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, TIME.com, and 4Columns. She has shown art in galleries, museums, and community centers. She lives in Long Beach, California, with herself.
"Myriam es una diosa furiosa." - Luis Alberto Urrea
“Gurba’s writing is self-assured and she claims her seat at the table without hesitation.”— Elle Magazine
"Like most truly great books, Mean made me laugh, cry and think. Myriam Gurba’s a scorchingly good writer." — Cheryl Strayd, NYTimes
"Myriam Gurba's voice is a refreshing burst of honesty, poetry, and spectacularly dark humor…. Through casually beautiful and often untraditional prose, Gurba makes sense of the sometimes-painful world around her. She observes the division of race and class in her elementary school, she watches her younger sister slip into teenage anorexia, she gets acquainted with the effects of weed and alcohol. Through her unpredictable style, Gurba offers a welcomed antidote to the formula of the contemporary novel."— W Magazine