Paula Huston

Paula Huston has published two novels—Daughters of Song (Random House) and A Land Without Sin (Slant)—and eight works of spiritual non-fiction, including The Holy Way (Loyola), By Way of Grace (Loyola), Forgiveness (Paraclete), Simplifying the Soul (Ave Maria), A Season of Mystery (Loyola), and One Ordinary Sunday (Ave Maria)She was also co-editor and contributing essayist for the collection Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments (Dutton). Her latest title is The Hermits of Big Sur (Liturgical Press), a history of the New Camaldoli Hermitage.

Her short stories, essays and articles have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Story, American Short Fiction, North American Review, Redbook, America, Image, and The Christian Century. A National Endowment of the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing, her work has been honored by Best American Short Stories, the Catholic Press Association, the Association of Catholic Publishers, ForeWord Magazine, and Best Spiritual Writing.  Huston taught literature, fiction-writing, and creative non-fiction at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and in the California State University Consortium MFA for many years; most recently, she served on the faculty of Seattle Pacific University’s SPU’s low-residency MFA program.

She and her husband Mike live on four acres on the central coast of California where they grow olives, keep bees, and happily wrangle a collection of animals and lively grandkids. Paula has been a Camaldolese Benedictine oblate (lay member of a contemplative monastic community) for over twenty years.

Visit Paula Huston’s website here.