English Lecturer Claudia Smith Publishes in Popular Online Magazine
English lecturer Claudia Smith recently published a personal, lyric essay in "The Rumpus," a popular online publication that focuses on independent press and promises to introduce its readers to new authors and fresh perspectives.
The essay, entitled "In My Clothes," chronicles Smith's personal sartorial history, from the smocked dresses of her early childhood, to the unequivocal badge of motherhood that is the inside-out, mustard-stained t-shirt. While the story is about clothes, the garments themselves tell the stories of the wearer. All of the clothes in between - first bikinis; vintage finds purchased for form but kept for function; a bunny fur coat in the Texas winter, Holly Hobbie baby doll dresses worn well into adulthood - are emblems of a lifelong transformation.
"In My Clothes" is available in its entirety at The Rumpus.
Smith's other stories have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Norton's" The New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond." She is the author of two flash fiction collections; "The Sky Is a Well" (Rose Metal Press) and "Put Your Head In My Lap" (Future Tense Books); and a collection of short stories, "Quarry Light" (Magic Helicopter Press).