Denise Tolan

Denise Tolan is a professor of English at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio. She received her MA in English from UTSA and her MFA in Creative Writing from the Red Earth MFA in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Denise Tolan’s work has been included in places such as The Penn Review, Atlas and Alice, Blue Mountain Review, Lunch Ticket, and The Best Small Fictions. Denise was a finalist for Best of the Net 2022 and both the 2019 and 2018 International Literary Awards: Penelope Niven Prize in Nonfiction. She has a memoir, Italian Blood, coming out on October 3, 2003.




Artist Statement of Work

Tell us about your work (style, approach, philosophy, subject and/or theme):

When I write, I write to bring back a feeling – a mood. And if I can share that feeling, there is a connection. And if there is connection, I am not alone. My writing is an attempt to connect to anyone who suffered childhood shame, violence, or fear. Sometimes I also write to explore how the world works.

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