Interim Director of Creative Writing
Lorraine M. López is an associate professor of English teaching in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University. An associate editor for The Afro-Hispanic Review, she is the author of five books of fiction and editor or coeditor of two essay collections. Her short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a Finalist for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Prize. 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 novel, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters was a Borders/Las Comadres Selection for the month of November in 2008. 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 a collection of essays titled An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots, which was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2009. Her recent publications include a novel, The Realm of Hungry Spirits (Grand Central Press, 2011) and a collection of essays, The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity (University of Arizona Press, 2012), coedited with Blas Falconer. Finally, López has coedited, with Margaret Crumpton Winter, a collection of critical essays titled Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer, a book released in 2012 from Caribbean Studies Press.
Current Research Interests
Primarily a fiction writer, Lorraine M. López focuses on composing short stories and longer narratives. Her current works-in-progress include a linked-story collection “The Birnbrau Surprise,” a novella “Postcards from the Gerund State” that explores group dynamics among women artists sharing living and studio space just outside of Sheridan, Wyoming, and “The Darling,” a novel about a Latina woman who falls out of love again and again, with much help from Anton Chekhov, Gustave Flaubert, Theodore Dreiser, D.H. Lawrence, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Hardy, and other deceased white men of letters. Current teaching interests include the novella form, linked-story collections, Latina/o literature with an emphasis on literary fiction, autobiography, and detective fiction. Also, with William Luis, Chancellor’s Professor in Spanish and Portuguese, López is inaugurating a Latina/o Studies Program at Vanderbilt University.