I work at Portland Community College in Oregon, teaching literature, creative writing, and composition. I have an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of California at Irvine. This blog is for the purpose of tracking my newer publications, under the name Mia Caruso. I formerly went by the name Maria Caruso, and under that name I published stories in The Mississippi Review, The Sonora Review, The California Quarterly, The Santa Monica Review, The Painted Hills Review, Kalliope, New Millennium Writings, The Florida Review, and others. I was also awarded An Oregon Literary Arts Grant and an Ian St. James Award for Short Fiction.