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M.F.A. Brown '94
B.A. Duke '92
Lucy Corin is a fiction writer. She is the author of two short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney's Books, 2013); The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books, 2007), and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2 in 2004). Her second novel, The Swank Hotel, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2021. Her work has appeared in journals including American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, Conjunctions, and Tin House Magazine, and in anthologies such as New Amercian Stories (Vintage Contemporaries). She was an American Academy of Arts and Letters John Guare Writers Fund Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2012-13 and won a 2016 Fellowship in Literature from the NEA.
One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
McSweeney's Books, 2013
Lucy Corin’s dazzling new collection is powered by one hundred apocalypses: a series of short stories, many only a few lines, that illuminate moments of vexation and crisis, revelations and revolutions. An apocalypse might come in the form of the end of a relationship or the end of the world, but what it exposes is the tricky landscape of our longing for a clean slate.
Three longer stories are equally visionary: in “Eyes of Dogs,” a soldier returns from war and encounters a witch who may in fact be his mother; “Madmen” describes an America where children who reach adolescence choose the madman who will accompany them into adulthood; in “Godzilla versus the Smog Monster,” a teenager is flustered by his older, wilder neighbor while California burns on the other side of the continent.
Education & Interests:
MFA (Brown); Creative writing (novel and short story); contemporary fiction