Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino is an American writer.

She grew up in Philadelphia and earned an MFA from Brooklyn College. She was an Emerging Writer Fellow at NYC’s Center for Fiction, as well as the former editor for Catapult and One Story. She also worked as a biographer for people living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Her stories have appeared in the North American Review, American Short Fiction, Inkwell, The Indiana Review, Five Chapters, West Branch, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and Mississippi Review’s Anthology 30, among others.  

In 2012, she published the short story collection Safe as Houses, which won The Iowa Short Fiction Award. It was also longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her first novel, 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, was published in 2014.

Bertino teaches fiction in the MFA programs of NYU, The New School, and Institute for American Indian Arts.


  • Safe as Houses (2012)
  • 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas (2014)
  • Parakeet: a Novel (2020)

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