At VCU, Meriah teaches a mix of research and writing classes for sophomores and freshman, as well as literature, creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, and a variety of topics in independent studies. Her wide-ranging research interests include trauma, point of view, and teaching and learning.
Meriah has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, and a PhD in literature and criticism from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Her work as a private investigator, spanning over fifteen years, has included investigations of shootings, murders, burglary, insurance fraud, auto accidents, backgrounds, counterfeit merchandise, patent infringement, and missing persons.
For more information about her work, including articles about writing, visit her website at www.meriahcrawford.com, or connect on Twitter:
@MeriahCrawford or Facebook: www.facebook.com/meriah.crawford.
We’re grateful Meriah joined us in our flash fiction foray.
What is this challenge?
Write a fifty-word flash. That’s it. However, the story must incorporate three randomly selected words and revolve around a single, overall theme. The words have been drawn and shared; letter, afford, and yard. The theme is despair.
A Killer’s Dream
Meriah Lysistrata Crawford
The letter “P” printed on hot pink paper was pinned to his chest with the broken end of a yardstick. TV told me there was a test to tell the type of printer. Of course, the county couldn't afford it. Killing without consequences in Cabot Cove was a killer’s dream.