Maria S. Picone


Maria S. Picone has an MFA from Goddard College. She loves cats, noodles, and oil painting. Her Twitter is @mspicone, and her website is


Work Published with INSIGNIA STORIES:

Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles (Insignia Drabbles Vol.2.)

Insignia 2022: Best Asian Speculative Fiction (Release: Dec 2022).


Other posts on this blog:

INSTINCTS #30: ‘A Costly Mistake’ by Maria S. Picone (November 7th, 2022)

Author Spotlight: Maria S. Picone (Sept 30th, 2020)


  1. Author Name/s: Maria S. Picone
  2. Years active as a writer: all the years! Recently, 2019-2020
  3. What genre/s you write: poetry, fiction, nonfiction
  4. Favorite genre to write: short-form works
  5. Favorite length of story to write: flash—sweet spot 300-500 words.
  6. Your nationality: USA
  7. Country you live in: USA
  8. Number of Asian countries visited: 6
  9. Favorite Asian country (visited): Korea
  10. Favorite place in Asia (visited): Barhouy Waterfall in Cambodia
  11. Place (city or country) you most want to visit in Asia: Jinhae-gu
  12. Favorite Asian cuisine: Korean
  13. Favorite Asian dish: kimchi jjigae
  14. Favorite Asian movie (any genre): Hero by Zhang Yimou
  15. Favorite Asian book (any genre): The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
  16. Day writer or night writer: Night
  17. Drink and snack of choice (while writing): Green tea, rice crackers with nori
  18. Number of short stories/poems submitted each month (av): In 2020 so far, 51 (av)
  19. Most active on (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): Twitter @mspicone
  20. Currently working on: about one flash fiction or CNF for every twenty poems.

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