Letitia L. Moffitt was born and raised in Hawaii. She received a doctoral degree in English/Creative Writing from Binghamton University, and she taught creative writing at Eastern Illinois University for five years. Her novel-in-stories, Sidewalk Dancing, was published by Atticus Books in November 2013, and her novels Trace and Vibe/Sync (Books 1 and 2 of the TraceWorld trilogy) were published by Cantraip Press in 2015 and 2016. In her spare time she runs marathons and ultramarathons. Hey, why not.
"Brews and Shoes." Atticus Review. April 2016.
When I think of ultramarathons, I inevitably picture a dirt trail
through thick woods going up the side of a mountain—the Sierras,
perhaps, or the Appalachians. Thing is, I live in rural Illinois.
"Beginning in the middle." Atticus Review. February 2016.
After my first ghastly 5K (and too many pancakes afterward), I vowed: I would get fit, and I would earn those pancakes. And then I would have seconds.
"Heartless Whispers." Atticus Review. December 2015.
People who run ultramarathons like to sneer that 26.2 miles is a mere training run, hardly worth the bother. Yeah, that’s crap.
"The Fortunate 50." Atticus Review. October 2015.
Are you really badass if you run 50 miles, or are you just incredibly lucky? (That's right, I said "lucky," not "stupid.")
Redwood. Necessary Fiction. Writer-in-Residence, April 2013 <necessaryfiction.com>.
The longevity gene has been discovered. Jane has it — but a killer wants to make sure she doesn’t get to benefit from it.
“Speech Therapy.” The Rumpus. June 2013 <therumpus.net>.
After the stroke, the doctors thought my mother would not be able to talk. They were wrong; she could talk, but she still wouldn’t tell me anything.
“So many ways to be hurt.” The Newer York November 2012 <theneweryork.com>.
Shin splints and broken hearts and on and on and on.
“Asterisk.” Shaking Magazine July 2012 <shakinglikeamountain.com>.
That winter I felt like there was an asterisk marking my life, and not just because I spent a lot of time staring up at the ceiling fan.
“Make Your Luck.” Submittable July 2012 <www.submittable.com>.
When it comes to getting published, what's luck got to do with it?
“QhD” Prompt 1:1 April 2012 <www.promptlitmag.org>.
There are no college degrees higher than a PhD. Don't tell my mother that, though.
“Tales of Woe and Toenails.” HTMLGIANT June 2011 <htmlgiant.com>.
If Romeo and Juliet had been long-distance runners … they’d probably still have died tragic deaths.
“Incognito.” Pank November 2010 <www.pankmagazine.com>
It’s easier than you think, this business of going incognito. Scary easy, actually; makes you wonder if the life you had was even the one you were supposed to be living.
“At Home.” Two Hawks Quarterly Summer 2009 <twohawksquarterly.com/>.
He wanted to feel at home in Ireland because that’s where his ancestors were from. I knew better, but what could I say? Home can be just about anywhere.
“That’s Nothing.” Melusine 1:2 Summer 2009 <www.melusine21cent.com/mag/>.
I couldn’t sleep last night. The baby wanted to have a very serious conversation with me.
“The Mother Load.” Cadillac Cicatrix Issue 4 Spring 2009 <www.cadillaccicatrix.org>.
She loved being pregnant so much she decided, why bother giving birth? Why not just stay pregnant?
“The Campaign Cookbook.” Trillium Literary Journal 2:4 (2009) <www.trilliumliteraryjournal.org>.
There was that one year my father wanted to run for City Council. I don’t know what my mother wanted — to run away, perhaps. She didn’t. She made the Campaign Cookbook instead.
“On Acronyms and Attraction.” Verdad 4:1 (2008) <www.verdadmagazine.org> .
Is there a “type” of guy that likes Asian women — and was my own father one of those guys?
“Sentence.” Fairfield Review Winter 2003 <www.fairfieldreview.org> .
Her punishment is to write one sentence over and over … but the sentence never ends.
“Sweet Ruins.” Ala Carte: Short Stories. Charlotte, NC: Main Street Rag, 2010.
“Puzzles and Presents.” Broken Plate. 2009: 42-56.
“Model Homes.” Minnetonka Review 1:3 (2009): 118-128.
“Night Stories.” Third Wednesday 1:5 (2008): 26-28.
“Redwood.” Coe Review 38:2 (2008): 26-34.
“The Boat.” Tartts 3: Incisive fiction from emerging writers. Livingston, AL: Swallow’s Tale Press, 2007. Contest finalist.
“The Boat.” The MacGuffin 22:2 (2006): 95-105.
“The Revolution to Free Beatrice.” SNReview Winter 2006.
“Codicils.” Jabberwock Review 25:2 (2004): 51-63.
“What Delia Is.” Dos Passos Review 1:2 (2004): 36.
“Knives.” Aux Arc Review 1:1 (2002): 80-92.
“Only Say True.” Yawp Magazine 4:1 (2002): 56-62. Fiction contest honorable mention.
“Living Dead.” Black Warrior Review 20:1 (1993): 9-19.