Corrina Wycoff

Corrina Wycoff
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality United States
Genre Fiction
Notable works O Street
Damascus House

Corrina Wycoff is an American writer known for her 2007 short story collection O Street and 2016 novel Damascus House. O Street was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction in 2007.

Education and career

Wycoff holds an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, and teaches English and writing at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington.[1][2]

Her fiction and essays have appeared in Other Voices, New Letters, Coal City Review, The Oregon Quarterly, Brainchild, Out of Line, Golden Handcuffs, and the anthologies Best Essays Northwest and The Clear Cut Future.[1]

Michelle Abbott wrote of Wycoff in the Puyallup Post:

She began picking up inspirational pieces for her novels at an early age and passed into single motherhood, drawing from realistic and experiential circumstances. From the naturalist perspective, she creates characters affected by low social status, struggling to pull their weight beyond the lowest rung ... Reality sets the stage for Wycoff’s characters, and difficult circumstances pave the way for heightened awareness.[3]


Awards and honors

In 1999 Wycoff won the second annual Heartland Short Fiction Prize for her stories "Afterbirth" and "Visiting Mrs. Ferullo," and "Afterbirth" was subsequently published in New Letters magazine.[4][5] Wycoff was a recipient of the John L. and Naomi Luvaas Graduate Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon in 2000.[21] Wycoff was also a 2003 recipient of a Hugo House Award, which honors writers in the Seattle community and is named for American poet Richard Hugo.[22] Her poem "Rita" was chosen in 2004 for Seattle's Poetry on Buses program, which displays poetry on interior bus placards.[12] In 2007, her short story collection O Street was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction.[23]

Personal life

A single mother, Wycoff had her son Asher at age 23.[24] She lives in Seattle, Washington.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Wycoff, Corrina (2007). O Street. OV Books. ISBN 0-9767177-2-7.
  2. 1 2 Frizzelle, Christopher (April 26, 2007). "Debut Prism". The Stranger. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  3. Abbott, Michelle (March 18, 2013). "Corrina Wycoff writes reality". Puyallup Post. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 "1999 Award winners: New Letters Heartland Short Fiction Prize". Poets & Writers. March 1999. Archived from the original on June 21, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  5. 1 2 Wycoff, Corrina (1999). "Afterbirth". New Letters. 65 (2): 139. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  6. Wycoff, Corrina (2007). "Labor and Management" (PDF). Oregon Quarterly. 86 (3): 15–16. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  7. Wycoff, Corrina (2002). "Rebecca". Other Voices. 37. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  8. Wycoff, Corrina (2003). "The Adjunct". The Clear Cut Future. Clear Cut Press. pp. 210–239. ISBN 978-0972323413.
  9. Stuivenga, Will (November 30, 2011). "Between the Lines: Washington State Library Blog". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  10. Wycoff, Corrina (2003). "Another Oregon Trail". Best Essays Northwest. University of Oregon Press. ISBN 978-0871143037.
  11. Jackson, Rachel (March 1, 2004). Reading for — and about — a rainy day. High Country News. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  12. 1 2 "Poetry on Buses". Metro Online. 2002. Archived from the original on December 4, 2002. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  13. Wycoff, Corrina (2004). "Rita". Metro Online. Archived from the original on June 6, 2004. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  14. Wycoff, Corrina (2006). "The Shell Game". Coal City Review. 21. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  15. Wycoff, Corrina (2006). "O Street". Other Voices. 45. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  16. Wycoff, Corrina (2006). "O Street". Golden Handcuffs Review. 1 (7).
  17. "O Street: Stories". Publishers Weekly. January 8, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  18. Kalwinsky, Gretchen (March 15–21, 2007). "Chicks and Balances" (PDF). Time Out Chicago. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  19. Upchurch, Michael (April 20, 2007). "O Street: Strong first novel of a painful mother-daughter bond". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  20. "Damascus House by Corrina Wycoff". Spuyten Duyvil Publishing. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  21. "Standout Scholars 2000". 2000. Archived from the original on July 1, 2002. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  22. "2003 Hugo and Founders Awards". 2003. Archived from the original on February 23, 2004. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  23. Gonzalez, Antonio (April 30, 2007). "20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards: Recipients and Finalists". Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  24. Wycoff, Corrina (June 18, 2007). "Single Motherhood, Poverty and Literature". Retrieved February 2, 2016.

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