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Alumna's Essay Is Featured in Collection of Southern Stories

 An essay by alumna Elane Johnson (MFA, Creative Writing, 2009) has been included in the publication Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly, Edited by Lee Gutkind & Beth Ann Fennelly and published by In Fact Books.

According to Amazon, Southern Sin offers a collection“23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition… Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life—often learning unexpected lessons from the experience.”

Ms. Johnson’s essay, titled “Porn Star,” is described by one reviewer as amusing and surprising, and “not nearly so salty as the title suggests.” A writer of nonfiction, her work has appeared in various publications, including Brevity, Superstition Review, Sonora Review, and The Indianapolis Star. Her award-winning essay, “Aftermath” is featured in creative writing programs across the country. She is married to writer and fellow National University alumnus Stephen Ulrich.