2017 Viola Award Nominee for Emerging Artist
Stacy Murison is a writer although only recently embraced that as her professional identity. She received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from NAU in May 2016, but even before graduation she had several pieces published online.
Today her work can be found in Hobart, River Teeth Journal, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and Flash Fiction Magazine among others. Stacy’s writings, primarily essays, are all about conveying emotional truth. She is willing to plunge into dark places to find and reveal what is there.
Most people who know Stacy would most likely describe her as an out-going, vivacious, happy person with a big smile and infectious laugh; however, through her writing, she reveals a woman who struggles with life and with the hurts that have been inflicted upon her. That is the woman her readers relate to, for her struggles and hurts are both deeply personal as well as universal.
When you go to Stacy’s website, you will notice the evocative photographs that accompany her essays. These photos were all produced by Stacy as well. In addition, Stacy has been part of the Book Festival Board as well as working as a literacy tutor in the Coconino County Correctional Facility working with inmates in a Re-entry Program through the Literacy Center.
Acknowledgment from the community:
“The beauty of Stacy’s fiction astonished me. She transformed incidents drawn from rich life experience, creating characters and situations that illuminated potent human conflicts and emotions. She had the knack of imbuing sentences with the kind emotional intensity that enlivens story.”
“Stacy Murison is without a doubt an amazing writer who is a great role model for future writers. She specifically looks forward to empowering students who have been taught they are not good writers. She attends nearly every Narrow Chimney reading series event. She supports her colleagues and her professors. She has become a vital part of Flagstaff’s writing community.”
Memoir as Sympathy: Our Desire to be Understood
How to Hide from Your Friends at a Restaurant