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Cynthia Shearer

Cynthia Shearer holds an M.A. in English from the University of Mississippi and is the author of two works of fiction. The Wonder Book of the Air (Pantheon /Vintage 1996) won the 1996 prize for fiction from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The Celestial Jukebox (Shoemaker & Hoard/Avalon, 2005) was cited in the Cambridge Companion to American Literature After 1945 as an example of new “global” Southern literature. Awards for her short fiction include Honorable Mention in Best American Short Stories, and inclusion in various anthologies such as Beyond O´Connor (University of Georgia Press, 2003) and The Best of the Oxford American (2002) and The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing (2008). She was a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2000. In 2005, her Speakeasy essay, based on her six years of experience as the curator of the William Faulkner home Rowan Oak, appeared in the thirtieth anniversary issue of the Pushcart Prize Anthology. At TCU she serves as Associate Director of the Center for Writing, and teaches  writing  for the Department of English. She has served as a digital content consultant for Norton Publishing Co.  In 2018, she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, at the University of Georgia.
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Selected Publications


The Wonder Book of the Air (1996)

The Celestial Jukebox (2005)

excerpt from Celestial Jukebox at Poets & Writers (2005)

Celestial Jukebox playlist (Oxford American, 2020)


“The Thinning of Big Mama” in Oxford American (winter 2016)

“Sugarfoot Stomp” in Oxford American (winter 2015)

“Eavesdropping on History” in Oxford American (winter 2014)

“Richard Ford and the Course of American Empire” in Virginia Quarterly Review (2014)

“Cosette Faust Newton´s Garden Ship of Dreams” in Legacies (spring 2014)

“Barry Hannah’s Mixtape” in Oxford American (spring 2011)

“Looking for Janis Joplin in Port Arthur” in Oxford American (1997)

Interviews & Criticism

Interview with Jay Jennings at Oxford American

Interview with Ron Hogan at

Interview with Southern Literary Review

Interview with Mississippi Writers and Musicians

Biographical entry in The Mississippi Encyclopedia

Biographical entry in The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame