Assistant Fiction Editor
Charlene Caruthers is a fiction writer from San Antonio, Texas. Her work has appeared in HUMID Literary Magazine and Porter House Review. Charlene’s work explores Black history and culture to which she aims to write narratives that redress the violence inflicted by an unjust system. When Charlene is not reading or writing she can be found walking her dog, Arya or binge watching old episodes of Outlander, Jane the Virgin, or Reign. Charlene is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Texas State University.
What she’s looking for: I think discovering great fiction is about challenging the status quo. To me, great fiction is shocking, uncomfortable, and seeks out the truth in our everyday lives. With that said, I’m looking for stories that shed light into different cultures and experiences. I want stories that have strong voice-driven narratives that are original takes on socio-cultural concerns. Additionally, I am looking for a strong sense of form coupled with tension that propels the story forward.
Writers she admires: Octavia E. Butler, Jesmyn Ward, Colson Whitehead, Angie Thomas, Rivers Solomon.