"Fiction operates through the senses...No reader who isn't made to feel the story is going to believe anything the writer merely tells him. The first and most obvious characteristic of fiction is that it can be seen, heard, smelt, tasted, and touched."
Flannery O'Connor


Julia Thacker first came to Massachusetts as a Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. The work she produced there was subsequently awarded a National Endowment For the Arts Fellowship and a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe.

The granddaughter of a Harlan County coal miner, Julia sets much of her fiction against the backdrop of a vanishing Appalachian culture. Her stories have been published in Antaeus, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, New Directions, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.

An excerpt from her novella, The Funeral of the Man Who Wasn't Dead Yet, appeared in AGNI Magazine, where it won the John Cheever Award for Short Fiction. Most recently her poem "For An Abandoned Library In Detroit" was a Missouri Review poem of the week. New poems are forthcoming in Little Star and Nimrod.

She has taught creative writing at Tufts University, Harvard University Summer School, and the Radcliffe Seminars, and currently conducts private seminars in fiction and memoir writing. She holds a Master of Arts from Brown University.


Julie in Santa Fe.