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    Abigail Carney is a writer from rural Ohio, a place that shows up in her stories. Abigail received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Arts Fellow.


    Her plays include SUNDAY MORNING (The Road Theatre & the Yale Playwright’s Festival), THE GLOAMING (The Young Playwrights Festival at the Lucille Lortel Theatre), TAXIDERMY (The LIC One-Act Play Festival), and BELLADONNA (New School for Drama). DUST CAN’T KILL ME, a folk musical co-written with Elliah Heifetz, was produced at the New York Musical Festival, where it won five Awards for Excellence. The show was a Time Out New York Critics' Pick and also appeared at NYC Fringe and Le Poisson Rouge.


    Abigail has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa and playwriting at New Haven Co-Op Arts High School. As a spoken word poet, she competed and performed at Rustbelt, the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, and Brave New Voices.



    In a luxe high-rise, a drunken night between Jenny and the building's doorman, Will, leads to a morning of regret, confusion, and guilt.


    Developed with Yale's O'Neill Playwriting fellowship. Staged readings at the O'Neill Festival of New Work and the Yale Playwrights Festival. Produced at the Road Theatre (LA) in the Off-Road series.


    A dust bowl folk musical. A demagogue leads a ragtag crew into the desert in search of paradise.


    Produced at Yale University, the New York International Fringe Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, and the New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Winner of five NYMF awards for excellence. Time Out New York Critics' Pick. More here 


    A homesteader family copes with the loss of a son during a brutal, isolated winter.


    Winner of the Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Award. Staged reading at the Lucille Lortel Theatre as part of the Young Playwrights Festival.


    A girl tries to eat sustainably on a first date - she's a cannibal.


    Produced at the Secret Theatre as a selection in The LIC Act One: One Act festival. Winner of Audience Favorite award.



    Winner of the Elmore A. Willets Prize, the Jonathan Edwards Arts Prize, and the Yale Daily News Magazine's Wallace Prize for fiction writing. Read the story here.


    Winner of the Elmore A. Willets Prize. Read the story in the Yale Literary Magazine.

    Pai Contra

    Read the story in the Yale Daily News Magazine.


    When God Becomes A Woman

    Published alongside the work of Janet Mock, Jill Soloway, and other women and men who envisioned their own feminist utopias in The Feminist Utopia Project. Buy the book.


    A poem about Abigail's hometown. Performed for an issue of These Fifty States. Watch.

    American Girl Dolls

    Written and performed with members of Cleveland's 2011 Brave New Voices team at Brave New Voices. Watch.



    Manager: Max Goldfarb at Redefine Entertainment



    Agency: Creative Artists Agency

    (424) 288-2000

    TV: Austin Denesuk

    Theatre: Kevin Lin

    Fiction: Mollie Glick