Corie Adjmi writes long, delicate sentences that ease readers through surprising descriptions and language. She also writes hectic, fast-paced prose that, coupled with the momentum of her scenes, gets your heart racing in anticipation of what’s coming next. And it is her ability to sense when either style is appropriate and move back and forth between the two that makes her work so enjoyable. When Corie first submitted to our Review Board in 2001, we knew we’d found a special writer—and she now has over a dozen acceptances, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a number of other accolades to prove us right. To hear about Corie’s exciting accomplishments and upcoming projects, and to find out how she deals with rejection, watch her one-minute video!
Corie Adjmi’s Journey, In Her Own Words:
Submitting to the Writer’s Relief Review Board took a leap of faith. I wanted to get a short story published and I believed that if Writer’s Relief liked my story enough to take me on as a client, someone else might like it too. At the time, I had no intention of writing full-time or publishing more than that one story. But when Writer’s Relief became my partner, I had professional people I could talk to about my work plus deadlines to meet. What seemed like a dream, someone else’s life, became my own. I thought my first publication was a lucky break. But my second publication meant something more. It meant I could get three. And little by little I started to believe I was a writer. What a gift.
“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”—Goethe
About Corie Adjmi:
Corie Adjmi was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU. She attended graduate school at the Bank Street College of Education, and her graduate school thesis was titled “Family Folklore and the Role of Storytelling: The Study of a Family and the Syrian Jewish Community in Brooklyn.” She was accepted to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference for the summer of 2001 and studied under Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, and Jeffery Renard Allen. She attended the Zoetrope Short Story Writers’ Conference in Belize during the summer of 2003; Susan Straight was her teacher. She’s taken two workshops with Tom Jenks (2004 and 2005) and has worked privately with him (2006–2011). Amy Bloom was her instructor at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2005.
Adjmi’s short story, “Dinner Conversation,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Crucible, The Distillery, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Evansville Review, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Indiana Review, Licking River Review, The North American Review, Out Of Line, Pangolin Papers, RE:AL, Red Rock Review, Red Wheelbarrow, RiverSedge, South Dakota Review, TheTalonMag, Verdad, and Whetstone. Her story “The Devil Makes Three” received the first-place prize for excellence in prose by Whetstone in 2004. She served as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine (2007–2008), and her short story collection, Life And Other Shortcomings, is a compilation of previously published stories. She lives in NYC with her husband and children and is currently working on a novel. She writes under the name Corie Sutton Adjmi.