Stephanie McCarley Dugger
Stephanie McCarley Dugger’s first collection of poetry, Either Way You’re Done (2017), was published by Sundress Publications. Her chapbook, Sterling (Paper Nautilus, 2015), was winner of the Vella Chapbook contest. Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, The Southeast Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, and other journals. She teaches at Austin Peay State University and is Poetry Editor for Zone 3.
“ I wrote ‘Housebreak’ about one of my earliest memories—a train ride/comedy show my parents took me on at Silver Dollar City. I remember my parents laughing at the scene where a man shot his wife because he was annoyed with her. They were fully enjoying the moment, but I was terrified because I was too young to understand it was an act. That same fear carried on throughout my childhood when my parents had their violent fights, when I was still unsure about what was real and what wasn’t. I assumed they meant what they said, and in those moments, they likely did. ”