About Me:

20160701_184004I received my MFA from Emerson College and am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri where I’m in the process of finishing two dissertations–a novel and an essay collection.

I write both fiction and nonfiction, although essays at the moment, including: an essay about visiting the Whitney and Oak Alley Plantations in Louisiana that’s forthcoming in Carve Magazine, a footnotes essay about racism and race relations in Missouri that’s forthcoming in Passages North (and was 1st runner up in Sonora Review’s contest), an essay about water and baptism that’s forthcoming in Bennington Review, an essay about the difficulties of doing African-American genealogy research published in Fugue, an essay about the history of ingrained racial stereotypes pertaining to African-American women which won the Disquiet Literary Prize and was published in Ninth Letter, and an essay about my brown recluse spider infestation that was published in Grist and noted in Best American Essays, among others.

My fiction has been published in Black Warrior Review, Fourteen Hills, New Orleans Review (which won the Walker Percy Prize in Fiction), Nimrod, New SouthNorth American Review, Booth, and several other journals. You can find links to selected ones under my “publications” if you’re curious.

I’m a fiction and nonfiction reader for Gigantic Sequins. Send them something.

I also teach a nonfiction course with the Creative Nonfiction Foundation.

In the past I was both Audio Editor and the Anthology Editor for The Missouri Review. As Anthology Editor, I worked on creating content for TextBox, an online website that includes materials for those interested in teaching using The Missouri Review archives. If you teach, it’s worth checking out.

If you read the TMR blog, you may remember a few of my posts for The Missouri Review:

“A Little Ode to the Little Magazines and Their Very Big Work”
“A Handy Dandy Guide to Applying to PhD Programs”
“Font and You: The Style-Memoir”
“Writing Against Expectations: An Open Letter”
“Advice for the (Writing) Road”

I also did two podcasts interviews with Scott Garson of Wigleaf and Colson Whitehead for TMR’s Soundbooth.

I think the most popular thing I’ve ever done though is this Goodreads review of James Franco’s Palo Alto.

I’m also on Twitter.

If you need to contact me you can send a note to: LaTanya.McQueen [@] gmail [dot] com.