Loree Westron

About me

I was born in the great state of Idaho and lived there until leaving university in the 1980s to see more of the world. Since 1988, I have been a permanent resident of the UK. In 2005, I completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester and I’m currently in the final stages of a Creative Writing PhD. As part of my research I’m writing a time-slip novel set in Idaho in the 19th and 20th centuries. My thesis explores the literature of the American West, particularly with regards to character, identity and landscape. I have written and published short stories and critical reviews, as well as travel writing in both the US and UK. Between 2005 and 2010, I taught Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth. Currently, I am an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester where I also serve as the editor of the THRESHOLDS International Short Story Forum.

From my website

Completion of PhD with Excuses and Explanations

The Lewis-Clark ValleyAfter submitting my novel and thesis for examination in February, sitting my viva in April, and resubmitting my work with minor corrections in May I returned to the States in the summer to travel through the Pacific Northwest - land of my birth - and reconnect with my…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Exploring Western American Identity, Pt 3

photo by Karen MurrayBelonging to the LandThe people we become – both in the sense of how we see ourselves and how others see us as individuals – depends on a multitude of influences: the families we are born into and our positions within those families; the friends we choose; our…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Exploring Western American Identity, Pt 2

The Quest for Native IdentityBefore any discussion of Indian identity can take place, one needs to ask what, exactly, is ‘an Indian’?  Hilary Weaver sets out the complexity of the Indian identity discussion:There is little agreement on precisely what constitutes an indigenous identity, how to measure it, and who truly…

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