Using Fiction to Illuminate the Truth

illustration of three women in silhouette.

(SUNY Geneseo illustration/Erin Crowell)

Even back in grade school, Kristen Gentry wrote stories. “I always loved writing because I always loved reading,” she says. “But it never crossed my mind to think it was something I could actually do. My family is not particularly artistic. My mother was a nurse, my aunt works in a hospital — no one was sitting there saying, ‘Let’s write a poem’.”

Gentry is still writing stories. Now an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at SUNY Geneseo, her debut story collection “Mama Said” will be published by West Virginia University Press in October 2023.

Read the entire story in the spring issue of the Geneseo Scene.


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