1. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  2. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  3. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  4. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  5. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
Department of English Graduate Programs
Darlin' Neal

Darlin' Neal, Ph.D.

Darlin' Neal is the author of the story collections, Rattlesnakes & The Moon (Press 53, 2010) and Elegant Punk (Press 53, 2012). She is the 2011 Taos Summer Writers Conference DH Lawrence Fellow. Her work has been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol and dozens of other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Best of The Web 2009, and Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume II, Mississippi (Texas Review Press).


  • Ph.D. in Creative Writing/20th Century British and American Literature from University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction from University of Arizona
  • M.A. in English/Creative Writing from New Mexico State University

Research Interests

  • Literary Fiction
  • Literary Nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Poetry and Flash Fiction
  • Native American Literature
  • Writing of the Southwest
  • Southern Writers
  • Eudora Welty

Recent Research Activities


Elegant Punk, a short story collection, (Spring 2012, Press 53)

Rattlesnakes and The Moon, a short story collection, (Spring 2010, Press 53)

Dozens of short stories, nonfiction pieces and poetry in nationally and internationally circulated journals, including THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, PUERTO DEL SOL, SHENANDOAH, MISSISSIPPI REVIEW, and THE BEST OF THE WEB.


  • UCF College of Arts and Humanities Research Grant 2012
  • DH Lawrence Fellow, 2011 Taos Summer Writers Conference
  • Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship United Arts of Central Florida Fellowship recipient, 2010
  • Henfield Foundation Transatlantic Review Award
  • Joan Johnson Award for Fiction, University of Southern Mississippi
  • New Mexico State University's Frank Waters Fiction Fellowship

Updated: Jun 28, 2016

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