10 Millennial Authors to Follow

Are you sick of reading books by old people yet? If so, check out some of these millennial writers instead! They might not have tons of books out yet – but what they do have is pretty super.

1. Téa Obreht.

Born in 1985, Téa Obreht was a 2011 National Book Award finalist for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, about the relationship between the narrator and her doctor grandfather. She’s also been named one of the best American fiction writers under 40 by The New Yorker.

2. Eleanor Catton.

Winning the Man Booker prize is an impressive feat for any author. Eleanor Catton takes the cake though: she won it with her second novel, The Luminaries, in 2013 AND she did it at just 28 years old, making her the youngest winner ever! Her debut, The Rehearsal, was also widely loved regarded, winning Stonewall’s Writer of the Year Award in 2011.

3. Phil Klay.

Born in 1983, Phil Kray is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp who writes about his war experiences – both fictional and real. His short story collection Redeployment, about the Iraq war, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Read his nonfiction works here.

4. Laura van den Berg.

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, took the literary world by storm when it was published in February of this year. But nobody was surprised – after all, van den Berg’s short stories have long been loved. Check out the writer’s first collection, What The World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us.

5. Ocean Vuong.

Ocean Vuong’s poetry has been published in such hallowed literary halls like The New Yorker and Harvard Review. Look out for the 27-year-old’s first full-length collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, due out in 2016.

6. Leslie Jamison.

Leslie Jamison is a pretty prolific writer – she’s a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and has written a novel, The Gin Closet. But she’s best-known for her popular essay collection.  The Empathy Exams draws on Jamison’s personal experiences to examine pain how we care about ourselves and each other.

7. Karen Russell.

34-year-old Karen Russell’s debut novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Other accolades include winning a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant in 2013. Check out her novels and her short story collections – St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves is the most popular.

8. Amelia Gray.

Born in 1982, Amelia Gray has captured reader’s imaginations with her love of the absurd. She has one novel and three short story collections to her name, as well as several fiction and essays that have appeared in places like The Wall Street Journal, which you can read here.

9. Anthony Marra.

Anthony Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, enchanted book critics everywhere, winning him the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Marra has also written several short stories, including the ones in his 2015 collection The Tsar of Love and Techno.

10. Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting’s definitely breaks a lot of rules. Her novel Tampa was banned in many stores for being too explicit, and her short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. So if you want unconventional and controversial, check out anything by Nutting.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Are you sick of reading books by old people yet? If so, check out some of these millennial writers instead! They might not have tons of books out yet – but what they do have is pretty super.

1. Téa Obreht.

Born in 1985, Téa Obreht was a 2011 National Book Award finalist for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, about the relationship between the narrator and her doctor grandfather. She’s also been named one of the best American fiction writers under 40 by The New Yorker.

2. Eleanor Catton.

Winning the Man Booker prize is an impressive feat for any author. Eleanor Catton takes the cake though: she won it with her second novel, The Luminaries, in 2013 AND she did it at just 28 years old, making her the youngest winner ever! Her debut, The Rehearsal, was also widely loved regarded, winning Stonewall’s Writer of the Year Award in 2011.

3. Phil Klay.

Born in 1983, Phil Kray is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp who writes about his war experiences – both fictional and real. His short story collection Redeployment, about the Iraq war, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Read his nonfiction works here.

4. Laura van den Berg.

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, took the literary world by storm when it was published in February of this year. But nobody was surprised – after all, van den Berg’s short stories have long been loved. Check out the writer’s first collection, What The World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us.

5. Ocean Vuong.

Ocean Vuong’s poetry has been published in such hallowed literary halls like The New Yorker and Harvard Review. Look out for the 27-year-old’s first full-length collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, due out in 2016.

6. Leslie Jamison.

Leslie Jamison is a pretty prolific writer – she’s a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and has written a novel, The Gin Closet. But she’s best-known for her popular essay collection.  The Empathy Exams draws on Jamison’s personal experiences to examine pain how we care about ourselves and each other.

7. Karen Russell.

34-year-old Karen Russell’s debut novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Other accolades include winning a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant in 2013. Check out her novels and her short story collections – St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves is the most popular.

8. Amelia Gray.

Born in 1982, Amelia Gray has captured reader’s imaginations with her love of the absurd. She has one novel and three short story collections to her name, as well as several fiction and essays that have appeared in places like The Wall Street Journal, which you can read here.

9. Anthony Marra.

Anthony Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, enchanted book critics everywhere, winning him the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Marra has also written several short stories, including the ones in his 2015 collection The Tsar of Love and Techno.

10. Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting’s definitely breaks a lot of rules. Her novel Tampa was banned in many stores for being too explicit, and her short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. So if you want unconventional and controversial, check out anything by Nutting.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

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