Long Story Short
Alana King is an MFA Candidate in her final year at the University of Memphis. During her time there, she has been working towards earning a graduate certificate in African American Literature and studying History as a Fiction student on the Cross-Disciplinary Track. She also serves in various roles at Caged Birds Writing Competition, Daily Helmsman, Hermana Resist Press, One Throne Mag, The Pinch, Vagabond City Literary Journal, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Your Impossible Voice, is an Assistant Editor and on the Acquisitions Board at Vine Leaves Press, and is a Blog and Magazine Editor for HerCulture.org.
Short Story Long
Who I Currently Am:
What I’m Currently Doing:
I’m a third year M.F.A. Candidate at the University of Memphis studying Fiction with a cross-disciplinary option in History and am also working on a graduate certificate in African-American Literature. From here, I hope to continue on to a Ph.D program and earn a Ph.D in Creative Writing.
In addition to school, I am also a Graduate Assistant for the University Libraries, in-class tutor at a local high school, and work in these capacities at the following literary journals, sites, or presses:
- Assistant Editor and member of the Acquisitions Board for Vine Leaves Press
- Associate Editor for Your Impossible Voice
- Blog and Magazine Editor for HerCulture.org
- Creative Editor for Hermana Resist Press
- Co-Director of Social Media for Vagabond City Literary Journal
- First Reader for One Throne Magazine
- Lead CNF editor for The Pinch
- Online/Social Media Editor for Caged Birds Writing Competition
- Prose Editor for Vine Leaves Literary Journal
What I Want To Do (Eventually):
Once everything is said and done, I want to teach, write, and edit. I haven’t narrowed down the where or the when yet, but I figure time will iron out all of the particulars. I do know that I want to help others and I hope to find a way to do that no matter what career path I end up taking.
I also want to travel and see as much of the world as I can. Slowly, but surely, I hope to do this with a camera in my hand and some of my closest friends and family by my side.
Right now, I say that I’m enjoying the journey on the way to my destination because instead of stressing out about the future, I want to do my best to learn and enjoy every moment of my present. I know the future may not come, but whether it does or does not, I want to enjoy the time I do have and leave with no regrets, whenever that time comes.