Hi! I’m Brianna, and I’m thrilled to join the Sundress team as an Editorial Intern this fall. I recently finished my freshman year of college, and I’m eagerly awaiting to begin my sophomore year studying Shakespeare and contemporary writers at the University of Connecticut as an English major.
Although I spent most of my adolescence dabbling with poetry and novel writing, I’m a short-fiction writer at heart. Lately, my writing has been undergoing a metamorphosis; my initial love of realistic fiction recently branched out into uncharted, magical realism territory, and is filled with girls made out of lightning and an assortment of fairy tale creatures. Also, I have been studying the art of flash fiction and the importance of containing my writing into tiny, profound details.
My biggest literary inspiration is Helen Oyeyemi (particularly her latest short story anthology, What is Not Yours is Not Yours), James Baldwin, Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Ocean Vuong, Aricka Foreman, and many others. I am also in the process of compiling short-short fiction pieces that center around a postapocalyptic, fabulist world about drowning women.
When I’m not reading or writing, you can find me using chalk as a medium for my latest artwork, obsessing over Sherlock, talking about astronomy and social justice issues, as well as expressing my love for Broadway musicals.
Brianna McNish is an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut studying literature and film. Her fiction previously appeared in Juked, Unbroken, among others, including the 2016 longlist for Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions.