8/1/15 WINESBURG, INDIANA is now available! My story "Limberlost" is included in this collection of Indiana stories by Michael Martone, Valerie Sayers, Roxane Gay, Kate Bernheimer, and, and, and!

5/15/15 Liliane's Balcony receives First Runner Up for the ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD in General Fiction. (And a finalist for the Grand Prize and the Da Vinci Eye Design award!)

4/1/15 Skyping with a class at Georgia Southern U who is reading Liliane's Balcony. Hosted by superstar Sarah Domet.

3/2/15 Lovely new review of Liliane's Balcony at LOS ANGELES REVIEW: "Parker expertly weaves the real and imagined, fictional and historical, to create a sophisticated and captivating story that makes the reader think about the places they visit, the spaces they inhabit, and all of their interiors and exteriors in a fresh and exciting way." Thanks to Natalie Sypolt and the editors!9/15/14 Featured fiction writer at Connotation Press. Interview and new story, "The Most Secret Things." Thanks to CP and writer/fiction editor Meg Tuite!

8/6/14 New review at decomP magazine, beautifully written. Thanks, decomP & Spencer Dew!
"I found this novella to be remarkably participatory—as art history, as criticism, as meditation, as its own variety of group tour through this site and this history. In contrast to art as vision imposed, experienced inflicted, what has been designed here is a crossing paths, a haunting encounter, an encouragement to consider the building from various perspectives, to wander and imagine."

6/27/14 ‪Liliane's Balcony won Silver in the Literary Fiction category for the Foreword Book of the Year Awards‬

5/6/14 Liliane's Balcony awarded a Silver Medal in Literary Fiction by the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards - an IPPY!

4/8/14 New review at Redivider with possibly my favorite quote ever: "Parker is clearly brilliant." :) Thanks to Ryan Bradley!

3/18/14 LB named a Finalist for Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Award in Literary AND Historical Fiction!

3/3/14 Just back from AWP Seattle; now headed to UNC Asheville for a reading: "Novella Author Kelcey Parker to Read at Asheville March 6"

2/26/14 My very first podcast interview - with Brad Listi's fab Other People. We talk about how tall I am and how I played a bunch of sports and how that shaped my life as a writer.

2/19/14 The Short Curator recommends Liliane's Balcony: "...the story that emerges transcends the details of mere history or biography and is beautifully suggestive about how humans have the courage or foolhardiness to plan—and how life thwarts our plans." Thanks, Brian!

2/9/14 The amazing Valerie Sayers interviews me for The Rumpus.

2/3/14 Courtney McDermott's Review at New Pages: "Liliane’s Balcony is an architectural treat. Form and content are married perfectly in Kelcey Parker’s novella." Thanks, Courtney!

2/3/14 Laura Knight Moretz's review at Necessary Fiction: "The novella’s confluence of voices flow and reflect like water, and they are set off by liberal white space between each brief section, a backdrop of silence from which Parker’s poetic prose can speak." Thank you, Laura!

1/20/14 The Nervous Breakdown: "Kelcey Parker's Language Prose," a review by Micah McCrary: "She’s given us a story that, like water, falls ever so timidly—so slow at the start, and then, all at once, in a rush." Thanks, Micah!

1/15/14 The Short Review's Pauline Maisel reviews Liliane's Balcony: "This is a light, airy, deftly-written book. Its characters linger." Thank you, Pauline!

12/19/13 Review by Ines Bellina at Gapers Block: "The language itself is a thing to savor, more impressionistic than objective, though not deprived of wit.... It's a playful book, but a very heady one at that." Thank you, Ines!

12/17/14 Ryan Sanford Smith at White Walls Black Ink: "The cumulative effect feels enjoyably effortless, blending gestures both natural and meticulously constructed that intuit a thundering echo of the architecture of Fallingwater itself." Thanks, Ryan! :)

12/13/13 Christy Crutchfield's review at The Small Press Book Review: "A tragic story needs its breaks, and Parker gives us ample humor through tourists like Josiah Quimby, 'a man of high culture and Harley-Davidsons,' and The Daughter who judges everyone using a high-school-level Spanglish and is convinced that, 'someone in their group is la ghost.'" Thank you, Christy!

12/4/13 Review by Robyn Rile at Sundog Lit: "If one of the purposes of art is to freeze a moment in time, then this is what both Parker and Wright accomplish in the novella and the house; they preserve a perfect moment in our constant free-fall." Thanks, Robyn!

12/3/13 Book of the Week at Fiction Writers' Review!

12/2/13 Lovely write-up at Fiction Writers' Review: "These spare pages please and engage the eye, heart, and mind, like leaves in a chapbook. Liliane’s Balcony is a small elegant book in every way."

