Creative Nonfiction, Literary Journalism
Creative Writing; Literary Journalism; Memoir; Essay.
Creative nonfiction and personal narratives (memoir, essay, witness narratives, ethnography, the lyric essay), literary journalism, and cultural criticism writing.
- Other: Creative Writing, (2000), Ohio State University - Columbus OH
Supporting Area: Creative Nonfiction
Dissertation/Thesis Title: Common Hours: Essays and Memoirs
- BA: Communications, (1983), University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Amherst, MA
Maureen Stanton is the author of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting (The Penguin Press, 2012), a work of literary journalism, and Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money” is the 2012 winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction, and a favorite book of 2011 in the Chicago Sun-Times, Kansas City Star, San Jose Mercury News, and St. Louis Post Dispatch. Body Leaping Backward is the 2020 winner of the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction, and was a People Magazine "Best New Books" pick. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, New England Review, Longreads, River Teeth, Crab Orchard Review, Sport Literate, Florida Review, The Sun, as well as several anthologies, such as Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: An Anthology; Lifewriting Annual; Writers and Their Notebooks; Literature: The Human Experience; Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction; The River Teeth Reader; Best of Brevity; and Writing True. She has received the Iowa Review prize, twice received Pushcart prizes, the American Literary Review prize, the Thomas J. Hruska prize from Passages North, a Mary Roberts Rinehart award, and the Penelope Niven award from Salem College Center for Women. Her essays have been listed six times as “Notable” in Houghton Mifflin’s annual Best American Essays series. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, twice been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, and was a MacDowell Colony Fellow.
Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in creative nonfiction, and literary journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.
Selected Awards and Honors
- Maine Literary Award (2020) - Maine Writers and Publisher's Alliance
- Massachusetts Book Award (2012) - Massachusetts Center for the Book
- American Literary Review Nonfiction Prize (2007) - American Literary Review
- Thomas J. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize (2007) - The Thomas J. Hruska Memorial
- Literature Fellowship (2006) - National Endowment for the Arts
- Pushcart Prize, 2007 Pushcart Prize XXXI (2006)
- Goldfarb Family Fellowship (2004) - Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
- Iowa Award in Literary Nonfiction (2004) - Iowa Review
- Salem College Center for Women Writers Penelope Niven Award (2003) - Salem College Center for Women Writers
- Mary Roberts Rinehart Fund Award for Creative Nonfiction (2002) - Mary Roberts Rinehart Fund
- Individual Artist Fellowship (2001) - Maine Arts Commission
- Stanton, M. (2019). Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Stanton, M. (2012). Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider's Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques and Collecting. The Penguin Press
- Stanton, M. (2010). The Hours: In Pursuit of Sleep. River Teeth, 12(1) 25.
- Stanton, M. (2008). Good Guys. River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, 10(1-2) 389.
- Stanton, M. (2008). Let Us Eat Cake. American Literary Review, 19(2) 18.
- Stanton, M. (2008). Miss Somebody. Passages North, 29(1) 11.
- Stanton, M. (2008). Roadshow Rage: Behind the Scenes at PBS's Most Popular Show. Florida Review, 33(2) 113.
- - Reading, Tewksbury Library, May 2013 - Tewksbury, MA
- - Langley-Adams Library, Reading, April 2013 - Groveland, MA
- - Lecture on Memoir, Chelmsford Library, April 2013 - Chelmsford, MA
- - Bailey Public Library, Reading, March 2013 - Winthrop, ME
- - Dracut Public Library, Reading, March 2013 - Dracut, MA
- - Rhode Island College, Reading and Guest Lecture, March 2013 - Providence, RI
- - Voices Reading Series, Reading, January 2013 - St. Mary's College of Maryland
- Undergraduate Creative Writing Class - Killer Stuff and Tons of Money; material culture and creative writing - Guest Lecture, October 2012 - Boston, MA
- - Nashua Public Library, Reading, October 2012 - Nashua, NH
- - Reading Public Library, Reading, October 2012 - Reading, MA
- - Georgetown Historical Society, Reading, July 2012 - Georgetown, ME
- - Main Street Books, Reading, May 2012 - St. Charles MO
- - Panel discussion and reading. Tribute to "Fourth Genre", March 2012 - Chicago, IL
- - St. Louis Musem of Art, Reading, February 2012 - St. Louis, MO
- - Eastern Illinois University Lions in Winter Series, Reading, January 2012 - Charleston,IL
- - Philbrook Museum of Art, Reading, January 2012 - Tulsa, OK
- - Fortnightly Club, Reading, October 2011 - Columbia, MO
- - Left Bank Books, Reading, September 2011 - St. Louis, MO
- - Longfellow Books, Reading, June 2011 - Portland, ME
- "River Teeth" Tenth Anniversary Reading - Nonfiction Now Conferenceing, November 2010 - Iowa City, IA
- - Voices Reading Series, St. Mary's College, May 2009 - St. Mary's City, MD
- M.F.A. Workshop in Literary Journalism M.F.A. Workshop in Creative Nonfiction - Guest Lecture, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
- - Maine Arts Commission, October 2004 - Bangor, ME
- - Voices Reading Series, September 2004 - St. Mary's City, Maryland
- - Guest Lecture, February 2004 - St. Mary's City, Maryland
- - Voices Reading Series, February 2004 - St. Mary's City, Maryland
- - Awards Ceremony, September 2003 - Winston-Salem, NC
- - Epilog Reading Series, May 2000 - Columbus, OH
- - Barnes & Noble, April 2000 - Northville, MI
- - Creative Reading Series, April 1999 - Colombus, OH
- - Mother Tongue, 1998 - Columbus, OH
- - Stonecoast Writerês Conference, July 1997 - Freeport, Maine
Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research
- Center for Arts and Humanities Grant (2009), Grant - University of Missouri
- Dean's Assistant Professor Travel Fund (2009), Grant - University of Missouri
- Individual Artist Fellowship (2004), Fellowship - Maine Arts Commission
- Goldfarb Family Fellowship (2004), Fellowship - Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
- Vogelstein Foundation Grant (2002), Grant - Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation
- Grant for Individual Artists (2002), Grant - Change, Inc.
- Money for Women grant (2001), Grant - Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
- Individual Artist Fellowship (2001), Fellowship - Maine Arts Commission
- Grants for Writers in Residence (2001), Grant - MacDowell Colony
- Summer Research Fellowship (2010), Fellowship - University of Missouri Research Council
- Research Board Grant (2008), Grant - University of Missouri
- Literature Fellowship (2006), Fellowship - National Endowment for the Arts
- Summer Research Fellowship and Travel Fund (2006), Grant - University of Missouri Research Council