Lucille Sutton

Lucille Sutton was born in Saigon to a Vietnamese mother and Navy Seabee father. A product of the Vietnam War, she spent her childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana and in Long Beach, Mississippi struggling to balance the tightrope of two disparate cultures. When she was twelve, her family transferred to Port Hueneme, California where everyone assumed she was Mexican. It wasn’t until she completed her B.A. in English at Fresno State that she finally learned to embrace and examine the complexities of her identity.

In 2001, Lucille earned an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) and joined the Department of English at Fresno State as a Lecturer. Regardless of the subject matter—composition, creative writing, or literature—she works hard for her students, and she expects the same in return.

Her work has appeared online at SN Review, In the Grove, Prick of the Spindle, and JMWW. Other accomplishments include publication in Bamboo Ridge Press, Out of Thin Air, the Ventura County Star, and the San Joaquin Review. She was acknowledged in the Indiana Review: Writers of Color edition and as a top-ten finalist for the 2004 Dana Awards Short Fiction Contest. Her novel excerpts were finalists for Fall 2004 SLS/ St. Petersburg Writing Contest and Fall 2006 SLS/Kenya Writing Contest.

Lucille's current writing projects include nonfiction essays and short stories inspired by experiences in the roller skating culture, both as a rink rat and flat track roller derby skater.