Carolyn Ogburn lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she does any number of things for love and for money. She’s published work in literary journals, church newsletters, and anarchist zines; she’s been a contributing writer for Numero Cinq magazine and for Ploughshares blog.

She attended UNC School of the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, UNC-Asheville (MLA 2010), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA 2016). She’s received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council, and fellowships from Ragdale Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Carolyn’s story, “Ordinary Time, ” was recently selected as the winner of the Missouri Review’s Peden Prize for best fiction published in a volume year (2018) by LaTanya McQueen, who wrote:

Out of all the stories The Missouri Review published in 2018, Carolyn Ogburn’s “Ordinary Time” was one that continued to haunt me long after I read it. Reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor’s work in its exploration of Christian morality, “Ordinary Time” is set in Grand Saline, Texas, a known sundown town where recently a local minister by the name of Charles R. Moore has self-immolated to bring attention to the long history of violent racism perpetuated by members of his community. As the characters struggle to understand his reasons for the act, readers are also forced to ask difficult questions of themselves pertaining to the responsibilities of the individual in relation to issues of social justice—we like to believe ourselves to be good people, that we are honest and true, but are we, if around us others are suffering and we ignore it? Ogburn’s “Ordinary Time” is a smart, nuanced story about the role of collective inaction in the continued injustices plaguing those all around us.

She is currently seeking representation for her first novel.

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For more information, contact by email: c.a.ogburn[at]gmail.com

Sometimes I write letters. If you want one, sign up here: https://tinyletter.com/carolynogburn

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