I have a Ph.D. in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Cincinnati and have been teaching at IUSB since 2006. I write fiction and nonfiction, but I don't always say which is which. My book, Liliane’s Balcony (Rose Metal Press 2013), is a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house, and it's full of facts and fictions. My first book, For Sale By Owner (Kore Press 2011), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. The stories take a dark but playful approach to domestic life. In “I Heard a Fly Buzz,” a bride swallows a fly at the altar. (Perhaps she’ll die!) “Domestic Air Quality” is a series of market-research journal entries that become a young wife’s confessional. And in “Lent,” a forty-year-old mother of three gives up her family for Lent.
As a teacher, my aim is to immerse students in literary study from a variety of perspectives - as creative writers, readers, scholars, editors, and publishers - which, taken together, enhance our encounters with the written word. In writing courses, students study narrative forms and write in a range of literary modes and traditions. My A399/A190 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity courses combine written and visual arts through collage projects, and students in those classes publish their own books of narrative collage. In literature classes, like my L381 International Short Fiction, we read sizzling stories, delve into genre theory, practice literary analysis, and compose our own short stories inspired by writers from around the world.
Author page: http://kelceyparker.com