“Anna Mantzaris, a writer and editor with a breadth of experience, is well-versed in fiction, nonfiction, food writing, and travel writing. Occupations (Galileo Press, 2024), her debut short story collection, tells the stories of sixteen different women, with titles like “The Fortune Teller” and “The Tollbooth Collector.” Mantzaris finds beauty and strangeness in the world, and Occupations is a reflection of her worldview. The book is dedicated to Anna’s mother and sister. The cover art is a photo of her mother, holding eyeglasses and a cigarette, taken at her very first job in New York. This could be a portrait from Mantzaris’s fiction: a woman with a story, looking at something just out of view.”

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Living in The In Between: A Conversation with Anna Mantzaris