Mia Alvar lives in New York City and has received fellowships, grants, and residencies from Yaddo, the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts and the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Her writing has appeared in the Cincinnati Review, Euphony, Hanging Loose and Small Spiral Notebook and was cited for distinction in The Best American Short Stories. Born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain and the United States, she is a graduate of Harvard College and the MFA program at Columbia University. 
Jan 06 2012
The Miracle Worker
When Mrs. Mansour first came to the house, I thought she was alone. Naturally I could see only her face; the rest of her had been draped in the traditional black. But there was something modern about her right away, even ignoring the fact that she had arrived without a husband. She wore sunglasses—Chanel, I learned, as she approached—and deep red lipstick.