Shawn Zubin

Fiction | Cleveland State University | Class of 2024

Manmade Lake is a collection of short stories for those readers who also ran off the bus after school and straight into their living room to watch Oprah with their mom. The short stories and novella in this collection cover similar topics Oprah interrogated during her daytime TV tenure: misogyny lurking in America, the invisible hand of the patriarchy, domestic dilemmas, and the constricting yet comforting feeling of home—just sub the couch for a lake. Northeast Ohio is the central setting of these stories, but it's the lake that draws the reader in, asking us to look under the surface.

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Shawn Zubin

Shawn Zubin is a fiction writer from a small town in Northeast Ohio, approximately 45 minutes from Cleveland, but everyone will say it’s only twenty minutes. Shawn focuses on the pernicious effect of the patriarchy, and she has an obsession with manmade lakes. She holds a BS in English from Northeastern University and now an MFA from the Northeast Ohio MFA program—a life-long dream achieved! She has served as the NEOMFA’s admin graduate assistant and has loved tweeting and highlighting all the amazing work from/to the NEOMFA community. One last plug: Follow @neomfa across all platforms.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

A book about cats I received for Christmas, wedding invitations, a jar of lucky stones, my never-ending to-do list, and melatonin gummies.

Your favorite place to write while in the NEOMFA?

Rising Star in Cleveland and The Social Study in San Francisco.

What are your favorite words? Why?

Allie will tell you it’s ennui or jejune, and I’d have to agree with her. Also, apropos.