11/29/13 Self-Interview at The Nervous Breakdown

11/26/13 LB #7 on the SPD fall Bestseller List

11/20/14 "Novelist Explores Hidden Stories of Fallingwater" by Jessica Vozel in Pittsburgh City Paper

11/18/13 Thanks to Cooper Renner for this review of LB at Word Riot:
"Because Parker’s sense of character is so strong, and her language so fluid and flowing, the shifting foci do not cause the reader to stumble but instead pull her forward, eager to learn more of each character—as well as of the historical Liliane and Edgar—to watch the way these separate lives seem in some ways so similar and, often, so avoidably tragic." Thanks, Cooper!

11/14/13 Booklist featured LB for "Book Trailer Thursday"

10/29/13 Here are my picks for "7 Great Works of Fiction Inspired by Architecture" at Flavorwire

10/28/13 Starred Review at Publisher's Weekly
"Parker deftly weaves each character's spidery thread into a rich meditation on the natural and built worlds, the lasting and the passing."

10/24/13 Play List: Music for Liliane's Balcony at Largehearted Boy

10/15/13 Review at Booklist:
"Not unlike Fallingwater’s structure, which masterfully balances the man-made with the natural, Parker sculpts and controls myriad, nearly unwieldy elements to construct a driven plot that illuminates the perched house and those who live within it."

10/9/13 Short feature at Inside IU

10/8/13 Thanks to Gemma Alexander for this review of LB in Bookslut.
"But like the house in which it is set, Parker's novella-in-flash contains a genuinely touching human story -- several, actually -- equally deserving of attention."

10/7/13 Excerpt appears in Talking Writing.

10/7/13 Liliane's Balcony officially released!

9/6/13 Liliane's Balcony available for preorder from Rose Metal Press!

7/9/13 "Limberlost" nominated for storysouth's Milion Writers Award. Thanks to the editors at Booth for this recognition!

6/28/13 Rose Metal Press will publish my next book, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a collage-biography of a little-known Czech fairy tale writer. Yay!

6/11/13 Excerpt of "Postcards to Bozena," appears in Sou'wester's amazing Celebration of Women Writers issue!

5/15/13 Got my copy of the beautiful New Formalisms and Literary Theory, which includes my article, "Reading Like a Writer: A Creative Writer's Approach to New Formalism"

4/22/13 Just returned from the SOKY Book Fest, where I met The Fonz! Click here to read about it on my blog.

3/15/13 Fiction Judge for AWP Intro Journals Project. I love these winning stories and it was great to have lunch with the other judges and the journal editors at AWP, as the editors chose which stories to publish.

1/20/13 South Bend Tribune Article: Local Author, IUSB Professor receives statewide recognition

1/14/13 IUSB Preface Article: English Professor Kelcey Parker Named Finalist for Best Fiction Book of Indiana Contest

1/2/13 For Sale By Owner selected as a Finalist, 2012 Best Books of Indiana

12/2/12 Pushcart Nomination for my story Limberlost. Thanks to the editors at Booth for this recognition!

11/15/12 Thanks to everyone at Drake University for inviting me to the Writer's Harvest, and to the talented students whose work I read and heard. More here.

10/15/12 New look at ye olde PhD in Creative Writing BLOG. And new partnership with Talking Writing, featuring interviews with their writers.

9/14/12 Virtual Classroom visit at U. of Central Florida - via Skype! Thanks to Jamie Poissant for teaching my book and inviting me to visit. Did I look like the Wizard of Oz up on the screen?

8/3/12 Honored to have my story, "Mermaids," reprinted in the debut issue of Currents, the magazine of IUSB's College of Arts & Sciences. And a nice article about my work, pitting backyard barbecues against art and literature. Must one choose???

7/13/12 New story, "Limberlost," published online at Booth Magazine and inspired in part by Gene Patton Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost, the 1909 novel set at Limberlost Swamp in Indiana.

7/1/12 in PRAGUE! Studying Czech at Charles University's Institute for Language Studies

6/13/12 My blog interview, "How Anne Germanacos Became a Writer," has been featured by Wordpress on Freshly Pressed. To celebrate, Anne and I are giving away signed copies of our books.

6/4/12 Headed to NYC's Center for Book Arts for the Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminar For Emerging Writers

5/7/12 Interview at Southeast Review Online on being a goalie, wearing funky hats, and being inspired by Deb Olin Unferth, Caitlin Horrocks, and Gretchen Henderson. (Thanks to Forrest Anderson for the great questions!)

5/1/12 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation!

4/24/12 IUSB Preface article about my AAUW reading. Too many pics of me laughing. Clearly I was having fun.

4/18/12 "Janie" - excerpt from forthcoming Liliane's Balcony, published at Necessary Fiction.

4/12/12 Small Presses, Big Pleasures Donna Miscolta blogs about FSBO along with books by Caitlin Horrocks and Anne Germanacos. "These story collections, like so much other work by women, are anything but minor when it comes to illuminating the complexities of women’s lives and minds not just in the stories themselves, but in the forms and language the authors use to construct them."

