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Ph.D. University of Georgia

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Lorraine Lopez

Associate Professor

Lorraine M. López is an associate professor of English teaching in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University.  She is the author of six books of fiction and editor or coeditor of two essay collections.  Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories (Curbstone, 2002) won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2007, and her novels, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters (Grand Central Press, 2007) and The Realm of Hungry Spirits (Grand Central Press, 2011) were a Borders/Las Comadres Selections.  López’s short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010 and winner of the Texas League of Writers Award for Outstanding Book of Fiction.  She has also edited or coedited three collections of essays titled An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots (University of Michigan Press, 2009), The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2011), and Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer (Caribbean Studies Press, 2012).  An associate editor for The Afro-Hispanic Review, López is the co-founder, with Professor William Luis, and associate director of the Latino and Latina Studies Program at Vanderbilt University.  She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is at work on a linked-story collection titled “Postcards from the Gerund State and Other Stories” and a novel, “What We Have Here.”