Skye Anicca

Lecturer, Communication and Media

Skye Anicca is a Lecturer of Literature and Creative Writing with specializations in multi-ethnic U.S. literature and fiction writing. She works at the intersections of narrative craft, literary criticism, and cultural studies. Her scholarship situates contemporary American fiction in a transnational context that draws on feminist and postcolonial studies, and her creative work focuses on experimentation with narrative time and structure. Her teaching and research interests include creative writing studies, new immigrant literature, border studies, Latinx and Caribbean literature, U.S. pop culture and media, fairy tales, and women’s literature. Her instructional methodologies include service learning, team-based learning, and experiential education. She recently completed a collection of short stories set in the 1990s and centered around rites of passage for women and girls in an emergent global America. The stories are connected through interrogations of normalcy, gender, class, race, nation, and narrative within the cultural and political milieu of the late twentieth century. Her newest creative project is a novel set on the Texas U.S./Mexico border, and she is also at work on a critical project that suggests new markers of the bildungsroman informed by studies in multi-ethnic U.S. literature and border theory. Dr. Anicca’s interest in the rhetoric of myth and fairy tales as a means of interrogating enduring, transcultural narrative frameworks threads through her critical and creative work. Her article in The Journal of Narrative Theory entitled “Cripping the Mermaid: A Borderlands Approach to Feminist Disability Studies in Valerie Martin’s ‘Sea Lovers’” argues for a reclamation of the mermaid figure through a feminist disability studies lens mediated by border theory. Her short story “The Sleeping Girl” explores the effects of hyper mobile narratives and bodies across borders. This work won Fairy Tale Review’s 2018 Prose Award, selected by Kathryn Davis. Her fiction has earned national recognition, including a Dana Award in short fiction and a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her stories have appeared in literary journals including Nimrod International, Passages North, and Santa Monica Review. She has been a fiction contributor to the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the New York State Summer Writers’ Conference, and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.


Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany M.F.A., New Mexico State University

Research Focus
  • Creative Writing
  • American Literature
  • Multi-ethnic U.S. Literature
  • Gender Studies
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