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:

Currently, I’m a Jane of several trades including writing, photography, editing, blogging, and freelancing (among other activities). Eventually, I hope to meld these all into one career (thus finally being able to answer the “what do you want to do when you grow up” question), but for now, I’m enjoying the opportunity that learning new skills and trades provides.

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:

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.