Meakin Armstrong

December 27th, 2013, Two-sentence holiday fiction: Amazing stories from amazing writers, Salon.com, Editor, David Daley

“In The Unlikely Event of a Water Landing,” (short story)first publshed in Gigantic Talk Issue, October 2013, Editors, James Yeh & Lincoln Michel

second publishing, Gigantic Five, Stories from The First Five Years.

“Free Ham,” (short story) — first published in North American Review, runner-up for Kurt Vonnegut award, May-August 2007, Volume 292, Numbers 3-4, republished in September-October 2008, Volume 293, Number 5.

frame_Indianna“Sometimes You Break Their Hearts, Sometimes They Break Yours,” (short story)— first published in Indiana Review, Volume 31, Number 2, Winter 2009.  Editor, Nina Mamikunian, republished online January 15th, 2016.

“The Idea of Marcel,” (short story)— first published in the Winter 2012 issue of The Common. Editor, Jennifer Acker

“North Of,” (short story)— first published in The Mississippi Review’s Prize Issue, Volume 35, Numbers 1&2, Spring 2007. Editors, Frederick Barthelme & Travis Kurowski

– second publishing in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIIII, Best of the Small Presses 2009.  Editor, Bill Henderson

– third publishing by Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, selected by Jim Shepard.  Read the whole story here. Editors, Halimah Marcus & Ben Samuel

– fourth publishing in Mississippi Review: 30, an anthology of 30 years of Frederick Barthelme and Rie Fortenberry editing Mississippi Review.

– fifth publishing in Gunzo, a Japanese literary magazine, translation by Sachiko Kishimoto

“This is Your Will To Live,” (short story)— first published in Inkwell Journal, Number 23, Spring 2008, Manhattanville College, NY

“Great, Wondrous,” (short story)— first published in Five Chapters, Editor, David Daley.  Read the whole story here.

“Safe as Houses,” (short story)— first published in West Branch, Number 69, Fall/Winter 2011.  Editor, Paula Closson Buck

–second publishing, Esquire Russia, translated by Vladimir Babkova

“Carry Me Home, Sisters of Saint Joseph,” (short story)— first published in American Short Fiction, Spring 2010.  Editors, Jill Meyers & Callie Collins


September 2nd, 2016, Catapult, “The Literary Pet of The Month, Mr. Fox.”

January 14th, 2016, Electric Literature, “Authors Remember David Bowie.”

January 13th, 2016, Catapult Magazine, “Hunger,” first in a series of short shorts curated by Marie-Helene Bertino

January 5th, 2016, ReaditForward, “Teaching Like a Writer.”

October 29th, 2015, Lit Hub, “The Craft of Writing/ The Game of Andre Agassi.”

October 28th, 2015, The Hairpin, “My Favorite Heroines.”

Summer, 2015, “Parakeet,” creative non-fiction personal essay, Wildsam Field Guide to Brooklyn.

February 4th, 2015, The Millions, “The End of The End: Writers on Last Lines.”

December 10th, 2014, Barnes and Noble, “Words of the Year: The Best Things They Read in 2014.”

November 6th, 2014, The Millions, “Name Your Darlings: Writers on the Titling Process”

August 15th, 2014: The Huffington Post, “Dancing About Architecture.”

August 13th, 2014: The Wall Street Journal, “Marie-Helene Bertino on Getting Stuck In An Irish Fairy Cave.”

August 6th, 2014: LargeHearted Boy blog, “Book Notes Playlist on The Cat’s Pajamas.”

August 5th, 2014: Tin House blog, “Failure as Muse”

February 1, 2014: Centerforfiction.org, “Writing Dos and Don’ts (Advice for Writers)

November 25th, 2013: The Quivering Pen blog, “My First Time,” Marie-Helene Bertino writes about her first novel “The Dream Crystal,” about a fairy world named after a mall.

April 3, 2013: The Common“Hyphen-nation.”

December 21st, 2012: The Rumpus“I Like My Oatmeal Lumpy, Or How I Came to Rap The Humpty Dance in Front of New York’s Literary Elite.”

November 13th, 2012: Largehearted Boy blog, Book Notes Playlist for Safe as Houses



The fashion blogs:

April 10, 2012: “Literary Debutante Ball Fashion Advice III- Dress Harder.”

April 26th, 2011: “More Literary Debutante Ball Fashion Advice from Marie-Helene.”

May 17th, 2010: “Literary Debutante Ball Fashion Advice from One Story’s Associate (Fashion) Editor.”

The final blog:

October 10th, 2011: “My Final Two Cents.  No Refunds.”  My final post as Associate Editor for One Story.

The other blogs:

February 11th, 2011: “Issue #145: Summer, Boys.” Intro to Ethan Rutherford’s story

July 31st, 2010: “One Story Summer Workshop, Dispelling Myths, Making Magic.” Wrap up of One Story‘s Summer Workshop

June 10th, 2010: “Issue #136, Number Stations.”  Intro to Smith Henderson’s story

December 1st, 2009: “Issue #129, The Tornado Bandit.” Intro to Anne Corbitt’s story.

October 27th, 2009: “Boston Book Festival 2009 in Pictures.” A wrap up of a rainy weekend in Boston.

May 12th, 2009: “Introducing New Writers Series.” Traveling to Lawrence, Kansas to introduce Cote Smith.

April 9th, 2009: “Hurt People by Cote Smith.” Intro to Cote Smith story.

March 12th, 2009: “Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac. Your Writing Made Me Quit My Job.” 

February 20th, 2009: “AWP Chicago Accomplished.” A write up of the annual conference.

November 12th, 2009: “Interview With Kelly Link.” 

August 30th, 2008: “Stephen King returns like a Prodigal Son to The Short Story.” 

April 16th, 2008: “Civil Disobedience is not just a River in Egypt.” 

February 5th, 2008: “AWP: Mission Accomplished.” A write up of the annual conference.

July 21st, 2007: “Happy Birthday, Hemingway. Love, Cats Everywhere.” 

June 29th, 2007: “What A Line Can Do.”