Danielle Lea Buchanan, an upcoming second year Master of Fine Arts student, was fortunate to receive the generous 1st year CWE Graduate Fellowship that granted her time to further pursue her writing interests: classism, socio-economics, Midwestern and Southern rurality, trauma theory, collective and generational trauma, intergenerational relationships in adverse family structures, social systems that perpetuate oppression, enculturation and acculturation, the cyclical navigations of poverty, and family system’s models—most notably Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bioecology of human development.
In addition, Danielle spent extensive time with family in hospital waiting rooms, cancer wards, radiation and chemotherapy clinics. She listened, she watched, she bore witness. Danielle resumed her position as an intentionally unscientific, family ethnographer. She has accumulated over 7 recorded hours of unmuted, multi-generational experiences via. interviews with her grandma Willa and mother, Lorna. These recordings directly align with many of Danielle’s writing interests and further propelled her inscrutable quest for truths while remaining in un-ebbed awe of humanities resilience.
Lastly, Danielle wrote. In her first year at Iowa State University, she was a finalist for (F)riction’s 2016 Fall Flash Fiction Literary Competition, a finalist for the Tusculum Review’s 2016 Tillie Olsen Short Story Award, a finalist for Psychopomp Magazine’s 2016 Short Fiction Award, and a shortlist finalist for The Masters Review’s 2016 Fall Fiction Contest judged by Kelly Link.