Aimee Parkison

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Associate Professor
Director of Creative Writing
MFA, Cornell University 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Fiction Writing
  • Experimental Prose
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught

Undergraduate
  • Fiction Writing (Engl 3030)
  • Advanced Fiction Writing (Engl 4630)
Graduate 
  • Seminar in Fiction Writing (Engl 5730)
  • Crafts and Forms of Prose: Advanced Creative Project (Engl 5763)
  • Masters Thesis (Engl 5000)
  • Doctoral Dissertation (Engl 6000)

Publications

Books:

Girl Zoo co-authored with Carol Guess (FC2/University of Alabama Press 2019)

Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman (FC2/University of Alabama Press 2017)

The Petals of Your Eyes (Starcherone/Dzanc 2014)

The Innocent Party (BOA Editions, Ltd., American Reader Series 2012)

Woman with Dark Horses (Starcherone 2004)

Fiction in Literary Magazines (Print):

“Centerfold” (with Carol Guess) –Hotel Amerika, forthcoming, 2019.

“Squirrel Patrol” –Arkansas Review, forthcoming 2019.

“Girl in Medical Trials” (with Carol Guess)—Fiction International, forthcoming 2019.

“Girl in Drain” (with Carol Guess), Winter Tangerine, forthcoming, 2019.

“Three Stories” (“Girl in Ransom Note,” “Girl in White-Washed World,” and “Girl in Woman”) (with Carol Guess)—Western Humanities Review, Vol. 72.1, Spring 2018: 15-20.

“Lost Girls.” (with Carol Guess).  Salt Hill, 2018.

“Girl in Atrophy” & “Girl in the Silent Room.” (with Carol Guess) The Normal School, Vol 11, Issue 1, Spring 2018: 97-98.

“Girl in Lighthouse.” Grub Street, Literary and Arts Magazine, Vol. 67, Towson University, 2018: 27-28.

“Lament in C Minor.” Lake Effect, Vol 22, Spring 2018: 28.

“Girl in Special Collector’s Edition,” (nominated for Pushcart Prize) “Girl in Your Car” (with Carol Guess), and “Girl in Mansion” (with Carol Guess).  The Laurel Review.  Vol 50, Issue 2, 2017: 66-67, 102-103, 136-138.

“Responsibility.”  TANK magazine, Vol. 8, Issue 12, Summer 2017: 96-97.

“The Tourists,” Five Points, A Journal of Literature and Arts, Georgia State University, Vol. 17, No. 3, “Flash Fiction Issue,” 2016: 72.

“Lover with Gun in Mouth, or Autopsy After Murder.”

Fiction International. Department of English, San Diego State University. Issue 49: “Taboo,” 2016: 28-29.

“On Flooded Roads.” North American Review, Vol. 301, No. 3. 2016: 25-27.

“The Candle,” “The Dead Walk After the Rain,” “The Fire Escape.” 

The Laurel Review, Vol. 49, Issue 1. 2016: 1-3.

“To See the Hummingbirds as They Fly Through the Trees.” Lake Effect, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Vol. 20, Spring 2016: 11-12.

"Child of Prayer." Santa Fe Literary Review.  2015: 91-92

“Amber Leaves.” Lake Effect: Vol. 19, Spring, Penn State Erie,

The Behrend College. 2015: 43-46.

“The Dirt Room.” This Land: “The Summer Fiction Issue: A Collection of New Work by Oklahoma Authors.” Vol. 5, Issue 16, 2014: 10; 15.

“Mouse.” Unstuck. No. 3, 2014: 361-371

“Paints and Papers.”  Lake Effect, Vol. 16, 2012: 156-163.

“Bodies in the Sand.” Tarpaulin Sky, No. 17, Summer 2011: 113.

“Lessons from a Sinoloan Beauty Queen.”  Dislocate, Issue 7, Winter 2011:70-82.

“Harassment.”  Feminist Studies, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2010: 618-628.

“Theatrum Insectorum.”  Lake Effect.  Vol. 14, 2010: 9-18.

“Locked Doors.”  The Literary Review.  Winter 2008: 88-102.

“Vision of Mirrors.” The Tusculum Review.  Vol. 4, 2008: 70-72.

