Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Cynthia Morrison Phoel

Events: New Literary Voices 2010

Book: Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories

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Cynthia Morrison Phoel served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a Bulgarian town not unlike the one in Cold Snap, her debut collection of stories. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and Cerise Press.

As in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, place is at the center of Phoel’s linked stories. Quirky, remote, and agonizingly intimate, the ragged village of Old Mountain is home to a cast of Bulgarian townsfolk who do daily battle with the heat or the bitter cold, with soul-crushing poverty, with petty disagreements among themselves—all the while attempting to adapt to changing times and keep up with their neighbors. Money is tight in this valley of run-down Communist blocks and crumbling plaster houses, but community is tighter.