Coby-Dillon English

Lance Cleland

Coby-Dillon English Coby-Dillon English (they/them) is a writer from the Great Lakes. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, they currently are an MFA fiction candidate and Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where they teach writing and serve as the editor-in-chief and nonfiction editor for Meridian. They were a 2023 Tin House Scholar and a 2021 Periplus Collective Fellow. Their writing has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Best of the Net nomination, and PEN/Dau Prize nomination for best debut short story and can be found or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Salt Hill Journal, and others. Project Description:Counting Geese & Other Insomnias follows a family of disordered sleepers, from their creation to their dissolution, and beyond. This fragmentary novel-in-stories focuses on this family of not-sleepers, while also expanding to include a cast of characters and environments that disrupt the complex sensorial world that exists for the exhausted. A story of Indigenous displacement and ancestral hauntings, with considerations of how land and place influence our lifeworld, Counting Geese & Other Insomnias examines how people connect, with others, with themselves, with their environments, through exhaustion.