3/28/12 New Review of FSBO at CultureMob - "If you tend to consider short stories to be literary snacks, then the stories in...For Sale By Owner...are more like tapas. They may look like hors d’oeuvres from the world of stay-at-home moms and their domestic difficulties, but when you bite into them you discover rich, savory morsels that stay with you long after you’ve moved on to the next bar."

3/15/12 New Pages Review of Notre Dame Review with mention of my "surprising and (sort of) hilarious" and "profound" story "Estate Sale."

3/5/12 Review of FSBO at Literary Mama - "the stories are utterly distinct, each distinguished from the others not just by specific characters and details, but through the voice, form, and style."

2/22/12 Gearing up for AWP
Panel on Story Collections and Small Presses - "Home Sweet Home" - on Sat 3/3 @ 4:30.
FSBO available at Kore Press Booth 822.

12/5/11 Pushcart Nomination: Kore Press nominated my story "Lent" for a Pushcart!

11/8/11 Thanks to Darrin Doyle and CMU for a great event! Check out Ben Harris's article: "Writer's Reading Packs Baber Room": “I was so excited. I bought her book and loaned a friend money to buy a book,” said Mount Pleasant senior Lee Szelag. “It was a wonderfully poetic form of fiction.”

10/29/11 Readings: Had a great visit at Bluffton U. in Ohio. Central Michigan University, here I come!

10/16/11 Shout Outs: FSBO on Dan Cafaro's nightstand at Atticus Books; Caitlin Horrocks reads FSBO at Writers Read

10/1/11 New Publication: "The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová" at Shadowbox Magazine.

9/1/11 New story published: "Estate Sale at the Interior Castle" at Notre Dame Review

8/15/11 Events - Check the 'Readings' tab for fall events!

7/15/11 New essay: "Spinning" at New Purlieu Review

7/1/11 For Sale By Owner Reviewed at New Pages
" . . . distinctly well-developed characters who are crafted with beautiful depth . . . an edge of suspense in every story that keeps the pages turning . . . "

6/1/11 Interview at Persephone Speaks - "Becoming a writer is not rocket science, but it's not magic either."

5/31/11 Longlisted for Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

5/12/11 WINNER 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award / Short Fiction

5/5/11 Review - Bookgeeks/UK
"Kelcey Parker . . . does more than just scratch the surface to explore suburbia further; she drills a well to dig down towards the core."

4/15/11 Review - CaribousMom
4.5 stars / "Wry, biting, and skillfully constructed, these are stories that evoke the darker side of domestic life and ask the question: What is a women’s identity apart from the labels which define her?"

4/4/11 Review - R.Smith, White Walls, Black Ink / 4 stars / "Are these stories hopeful? Nihilistic? Heartbreaking? Heart-affirming? Every sentence seems to turn where you think they’re going, which is the real key to this kind of reality, the one we genuinely recognize as our own."

3/23/11 Article "Characters as Confidants" - Grand Valley Lanthorn

3/3/11 Interview - IUSB
"At the time I was writing many of these stories, I was feeling the tension between being a mom and a graduate student, and particularly a tension with “mom culture.” By extension, my characters are women who have an uneasy relationship with motherhood."

3/1/11 Review - IUSB Preface
"Parker . . . uses the rules of language and writing like advanced calculus."

2/21/11 "New & Notable" - New Pages

2/2011 Short Article -  IU Homepages


Wed. Oct 7 University of Notre Dame
Thurs. Oct 8 at Indiana University South Bend
Winesburg, Indiana Reading with Michael Martone, Valerie Sayers, Joyelle McSweeney, Kelcey Ervick Parker

Thurs. Oct 29
Reading at St. Mary's College

AWP in Minneapolis
Signing copies of Liliane's Balcony at Rose Metal Press table 732 on Friday, April 10 (my birthday!) 10:30-11:30 am.

Saturday, 4/11/2015
01:30:PM - 02:45:PM
Room M100 A, Mezzanine Level
Panel: "From Gothic Ghosts to Gogol's Nose: 19th-Century Fiction in the 21st-Century Workshop"


Saturday, February 1 - in Denver
Workshop Instructor
From Fact to Fiction: Using Research to Write What You Don't Know 
Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Registration required.
The Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Denver, Colorado

Thursday, Feb 13 - Texas Tech  U.
Reading and Graduate Master Class
Texas Tech University
Sponsored by the Iron Horse Review

February 26 - March 1 - Seattle
AWP Conference Events

Thurs 2/27, 10:30 to 11:45 pm: RMP author Kelcey Parker will be doing a panel called “How Many Readers Is Enough” along with Valerie Vogrin, Allison Hedge Coke, Chad Simpson, and Kellie Wells in the Willow Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor

Fri 2/28 6:30 pm: Rose Metal Press authors Kelcey Parker, Aaron Teel, and Sierra Nelson will be reading in an offsite reading near the convention center co-hosted by Toadlily Press and Cortland Review at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 5th Ave.

