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Maya Perez

Department of Radio-Television-Film


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Maya Perez is a writer and producer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, The Masters Review, Misadventures Magazine, and more. She is co-editor of the books On Story – The Golden Ages of Television (2018), On Story - Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films (2016), and On Story - Screenwriters and Their Craft (2013), all from University of Texas Press. She is also an executive producer on the television series On Story, premiering its ninth season on PBS in spring 2019. On Story won a Lone Star EMMY Award® for Best Interview/Discussion Program Series in 2018 and for Best Arts/Entertainment Program in 2014, and was nominated for a Lone Star EMMY Award® in 2016.

Maya has been the recipient of fellowships from SFFILM/Westridge, the Sundance Institute, New York Stage & Film, and was named one of MovieMaker Magazine and Austin Film Festival’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” for 2016. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow.

Maya grew up in Kenya, Zambia, and the United States and now lives in Austin, Texas, where she teaches at Michener Center for Writers and The University of Texas at Austin. A passionate member of the arts and education community, she serves on boards and committees for several organizations, including Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Texas Book Festival, and Vassar College.