Hiram College

karenmcelmurrayHiram College and the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature present a reading by writer Karen Salyer McElmurray, Ph.D., on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The reading will take place at noon in the Pritchard Room of the Hiram College Library. She will read from her nonfiction work, including her memoir “Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey” and her essays. McElmurray will also meet with several classes and have lunch with students.

In addition to “Surrendered Child,” McElmurray’s works include two novels, “The Motel of the Stars” and “Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven.” She was raised in Kentucky, and she has received multiple awards throughout her writing career, including Georgia Author of the Year in 2005 and Lit Life’s 2009 Novel of the Year for “Motel of the Stars”. In addition to her books, she has published essays in anthologies and journals including Revolution House, Iron Horse and The Kenyon Review.

McElmurray holds the following academic credentials: a bachelor’s degree Berea College, master’s degrees from Hollins University and the University of Virginia and a doctorate degree from the University of Georgia. She has taught creative writing and literature at multiple institutions, including Hollins University, Georgia College & State University, University of North Carolina at Asheville, University of Georgia and The University of Virginia. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Please contact Kirsten Parkinson, professor of English and director of the Lindsay-Crane Center, at 330.569.5323 for more information.

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