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Lori Ann Stephens


Ph.D. in Humanities, Aesthetic Studies

Lori Ann StephensLori Ann Stephens’s two passions are teaching composition and writing fiction. Her dissertation examines the tradition of the grotesque in Southern Literature, particularly portrayed in mothers and daughters of the American South. Lori Ann’s creative writing has been published in various journals and anthologies, including GLIMMER TRAIN STORIES, ARIES, and SUDDEN STORIES: A MAMMOTH ANTHOLOGY OF MINISCULE FICTION (edited by Dinty W. Moore). For the past five years (2010-14), Professor Stephens's been an invited fiction workshop presenter at Highland Park Literary Festival and has also served as a judge for their literary contest. In, October of 2013,  she also taught a fiction-writing workshop for the North Texas chapter of SCBWI (Society of Book Writers and Illustrators). She writes both literary and Young Adult fiction. Lori Ann’s literary agent is Jill Corcoran of the Herman Agency. Professors Stephens's is currently on leave for Fall 2014 to work on several projects while in Paris.


Courses taught

Discernment and Discourse (Undergraduate), Teaching Practicum (Graduate)

Areas of Research

Young Adult Literature, Southern Literature

Publications and Performances (selected)


 Opera libretti:

"Évariste"-- Commissioned libretto for Icelandic composer Helgi Ingvarsson; to be performed in London's Courtauld Gallery in January 2015.

"Mobile Home"--Commissioned opera, in process.

"Rubie's Aria"--Commissioned by Minneapolis composer Charlie McCarron, performed in Minneapolis' "Opera on Tap" series September 2013. Performed by the Meadows Opera singers in April 2014.

"The Lingerer"--Winner of the international "miniopera" competition, hosted by the English National Opera, judged by Neil Gaiman (2012). To be performed at SMU by the Meadows Opera singers in Fall 2014. 


Winner of the English National Opera “Mini Opera” competition: Librettist (2012); GLIMMER TRAIN STORIES National Fiction Open Award for short story “We Cry for Us” (2004)