“Offensive Image.” Lake Effect, A Journal of the Literary Arts.  Vol. 12, Spring 2008:  60-62.

“The Bishop’s Daughter.”  Marginalia.  Issue 3.2 (Fall 2007): 82-84.

“Shrike.” The Seattle Review.  Vol. XXIX: Number 1, 2006: 175-183.

“Chains.” Fugue.  Vol. 31. Summer-Fall 2006: 74-78.

“Dummy.” Mississippi Review. Vol 34: Numbers 1-2: 2006. 70-82.

“Murder on the Pasture.” Vox. Vol. 1.2, April 2006: 12-13.

“Call Me Linda.” Yalobusha Review.  Vol. XI, 2006: 70-79.

“In the Evening.”  Santa Monica Review. Vol. 17.2 (Fall 2005): 37-39.

“Where I Live.” Santa Monica Review.  Vol. 17.2 (Fall 2005): 34-36.

“Blue Train Summer.” River City. Vol. 24.1 (Winter 2004): 59-66.

“Van Windows.” Quarterly West. Vol. 57 (Winter 2004): 10-16.

“Warnings.” North American Review. Vol. 289 No. 3-4 (May-Aug. 2004): 3-8.

“Textures.”  River City. Vol. 23 No. 1 (Winter 2003): 126-134.

“Collecting.” Harpur Palate. Vol. 3.1 (Summer 2003): 9-24.

“The Glass Girl.” Denver Quarterly. Vol. 38.1 (Spring 2003): 79.

“The Listener.” Denver Quarterly. Vol. 38.1 (Spring 2003): 80.

“Corolla.” American Literary Review. Vol. 13 No. 2 (Fall 2002): 100-114.

“Smile, That’s Why He Loves Her.”  Fiction International. Vol. 34, “Madness II,” (2001): 121-126.

“The Upstairs Album.” Crab Orchard Review. Vol. 7, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2001): 116-129.

“Baroness with Strange Eyes.”  Other Voices. Vol. 14 No. 35 (Fall/Winter 2001): 1-8.

“A Captured Way.” Denver Quarterly. Vol. 34 No. 1 (Spring 1999): 126-127.

“The Last Secret Tour.”  American Literary Review. Vol. 10 No. 1 (Spring 1999): 13-28. 

Writing Selected for Anthologies: 

“Fishing for Owls.” Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2019.  The Saturday Evening Post Society, Saturday Evening Post Editors. Dec. 19, 2018: 26-34.

“Dirty-Dirty Short Shorts: Imaginary Rebecca, True Nakedness, and The Turtle.”  The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing.  Megan Milks, Editor.  Davis Schneiderman, Series Editor. &NOW Books, Lake Forest College, Illinois, 2015: 255-256.

“College Downs.” 27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose and Poetry. Eno Publishers, Hillsborough, NC, 2014: 134-143. 

“Save Her.” Wreckage of Reason II: Back to the Drawing Board, An Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Women Writers, edited by Nava Renek and Natalie Nuzzo. Spuyten Duyvil, New York City, 2014: 45-48.

“Imaginary Rebecca,” “True Nakedness,” and “The Turtle.”  Dirty: Dirty. Edited by Debra Di Blasi.  Jaded Ibis Press, LLC, Seattle, WA, 2013: 96-98.

“Cradled.”  Men Undressed: Female Writers and the Male Sexual Experience. Edited by Stacy Bierlein, Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza, and Kat Meads.  Other Voices Books, Chicago, 2011: 330-343.

Untitled  “. . . knife . . . wound . . . ear . . .”  [ C. ] An MLP Stamp Stories Anthology. Edited by Andrew Borgstrom & J.A. Tyler.  Mud Luscious Press, 2011: 74.

“Undocumented.”  I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights, an anthology edited by Melissa Kwasny and M.L. Smoker.  Lost Horse Press. Sandpoint, Idaho, 2009: 93.

“Intuition.”  Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Experimental Prose by Women Writers. Edited by Nava Renek.  Spuytenduyvil Press, 2008: 281-284.

“The Glass Girl.”  PP/FF, an anthology. Peter Connors, Editor.  Starcherone Press, 2006: 165. 

“The Listener.” PP/FF, an anthology. Peter Connors, Editor.  Starcherone Press, 2006: 231.

