Mallory Hellman was born in New Orleans and relocated unwillingly to Coral Springs, Florida at the age of seven. She eventually conquered the swamp to study English at Harvard University, where she graduated in 2008 with a B.A. and misdirected aspirations to enter the book-publishing industry.
For two years, Mallory grappled with adulthood as the Subsidiary Rights Assistant at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, then left Brooklyn for a summer fiction course at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Taken with the area’s natural beauty and more-than-reasonable whiskey prices, she stuck around for a year to work on her stories.
In 2011-2012, Mallory wrote and taught with the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington. And after what was easily the toughest decision of her life, she'll be returning to Iowa City in the fall to enroll in The Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she will also serve as Fiction Editor for The Iowa Review.
Mallory has contributed essays to the online journal The Commotion, and her reviews have been featured in the Indiana Review and on the Forbes Booked Blog. Her flash fiction piece "October, Forest River" was a finalist for AROHO's Orlando Prize in 2012, and her short story "The Breaks" won the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for Fiction in 2007.