Currently an adjunct professor of creative nonfiction writing at the Rio Grande Campus of Austin Community College, Dunya Bean brings a list of teaching credentials from graduate school at The University of Texas at El Paso, where she received the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, to positions at The University of Texas at San Antonio, among other institutions. An undergraduate degree in history combined with the MFA resulted in her novel, part of her thesis, The Traveling Hand of St. Istvan, which garnered a second place from the Robie Macauley Prize awarded at Castle Weil, the Netherlands. This novel got to the first tier of a recent Amazon First Novel contest, and is a look at two sisters who are parted as a result of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956; one sister remains in Hungary, the other emigrates to Houston, Texas. Two cultures, with the thread that connects them blood and oil, are at the heart of this story.
Short stories have been placed in anthologies, magazines, and literary journals, and Bean’s short video, “Looking for the Light, Listening for the Sound,” showed at SXSW in March, 2010.