Maxime Kawawa-Beaudan (18) is a student at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing.
He takes much of his inspiration today from writers like Raymond Carver, Donna Tartt, Ayn Rand, Frank Conroy, Marina Keegan, and Neil Gaiman. Some of his favorite books include The Goldfinch, The Fountainhead, We Were the Mulvaneys, White Fang, and The Opposite of Loneliness. Some of his favorite short stories include "Bullet in the Brain" (by Tobias Wolff), "Midair" (Frank Conroy), "No One's a Mystery" (Elizabeth Tallent), "In the Gloaming" (Alice Elliott Dark), "Neighbors" (Raymond Carver), "Little Things" (Raymond Carver), "Janus" (Ann Beattie), "The Prospectors" (Karen Russell), "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" (Raymond Carver), and "Maidencane" (Chad Anderson).
He attended Redwood High School, where he wrote for the school newspaper, the Bark. He enjoys swimming, and used to play water polo.