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Erica Massey

Erica Massey

Born and raised in Texas, Erica Massey is a lecturer in English and Communications at Western Colorado University where she teaches, among other things, Literary Culture of the American West. Her other specialties include minority literature, digital humanities, and 20th and 21st century American literature. She publishes and speaks regularly at conferences on issues of diversity in literary and cultural production in a digital world.

Stories by Erica Massey


Erica Massey

Warren Lane had his mother’s eyes and his father’s nose and on his face they were still a family.

In reality, they hadn’t been a family for long. A Texas cattleman’s daughter and a half-Black half-Navajo rodeo star could hardly settle their differences for any real stretch of time. They laid them aside long enough for Warren to be born, and then picked them right back up again.

A year after his birth, Warren’s father rejoined the rodeo circuit, and his Mama fell to pieces, and his grandfather more or less took over Warren’s raising. Read the full story HERE>>