Lucy Corin’s fourth book of fiction, The Swank Hotel, will be published by Graywolf in 2021.
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Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney’s Books) and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) as well as a novel, Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). Writings have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Harper’s Magazine, Ploughshares, Bomb, Tin House Magazine, and the most recent New American Stories anthology from Vintage. She was an American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize winner and an NEA fellow in literature. The Swank Hotel, her second novel, is forthcoming from Graywolf. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Lucy Corin has a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Brown. She’s a Professor at University of California, Davis where she teaches in the English Department and MFA Program in Creative Writing.


Oral Florist, Rita Bullwinkle

My contribution to Rita Bullwinkle’s gorgeous Oral Florist project is called Coral Castle. I listen to these to help me calm down for sleep.


Here’s the first of what I’m hoping will be a lot of collaborations with my sister, visual artist Emily Hochman. This is just a little project where we made a tarot card to contribute to Diagram Magazine’s 20th anniversary deck. It’s not out yet but here’s the image on my instagram. 

Judging for BWR

I’ll be judging fiction entries for the Black Warrior Review contest. September 1 2020 deadline. Other judges:

Poetry: Paul Tran; Nonfiction Mayukh Sen; Flash Fiction: C. Pam Zhang

apocalypses now and again

McSweeney’s thought of me for the pandemic and is doing another printing of One Hundred Apocalypses. That is some kind of sweet.

Relatedly, one of my favorite living writers, Deb Olin Unferth, recommended it among five favorites from the press.


I used passages cut from my novel in progress to make a story for McSweeney’s 50th issue. It’s a beautiful collection of work with all the gorgeous surprises you expect (ha) from McS design.