Contributor Spotlight: Jayne Moore Waldrop

“View from Within” by Jayne Moore Waldrop appeared in Issue 16 and can be read here.

We’d love to hear more about “View from Within.”

This story was inspired by loss of place, both for the fictional prisoner and the many real people who lost their homes in western Kentucky when two of the largest manmade lakes in the U.S. were built just miles apart. Thousands of acres were flooded and lost, including homes, towns, rich farmland, forests, cemeteries and centuries-old homeplaces. I often wonder about the generational impact of this loss.

Recommend a book for us which was published within the last decade.

The Birds of Opulence by Kentucky writer Crystal Wilkinson.

If you could have a drink with any living author, who would it be?

Margaret Atwood. I like the way she thinks. And I love the way she writes.

What are you working on now? What’s next?

I’ve recently finished a novel in stories, including “View from Within,” set in the area where these major water and land projects forever altered the landscape.

Our thanks to Jayne for taking the time to answer a few questions and share her work. Read Jayne’s story, “View from Within,”  here:



Jayne Moore Waldrop is a writer, recovering attorney and former book columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage, Still: The Journal, New Madrid Journal, Minerva Rising, New Limestone Review, Paddock Review, Kudzu, and Deep South Magazine. Her stories have been selected as Judge’s Choice in the 2016 Still Journal Fiction Contest; as a finalist for the 2015 Reynolds Price Fiction Prize, the 2016 Tillie Olsen Fiction Award, and the 2017 Still Journal Fiction Contest; and an honorable mention in the AWP Intro Journals Project. A 2014 graduate of Murray State University’s MFA Program in fiction, she serves as literary liaison for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky.