Current Writing Fellow 2017-2018 – Megan Pillow Davis
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A note about the winning story from our panel of judges:
Megan’s marvelous, gorgeously-written story “The Big Bang” forces the reader to work to orient themselves as they are dropped in the middle of a mysterious medical situation: who is sick? What is the ailment? Who is the caretaker? Where are these people? These questions are swiftly and masterfully resolved and the resultant conflict is a compelling, beautiful, and unusual but perfectly universal story, about love overcoming perhaps the most difficult challenge of all—the betrayal of one’s own body. The humor is gentle and suits the subject matter. The surprises are real. We congratulate Megan for a well-deserved win, and are looking forward to working with her over the next year to help her stay on creative track as she works to balance a very active home life, a fascinating thesis dissertation, and a tremendously promising creative career!
Megan Pillow Davis is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and is a rising fifth-year doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky’s English Department. Her work has appeared, among other places, in Still: The Journal, Miracle Monacle, Solidago, and The Huffington Post. Megan is currently completing her first novel and is also working on her dissertation, an examination of the American freak show and its literature. Her research interests are writing by authors from marginalized groups, archival theory, intersectionality, disability studies, and queer studies. Megan is also the recipient of a 2016 Parent Writer Fellowship in poetry from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, two sons, and dog.
Still: The Journal (summer 2017): Three Days After
Miracle Monacle (spring 2017): Everything is Breakable
Facebook: Megan Pillow Davis