Join us as we celebrate the release of Laura Krughoff’s new book, Wake in the Night. She will be joined by special guests Renee Simms and Suzanne Warren. In Wake in the Night, six stories span a century of rural American women. Marriages occur in the 1930s for lack of other opportunities; a young girl dances to Thriller for her friend’s older brother; a pastor remembers her childhood spent fantasizing that she is the prophet John the Baptist. In the small towns of the Midwest, girls and women dream of finding voice and forcing the world to listen.
Laura Krughoff’s debut novel, My Brother’s Name, was a finalist for a 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation Award. Her current novel project, based on her Pushcart Prize winning short story, “Halley’s Comet,” follows the personal and political lives of two women as they navigate the decade between Massachusetts legalizing same-sex marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications ranging from literary journals such as The Threepenny Review to the Gay Voices section of The Huffington Post to the podcast of the Chicago-based story-telling performance collective Second Story. She teaches in the English Department and in the Gender and Queer Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound.
Renee Simms is assistant professor of African American studies and contributing faculty to English studies at University of Puget Sound. Her work has been widely published, appearing in Callaloo, Southwest Review, North American Review, Salon, and elsewhere. She received a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
Suzanne Warren is a fiction writer and essayist at work on a manuscript of linked short stories entitled The Country of Husbands. Her story of the same name was originally published in Gulf Coast and won a Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Prize, and Post Road selected her story “The Raspberry King” to appear in its Guest Folio and awarded it third prize in its annual Flash Fiction Contest. Other work appears or is forthcoming in Narrative, The Cincinnati Review, Memorious, The Prague Revue, and Versal, whose editors nominated her story “The Reindeer Daughter” for a Pushcart Prize. Writing awards include residencies at the Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ucross Foundation. She teaches at the University of Puget Sound.