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Liz Blood

Liz Blood

Liz Blood,
Faculty Mentor
Red Earth MFA

Biography

In any writing—mine or another’s—I search for the deep, true, open, and broad. I believe the micro and quotidian connect us to the macro and universal. I look for how stories concatenate deep themes of life and how they dare us to be open. Students of mine will gain this kind of insight into their work. I will ask them to consider big questions—and how they are linked to the small and personal. I believe questions are important—both asking and living them, so students of mine can expect to receive many questions about their work meant to push them into new areas of reflection and imagination. Poetry, visual art, journalism, and fiction and nonfiction guide me in finding the stories I need to tell and in critiquing the stories I hear and read. I believe in being a good literary citizen locally, nationally, and globally. Part of this means feeding what Jean Rhys calls “the lake” of literature. Feed it, and it feeds us in return. This is always something I hope to encourage in my students’ lives. My hope as an artist is to lay bare some of our human condition, glimpsing into one life after another after another, keeping in mind it’s all one. I teach with this approach, as well. I am fastidious about grammar (from my many former editing jobs) and good storytelling. You need to have both and you can always work on them. I encourage my students to investigate the good and the bad, the violent and the lonely, the joyous and hopeful.

Liz Blood is a contributing editor at Awst Press, an independent press in Austin, TX; editor of “Ekphrasis,” a poetry and art column at Art Focus Oklahoma; and former editor of The Tulsa Voice, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s alternative bi-weekly. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in English from Westminster College. Her prose has appeared in AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Hunger Mountain, Numero Cinq, Oklahoma Today, and elsewhere. She is a 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellow, a 2018-19 Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellow, and a 2018-19 Oklahoma Center for Humanities fellow.