Artist Bio

Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom

(Bio as of June 2022)

Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom creates Fairy Tales for Sun-Kissed Women, an anthology of short stories and immersive audiobooks. She is an artist, novelist, playwright and teacher, a member of the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit and the inaugural Sullivan Playwright in Residence at the University of Illinois. Mallory is the recipient of the DCASE Esteemed Artist Award and the Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellowship. She was a finalist for the 2019 National Playwrights Conference at The O’Neill Theatre and a semifinalist in 2022. Her plays have been featured by Goodman Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, The New Coordinates, The Story Theatre, The Refracted Theatre Company and The Athena Project. She is an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre. Mallory was hailed as a “craftsman of the English language” by Windy City Reviews for her debut novel Reasons for Being. She has guest lectured at the University of California-Davis and Illinois Humanities. Her artwork has been exhibited at The Freedom and Movement Gallery and The Breathing Room. For more information about this multifaceted artist visit her at or @FairyTalesForSunKissedWomen