“We like to think that men are simple. Feed ’em and love ’em and that’s all they need. But they more complicated than that. They do some great things and then turn ’round and commit some of the worst sins ever thought of.” (197)
M SHELLY CONNER, PHD
Essayist / Playwright / Fiction / Screenwriter
Chicago native M Shelly Conner spent her summers bouncing between her grandmother in Memphis and relatives in Los Angeles, reveling in the sprawl of the Great Migration. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A multi-genre writer, she is the creator of the Quare Life web series and has published essays on dapperqueer aesthetics, black womanhood, self-sustainable living and their intersections in various publications including: the A.V. Club; the Grio; Playboy Magazine; and Crisis Magazine. An excerpt of everyman appears in the Obsidian Journal of Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. Conner is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas and lives with her wife and their dog Whiskey on their Arkansas homestead.
EDUCATION AND CAREERM Shelly Conner received her B.A. in English from Tuskegee University, M.A. in Education from Concordia University - River Forest, and Ph.D in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she wrote everyman as her creative dissertation. Shelly taught in Chicago Public Schools for a decade before working as an educational consultant for several private education companies. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.
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