Louise Blum

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Corning, NY 14830

Author's Bio

I am a novelist, short story writer, essayist & kayaker currently working on a YA novel called about the ruinous effects of fracking on a small town in rural PA. I recently left a job teaching LGBT lit, protest lit, graphic novel, disaster lit, YA dystopian lit, & fiction writing to first generation college students at a small & severely resource-deprived state university in the not-very-education-friendly region of north central PA and now write full-time. I live in Corning, NY and have given readings & taught workshops across the country. My work has been nominated for a Pushcart & I’ve received residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, & at Norcroft.

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Steven Chudney

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Greetings From Janeland: Women Write More About Leaving Men for Women (Cleis Press, 2017)
FRACTURES (Ice Cube Press, LLC, 2016)
You're Not From Around Here, Are You? A Lesbian in Small-Town America (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001)
Sun Magazine
Utne Reader


Pillow Talk (Alyson Publications, 1998)
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Crossing Press, 1994)
Love's Shadow: Writings by Women (Crossing Press, 1993)
Lovers: Stories by Women (Crossing Press, 1992)
Amnesty (Alyson Publications, 1995)
13th Moon
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Common Lives/Lesbian Lives
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Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly
Journal of Lesbian Studies
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The Chronicle of Higher Education
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My memoir, YOU’RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE, ARE YOU?, was named an Honor Book by the LGBT Round Table of the ALA, and my first novel, AMNESTY, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Best Lesbian Fiction. My story "Killing My Father's Cat" (Cream City Review) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and selected for inclusion in Best American Essays.

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Painesville, OH
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Chardon, OH
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Last update: Mar 02, 2020