Poetry in Literary Magazines:

“Online Dating.” 34th Parallel Magazine: Issue 29, Reality and Fiction, 2015: 20-23.

“Nestled.” The Cossack Review. Vol. 2. Issue 1, 2014: 38.

“Goth Girl’s Lullaby.” 5AM, 2013.

“The Creature.” Rattle. Vol. 18, No. 2, 2012: 108.

“Immigrant Marriage” and “Deportation.”  Cimarron Review. Issue 180, 2012: 56-58.

“Immigration Issues.” PMS (poem memoir story). Number 10, 2010: 28.

“If Sara Wasn’t Sara.” 5AM.  Issue # 31, 2010, (Issn: 1046-9826): 10.

“Former Friends.” Briar Cliff Review, 2010: 38.

 “The New Wife.” The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.  Fall 2009.  Vol. XIX, No. 3, 2009: 9.

 “Invisible God Swims with Knife.”  So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art.  Summer/Fall 2008. Vol. 17, No. 2: 39.

“Necklace of Names.” Hayden’s Ferry Review.  Spring/Summer 2008, Issue 42: 51.

“I Stood in the Shade.” Nimrod International Journal.  Spring/Summer 2008, Vol. 51, No. 2: 130. 

“In the Aquarium.” California Quarterly (California State Poetry Society).  Vol. 33, No. 4: 32.

“Ashes to Ashes.” The Texas Review.  Vol. 27, No. 1-2, S/S: 110-116.

“Hollow Wall.” Mochila Review.  Vol. 8: 95-96.

“First Fantasy.” Mochila Review. Vol. 8: 90-91.

“Spinning Light.” Mochila Review. Vol. 8: 92-94.

Nonfiction: Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews:

“The Delicious Unease of a Lesser Day,” a review of Andrea Scrima’s A Lesser Day (Spuyten Duyvil), The Brooklyn Rail, Sept. 4, 2018.

<https://brooklynrail.org/2018/09/books/The-Delicious-Unease-of-A-Lesser-Day>

“Coming Alive,” a review of Courtney E. Morgan’s The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman (FC2), American Book Review, Vol. 38, No. 5: July/Aug 2017: 22.

“Mood Swing Ring,” review of Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack (University of Chicago) by Mary Cappello.  American Book Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, Nov/Dec 2016: 23.

“Women Writing Violence” (essay)— AWP’s The Writers’ Chronicle magazine, Vol. 49, No. 2, Oct/Nov. 2016: 110-120.

“Self-Portrait of the Poet,” a review of Jessica Jacob’s Pelvis with a Distance (White Pine Press).  American Book Review, Vol. 37, Number 2. Jan/Feb 2016: 29.

“The Wreckage of Reason: Women Writers of Contemporary Experimental Prose.” (essay) AWP’s The Writers’ Chronicle magazine, Vol. 48, No. 2, Oct/Nov. 2015: 88-99.

"Dark Web Stories." (article) State magazine, OSU, Fall, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2015: 46-47.

“The Secret Sharer,” a review of Nickole Brown’s Fanny Says.

American Book Review (BOA). “Women Unbound: Feature.” Volume 36, Number 4, May/June 2015: 11.

"All the Pretty Things," a review of The Beautiful Anthology, Elizabeth Collins, editor. TNB Books.  American Book Review, Vol. 33, No. 5, 2012: 20.

“NoDa, a Description.” Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook (North Carolina Literary Trails), 1st edition, University of North Carolina Press, Oct. 15, 2010: 97.

Online Fiction Publications:

“Joe and Irish”-- Savoy Operetta, Issue 1. January 14, 2019.

<https://savoylitmag.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/joe-and-irish/?fbclid=IwAR2aylx1hdZ2L-sI2L8fTAhdK2gIhLplvzD58y8laA-hzvBUNpr9BaNwEm0>

“A Trail Through Woods”—The Collagist, Issue 99.  October 2018.

<http://thecollagist.com/the-collagist/2018/9/28/a-trail-through-woods.html>

“Girls in Bars.” New Flash Fiction Review, Issue 14. August 2018.

<http://newflashfiction.com/aimee-parkison/>

“As Petals Fall on Asphalt Roads” & “The Forgotten Daughter.”

The Adroit Journal, Issue 25. 2018.

