Kasey Thornton writes literary fiction about the culture of the American South with a focus on religion, family, mental illness, abuse, and grief.
She earned her BA in English from Elon University in North Carolina, and attended both the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and North Carolina State University for her MFA in Fiction. During this time, she had the opportunity to study with Wilton Barnhardt, Nina de Gramont, John Kessel, Cassie Kircher, Rebecca Lee, Jill McCorkle, Drew Perry, and others.
Thornton lives with fellow author Kevin Kauffmann in Durham County, NC, where members of her family have resided for over two hundred years. Her work has been featured in the Masters Review, Colonnades Literary & Art Journal, and Apeiron Review.
Her debut novel, Lord the One You Love is Sick, depicting one group of individuals’ efforts to live a modern life in a traditional Southern town, was published by Ig Publishing in November 2020. The novel was featured on The Million‘s Most Anticipated List and was longlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize.
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