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Chantel Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo’s novel A Falling Star won the 2013 Doris Bakwin Award and was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2014. Her novel The Distant Marvels is forthcoming from Europa Editions in Spring 2015. Acevedo’s first novel, Love and Ghost Letters, won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year.  Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults, was published in 2011.  Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and Chattahoochee Review, among others. Acevedo was named a Literature Fellow by the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2012.  She is currently an associate professor of English and alumni writer-in-residence at Auburn University, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference, the Creative Writing Studio for Teens, and edits the Southern Humanities Review.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Family, of course, and
  2. Friends, especially those who recommend
  3. Good books, which serve as inspiration, as do
  4. Trips to Miami, which lead me to
  5. Cuban food, which reminds me of
  6. Good music with which to dance in the kitchen with my girls, where I must have
  7. My daily cup of coffee that I drink while
  8. Playing on social media because I’m an addict, much like the students that I so enjoy
  9. Teaching on a daily basis
  10. Christmas, which may seem like an arbitrary addition, but I assure you I love Christmas very much