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Lori Ann Stephens

Graduate Instructor Mentor

Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies, UT Dallas

Lori’s two passions are teaching composition and writing fiction. She designs the graduate-level Teaching Practicum for Discernment & Discourse and teaches the critical thinking and writing courses. Her dissertation examines the tradition of the grotesque in Southern Literature, specifically the portrayals in mothers and daughters of the American South. Her short stories have been published in journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train Stories, The Chicago Tribune, and Sudden Stories: A Mammoth Anthology Of Miniscule Fiction. She also writes novels for adults and children.


Courses taught

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

Areas of Research

Children’s Literature, American Literature of the South


Nelson Algren Awards Finalist for “We Could Learn a Lot” (2017);

RWA National Readers’ Choice Awards for Some Act of Vision (2014);

Winner of the English National Opera “Minioperas” competition: Librettist (2012);

Glimmer Train Stories National Fiction Open Award for short story “We Cry for Us” (2004)