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English adjunct published in ‘New Stories from the South’

Aug 11, 2010
by Staff

English adjunct professor Laura Lee Smith recently had one of her stories “This Trembling Earth” selected for publication in the prestigious anthology “New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010.” Smith’s story will also appear in the journal “Natural Bridge.” The story takes place in a small town near the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Coping with the arrival of a newborn, colicky grandson and two older, dependent children, a family is immediately thrown into conflict and turmoil. The mother, who narrates the story, is faced with making an unsettling decision between helping her criminal son or doing what she knows is right.

“New Stories from the South” is an annual compilation of unique short stories, written by southern writers or about the South and published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

“It’s an enormous honor to be included in this anthology, alongside authors I’ve read and admired for so long,” Smith said.

“The majority [of the stories for the anthology] come from our most well-known authors, fiction writers who have already published multiple books,” said Assistant Professor of English Liz Robbins. “For Laura to be recognized at this point in her career means she has nowhere to go but up. We … are so fortunate to have her working with us.”

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