Sat 3/1, 12:00 to 1:00 pm: Kelcey Parker will be signing Liliane's Balcony at the RMP table, R5.
Sat 3/1 1:30 to 2:45 pm: RMP author Kelcey Parker and RMP co-founder Kathleen Rooney will be doing a panel called “Please Mind the Gap: Innovative Approaches to Writing Historical Figures" with Caitlin Horrocks, Gretchen Henderson, and Cathy Day in Room 202, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 2

MARCH 2014

Thursday, March 6 - North Carolina
Reading sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta
UNC Asheville

Thursday, March 27-28 - West Virginia
West Liberty College
Lecture: Haunted Houses: The Architecture of Stories
Fiction Reading
Class Visits

APRIL 2014
April 7-10 in Ohio, baby.
Miami University
Master Class: The Architecture of Stories

SEPT 2014
Sept. 27 Pygmalion Festival
Lit Crawl: Booth/Pressgang/Rose Metal
Champaign-Urbana, IL


MARCH 2013

March 6-9 - Boston
AWP Conference
Panel Presentation
Sat. March 9, 3:00, Room 111 Hynes

APRIL 2013

Saturday, April 20 - Kentucky
Southern Kentucky Book Fest


October 7 - Book Release!
Liliane's Balcony, a novella set a Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.
ORDER from Rose Metal Press.

Tuesday, October 15 - in Iowa City
Reading from Liliane's Balcony at Prairie Lights at 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public
Prairie Lights
15 South Dubuque St. Iowa City, Iowa

Wednesday, October 16 - in Chicago
Reading for the Local Author Night Series
7:00 pm
Free and open to the public
The Book Cellar
4736 North Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Illinois
Friday, October 18  - in DC
Reading at the Black Squirrel at 7:00 pm. Event co-hosted by Rose Metal Press and Barrelhouse Books. With Dan Brady, Lee Klein, and Caryn Lazzuri.
Free and open to the public
The Black Squirrel
2427 18th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

Saturday, October 19 - in Baltimore
Reading from Liliane's Balcony in the 510 Reading Series at 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public
510 Reading Series
Minás Gallery
815 W. 36th St. Baltimore, Maryland


Saturday, November 9 - in Milwaukee
MMLA Conference
4:00-5:30 Open to conference participants

Thursday, November 21 - in Pittsburgh
Reading from Liliane's Balcony in The New Yinzer Reading Series at 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public
The New Yinzer Reading Series
Modern Formations
4019 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Saturday, November 23 - in Pittsburgh
Reading from Liliane's Balcony at East End Book Exchange at 7:00 pm
with Jim Daniels & Sarah Perrier (woot!)
Free and open to the public
East End Book Exchange
4754 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA


Sunday, December 15 - in Chicago
Reading at The Marble Room



Wed. Feb. 29-Sat. Mar. 3, 2012
AWP Conference
My book is available at the book fair: Kore Press, Booth 822
Panel - Home Sweet Home: Short Story Collections and Small Presses
Caitlin Horrocks, Amina Gautier, Shannon Cain, Adam Schuitema, Kelcey Parker (4:30-5:45 Sat. 3/3 Lake Erie, Hilton Chicago, 8th Floor)

Thursday, April 12, 2012
7:00 p.m.Reading and discussion
3001 Wiekamp Hall, IU South Bend
American Assoc. University Women
AAUW-South Bend, IN

Friday, April 13, 2012
4:00 p.m. Fiction Reading
University of Cincinnati

November 8, 2012
Drake University, Writer's Harvest


Tues./Thurs., Sept 13 & 15, 2011
Guest in Melanie Page's
Twisted Domestic Class
St. Mary's College

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
Holistic Moms Book Group
South Bend, IN

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
Reading and Class Visit
Bluffton College, OH

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
Reading and Class Visit
Central Michigan University



February 3-6, 2011
Author Signing, Friday 1:00-2:00
AWP Conference
Washington, D.C.

Fri.-Sat., February 11-12, 2011
Reading and Workshop
Taylor University
Making Literature Conference

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame University
Hammes Book Store

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Miami University
Oxford, OH

Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, 2011
Expo for Women
Century Center
South Bend, IN

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Indiana University South Bend
Schurz Library, 5th Floor Atrium

Sunday, March 13, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Hearthside Readers & Writers Series
Fiddler's Hearth
South Bend, IN

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Grand Valley State University
Visiting Writers Series
1:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall
Grand Valley, MI

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Western Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Cherry Hall Rm 125
Bowling Green, KY

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
St. Mary's College
7:30 p.m. Cushwa-Leighton Library


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