MFA alumnus Erin Slaughter posts collection of short stories
WKU MFA alumnus Erin Slaughter recently announced that her first collection of stories A manual to love us will be published by Harper Perennial in the summer of 2022. The book has been billed as “reminiscent of Alissa Nutting and Samantha Hunt, about the animal nature of women’s grief, which does honor to the servant and honors the wild and fantastic ways in which women kiss their nature to claim control. . Slaughter has also published two books of poetry –The sorrow festival (CLASH Books, 2022) and I’ll tell this story in the sun until you remember you are the sun (New Rivers Press, 2019) – and two poetry chapbooks –GIRLFIRE (press dancer, 2018) and Elegie for the body (Slash Pine Press, 2017).
Slaughter discussed the role WKU played in developing her writing career. She said: “My time in the MFA program at WKU was truly meaningful and set the tone for who I have become as a writer, literary citizen, publisher, friend and person. Several news in my next collection, A manual to love us, were written at Bowling Green, prepared at Cherry Hall, and shaped by encouragement from Dr David Bell and former Professor Dr Rebbecca Brown. The openness of the MFA program to cross-genre work has been fundamental to my freedom to explore different interpretations of what “fiction” can be; The faculty and my cohorts have been fundamental in inspiring me to think deeply about how to translate human complexity into art.
“WKU has provided me with a supportive writing community that has helped me push my art further and made me feel truly valued as I have overcome the many setbacks that a writing career entails. inevitably. The oldest story in this collection was the example of an app that won me a spot at the WKU, and the most recent was written during the pandemic for a virtual workshop with some of my former MFA cohorts: from start to finish, this book was influenced by my experiences in the program. Most important is the community of writers, friends and writers that I have built there, who continue to support me in so many ways today.
Dr David Bell shared his thoughts on his success. He said, “Erin has always been a talented writer. She walked through Cherry Hall’s door, a talented writer. And she excelled – and continued to excel – in three genres. Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction. Erin worked hard and She submitted her work time and time again. She approached writing professionally from the start, and her success, while unique and rare, comes as no surprise. “
Congratulations to Erin! Discover his writings on his website here.