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As part of the VOICES Reading Series, Karen Salyer McElmurray will read from her works on Thursday, December 6, at 8:15 p.m. in the Daugherty-Palmer Commons.
Karen Salyer McElmurray's Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editor's Pick by Oxford American, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Other stories and essays have appeared in Iron Horse, Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Riverteeth, and in the anthologies An Angle of Vision, Listen Here, Dirt, and To Tell the Truth. Her writing has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She has taught in the MFA Program at Georgia College, where she has been Nonfiction Editor for Arts and Letters, and in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University, as well as at Sewanee's School of Letters.