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Lucas Southworth

Associate Professor
Lucas Southworth

Lucas Southworth has published over 40 stories in magazines such as Conjunctions, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Willow Springs, Hayden’s Ferry Review, West Branch, and many others. He has also received fellowships and residencies from The Maryland State Arts Council, The Truman Capote Trust, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Jentel Artist Residency Program, Monson Arts, and Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. His collection of short stories, Everyone Here Has a Gun, won the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s prestigious Grace Paley Prize and was published by University of Massachusetts Press. Off campus, he is teaching himself Italian and how to be a better tennis player.


University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, M.F.A Creative Writing (2009)
Iowa State University-Iowa, M.A. English, Specialization in Creative Writing (2005)
Knox College-Illinois, B.A. English Literature (2001)

Courses Taught

WR 100 Effective Writing
WR 200 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
WR 230 Introduction to Poetry and Fiction
WR 244 Fundamentals of Film Studies
WR 333 Writing Fiction
WR 334 Advanced Fiction: The Short Story
WR 345 Writing for the Screen and TV
WR 385 Special Topics: Community Artistry


Everyone Here Has a Gun (University of Massachusetts Press)

Select Short Stories

"The Crying Rooms," Pushcart Prize XLVI
“We Could Have Been Kids Together,” Conjunctions, State of Play, 77 (Spring 2021)
“We Are All Breakable, Ready to Break,” Conjunctions, 74: Grendel’s Kin (Fall 2020): 76-90. 
“The Crying Rooms,” Copper Nickel, 30 (Spring 2020): 37-45. 
“The Silents,” AGNI, 89 (Spring 2019): 67-94. 
“In Ignorance, In Peace,” Alaska Quarterly Review, 35.1 & 35.2 (Summer & Fall 2018): 197-210. 
“Only God and Family and Life Itself,” Chattahoochee Review, 38.1 (Spring 2018): 39-45. 
“It’s All Science Fiction” Juked, 4 April 2018. 
“This Neighborhood,” Moon City Review (2018): 16-19.

You can find more of Professor Southworth's work at

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)