As both a writer and a human being, I am convinced that I spend most of my time haunted—by the stories that I have and have not managed to tell, by events from my past, by the uncertainty of the present moment and the future. I think that to be human is to be haunted, to be preoccupied and obsessed and have our steps dogged by things we don’t always necessarily understand but can’t seem to let go. My fiction explores what it means to be haunted, both literally and figuratively—by ghosts, trauma, and above all, other people.
Lily C. Buday is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arkansas. Her work has been published in Chautauqua, GASHER, and Joyland, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was recently awarded the James E. & Ellen Wadley Roper Fellowship in Creative Writing, the Harrison/Whitehead Founders’ Fellowship, and an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship.