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Annual Symposium Features Award-Winning Author

Annual Jo Shoop Symposium Features Award-Winning Author

Submitted on February 16, 2018

Award-winning author Kelcey Parker Ervick is the 2018 presenter for the annual Jo Shoop Symposium hosted by Georgetown College’s Department of English. Her most recent work is The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a hybrid of biography, memoir, and art published by Rose Metal Press. Ervick will speak on campus Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Ward Room of the College’s Ensor Learning Resource Center. Her talk is open to the general public as well as students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The speaker is an associate professor of English at Indiana University South Bend where she teaches creative writing and literary collage and directs the graduate program in Creative Writing. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Ervick’s stories, essays, and collages have appeared in Colorado Review, Passages North, Notre Dame Review, Image, Quarterly West, Booth, Illanot Review, the Common, and Western Humanities Review, among many others. She has received grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Her first book, a collection of stories called For Sale By Owner, published by Kore Press, won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in short fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. Her second book, Liliane’s Balcony, published by Rose Metal Press, is a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. It won silver awards for the Independent Publishers, Forward, and Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

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