Our alumni get up to a great many things. This page will give you a taste of that, if you’re curious to know more about their contributions.
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Graduation Year: 2021
Degree(s) earned: M.A.
For her MA thesis, Victoria Hood wrote My Haunted Home, a collection of haunting short stories and winner of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize.
The stories in My Haunted Home delve in startling ways into the lives of the obsessed, the grieving, and the truly haunted. Victoria Hood conjures a shifting range of narrators through an unstable range of worlds where mothers might be dead, girls compulsively shove peanuts inside their ears, agoraphobia traps people inside their houses, and cats won’t eat your soup. In “The Teeth, the Way I Smile,” a daughter who looks like her dead mother manifests grief both in her house and her body. In “Smelly Smelly,” a woman slowly comes to realize her boyfriend has been dead for weeks. In “You, Your Fault,” we explore the unfolding love of two women who love every part of each other—including the parts that fixate on arson and murder.
Each story is a bite-size piece of haunting candy on a necklace of obsession holding them together. Hood probes the worlds of what can be haunted, unpacking the ways in which hauntings can be manifested in physical forms, mentally harvested and lived through, and even a change in what is haunting.
Graduation year: 2021
Degree earned: BA
During her undergraduate career, Nola performed at numerous open mic nights and poetry readings, the 2018 UMaine Poetry Slam being her most notable. She won first place for her performance of three original poems, including this one called, “From The Photon.”
Graduation Year: 2009
Degree(s) Earned: M.A.
Amanda co-directs the Writing Center at Georgia Southern and teaches art journaling classes in her community. Through art journaling practice and use of Instgram, Amanda has found beneficial ways of managing her anxiety and depression, which she talks about in this TEDx talk: