S.E. Curtis is a writer, reader, community organizer, cook, and Southern culture optimist. As a writer of fiction and a professional copywriter/editor, she has dedicated much of her life to-as her tattoo suggests-Words, Words, Words. Curtis has appeared in The Bitter Southerner and The Riveter.

After serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Oxford, Mississippi, Shannon helped to build Sustainable Oxford, a community organization that facilitates, educates about, and advocates for more sustainable practices in the Oxford and Lafayette County communities. 

Other devotions include: observing and participating in small town life and gossip, dreaming of Live Oaks and Spanish Moss, and cooking various delicacies in her beloved cast iron skillets.

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Believes in: Larry Brown, Anne Sexton, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, W. Somerset Maugham, Virginia Woolf, Roxane Gay, T.S. Eliot, Gustave Flaubert, Vladimir Nabokov, Friedrich Nietzsche, Simone de Beauvoir, Cornel West, William Faulkner, Carson McCullers,  Joan Didion, Kurt Vonnegut, Martha Nussbaum + fried catfish po’boys with a remoulade + citrus + Dixieland Jazz + Deep Southern Gospel + Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton + seventy-seven degrees Fahrenheit + Eastern Carolina barbecue sandwiches with hot sauce and coleslaw + critical thinking skills + vinyl records + Ava Duvernay + buttermilk + fresh cut flowers + peppermint ice cream + A Rendezvous of Friends – The Friends Become Flowers by Max Ernst + mint juleps + raw oysters, lemon juice, hot sauce + dark agua de Jamaica

Does Not Condone: people who don’t like to read + people who don’t say “God bless you” or “Gesundheit” after someone sneezes + M&Ms + remakes of classic films or any remake of any film + people who don’t “get” Jazz or Blues + 24 hour news cycles + British Imperialism in Ireland + sloth + green peppers + central air + high rise apartment buildings and condos + food delivery (under most circumstances) + speed instead of quality