<http://www.theadroitjournal.org/issue-twenty-five-aimee-parkison>

“Girl in Knots,” (co-authored with Carol Guess). 

Necessary Fiction.  Feb. 28, 2018.

<http://necessaryfiction.com/stories/CarolGuessandAimeeParkisonGirlinKnots>

“Girl in Glass.” Monkeybicycle, Jan. 12, 2018.

<http://monkeybicycle.net/girl-in-glass/>

“Girls in Windows.” (co-authored with Carol Guess) Monkeybicycle,

Jan. 5, 2018.

<http://monkeybicycle.net/girls-in-windows/>

“Girl in Dog House” (co-authored with Carol Guess). New Delta Review. 2017.

http://ndrmag.org/fiction/2017/12/girl-in-dog-house/

(nominated for Pushcart Prize)

“The Necklace Eater.”  Tupelo Quarterly, Oct. 14, 2017.

< http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/the-necklace-eater-by-aimee-parkison/>

“Girl in Finger Web.” Glassworks, Rowan University. Sept. 1, 2017.

<http://www.rowanglassworks.org/flash-glass-2017/girl-in-finger-web-by-aimee-parkison>

“Girl in Cloud.” (co-authored with Carol Guess), Diagram, 17.6, 2017.

https://thediagram.com/17_6/guess-parkison.html

“Girl in Clock” (co-authored with Carol Guess), Quarterly West. 2017. 

The Tourists” (reprint)—Great Jones Street. Nov. 2017.

https://www.greatjonesstreet.press/the-tourists-by-aimee-parkison/

“What Happened with Gilbert that Night” (reprint)—Great Jones Street.

Nov. 2017.

https://www.greatjonesstreet.press/author/423/

“Code Violations” (reprint)—Great Jones Street. Nov. 2017.

https://www.greatjonesstreet.press/code-violations-by-aimee-parkison/

“Code Violations” and “The Casting Director.”  The Collagist.

January 2016.

<http://thecollagist.com/the-collagist/2016/1/8/code-violations.html>

<http://thecollagist.com/the-collagist/2016/1/8/the-casting-director.html>

“Snow in Thunder,” “The Self and Others,” “Follow Me Home,” and “The Lost Sea.” Atticus Review. 2015.

<http://atticusreview.org/snow-in-thunder/>

<http://atticusreview.org/the-self-and-others/>

<http://atticusreview.org/follow-me-home/>

<http://atticusreview.org/the-lost-sea/>

“Spider Box” – Plinth. 2014.

<http://www.plinth.us/issue02/parkison.html>

“Birds Who Look Into Mirrors.” The Nervous Breakdown. 2013.

<http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/aparkison/2013/02/birds-who-look-into-mirrors/>

“Theater of Cruelty.”  The Rumpus.  2012.  <http://therumpus.net/2012/03/sunday-rumpus-fiction-theater-of-cruelty/>

“The Creature.” Rattle Online. 2012.

<http://www.rattle.com/poetry/2013/08/the-creature-by-aimee-parkison/>

Web Del Sol Online Chapbook. 2004.

<http://www.webdelsol.com/LITARTS/Aimee_Parkison/wds.htm>

“Allison’s Idea” – Tarpaulin Sky.  2004.

<http://www.tarpaulinsky.com/Fall03/APAllison.htm>

“What Happened with Gilbert That Night” – Web Conjunctions, 1999.

                  <http://www.conjunctions.com/webcon/parkis.htm>

Online Nonfiction Publications:

“Flash Fiction: Saying the Unsayable.” Free Word (Free Word Center in London, Supported by Arts Council England), Feb. 6, 2016:

<https://www.freewordcentre.com/explore/a-parkison>

“Writing a Story from Black-and-White Photographs.” North American Review, June 28, 2016:

<http://northamericanreview.org/writing-story-black-white-photographs-aimee-parkison/>

Honors & Awards:

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize from Fiction Collective Two 

Christopher Isherwood Fellowship

Kurt Vonnegut Prize from North American Review

Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction

Jack Dyer Prize from Crab Orchard Review

North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship

Writers at Work Fellowship

Charles Angoff Award from The Literary Review

Puffin Foundation Fellowship

American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst Creative Artist Fellowship