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Stephanie Powell Watts is a writer and teacher of both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her classes are designed to introduce students to the writing life by exposing them to the works of many of the leading practitioners of contemporary writing.
She once was a Jehovah's Witness minister, a shoestring factory worker and a food service worker in her home state of North Carolina.
Stephanie received her PhD from the University of Missouri, where she was a Gus T. Ridgel fellow. Stephanie's short fiction, essays and poems have appeared in a number of journals including Oxford American, New Letters, African American Review, Tartts IV, Tampa Review, Obsidian III and have been awarded publication in 2008 Pushcart Prize anthology and New Stories from the South: Best of the Year, 2007 and 2009.
We Are Taking Only What We Need
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Paperback: 221 pages
Publisher: BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (November 30, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
African American women protagonists lose and find love, confront sanity and craziness, and strive to make sense of their lives in North Carolina. A Jehovah's Witness girl goes door-to-door with an expert field-service partner from up north. At a call center, operator Sheila fields a caller's uncomfortable questions under a ruthless supervisor's eye. Forty-something Aunt Ginny surprises the family by finding a husband, but soon she gives them more to talk about.
Pulitzer-Prize winner Edward P. Jones writes “Watts offers an impressive debut that promises only wonderful work to come.” Fiction writer Marly Swick agrees: “Each story seems, at the same time, to be a breath of fresh air and an instant classic.” Author Alyce Miller notes that “Watts writes with a penetrating eye for the extraordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people. As I read, I found myself holding my breath.”