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Lorraine Lopez

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
Interim Chair 2018-19

Lorraine M. López teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Vanderbilt University.  She is the author of six books of fiction and editor or coeditor of three essay collections.  Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature, and her novel, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters was a Borders/Las Comadres Selection.  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.  An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots (University of Michigan Press, 2009) is her first edited collection.  Subsequent publications include a novel, The Realm of Hungry Spirits and two coedited collections, The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity, with Blas Falconer and Rituals of Movement in the Writings of Judith Ortiz Cofer, with Margaret Crumpton Winter.  Her most recent work is The Darling, a novel released by the University of Arizona Press in 2015.  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 (LATS) Program at Vanderbilt University.  Currently, 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.”