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Photograph of Myriam Gurba's face half-painted like a skeleton for Dia De Los Muertos, partially obscured by flowers

Myriam Gurba

Visiting Writer 2020

About Myriam Gurba

Myriam Gurba is a writer and artist. She is the author of the true-crime memoir Mean, a New York Times editors’ choice. O, the Oprah Magazine, ranked Mean as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time. Publishers’ Weekly describes Gurba as having a voice like no other. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Paris Review,, and 4Columns. She has shown art in galleries, museums, and community centers. She lives in Long Beach, California, with herself.