Misty Urban wrote her first story at age 5 for the benefit of her younger sister. It was, sources say, a rather conventional piece involving cats, mats, and possibly bats (the work is no longer extant). Her next venture, a journalism/reportage effort entitled “The Urban Star,” peaked at a circulation of 3. She wrote her first novel at age 16. It remains unpublished.
Her subsequent career paths have included stints as a bookseller in Madison, WI; an MA student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL; a combined MFA/Ph.D. student at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; and four years as an assistant professor at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. She has most recently come to rest in eastern Iowa, where she reads and writes in the company of one handsome park ranger, two small people who both like to be read to, and a rather heavy collection of books.
2018 David R. Collins Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center
2017 Great River Writer’s Retreat
Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award
Alexander Cappon Award for Fiction
New Letters Award for Fiction
2 Nominations for a Pushcart Prize
First prize, student fiction from The Atlantic Monthly
Fiction prize Writers @ Work