My comic series WELCOME TO SOUTH BEND can be found at The Rumpus.

In 2018 I began making a painting or comic each day, and I post many of them on Instagram. Read my essay about it: "The Habit of Art."


8/1/19 I have a comic about Pearl Jam in the Music Issue of THE BELIEVER.

7/9/19 "Mr. Answerpants" is my take on Pete Buttigieg's recent Mayor's Night Out in this week's installment of "Welcome to South Bend" at The Rumpus. (It's a comic.)

6/25/19 My comic series "Welcome to South Bend" debuts at The Rumpus. This installment--"On the Map"-- invites readers to locate South Bend, Indiana on a map (something I could not do until I moved there in 2006). The comic will run every two weeks.

6/24/19 My comic "Speak, Butterfly" about tiger swallowtail butterflies and Vladimir Nabokov appears in full color in the latest issue of Relief Journal. And that's my art on the cover!

4/12/19 Reading and release of DEFUNCT: A Resurrection--a book of my paintings and writings. It was hand-bound and letterpress printed in a limited run of 65 copies  by the awesome folks at Book Arts Collaborative. Check out the pics:

2/22/19 My painting, "Benjamin, I found this in a library book. It's for you," was selected for the Image & Word Exhibition at the Kaviar Gallery in Louisville, and will be there until April 6.

2/2/19 Thanks to Natalie Solmer and the INDIANAPOLIS REVIEW for this lovely feature. It's my first time as a Featured Artist (as opposed to writer), and in the interview I talk about making art every day, the new graphic novel (!) I'm working on, and how I tricked myself into calling myself a writer and how I am still trying on the title of artist.

1/10/10 My story, "There Once Was a Man" appears in the new & cool anthology, My Name Was Never Frankenstein: And Other Classic Adventure Tales Remixed.

1/1/19 Happy new year! Thanks to THE RUMPUS for publishing my visual essay,  "The Habit of Art: A Year of Daily Painting," which is about, well, what the title says.

11/18/18 Sooooo excited to announce that I'm co-editing with Tom Hart the Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. It's the fourth in their fabulous Field Guide series and I'm thrilled about the contributors we've lined up. It'll come out in 2021, which seems like forever, but it'll be worth the wait!

11/15/18 My essay about how much I love the novel Hhhh by Laurent Binet is in the latest and gorgeous issue of the Cincinnati Review.

8/29/18 I was interviewed about "Books I Hate (and some I love)" by Katharine Coldiron at Entropy.

7/19/18 My comic "Love or Death" in which I ponder the possible meaning of a dozen roses that I found on the river's edge was published in (the downloadable) Magnolia Review.

6/26/18 In different news: my painting, "Snake in the Grass," was purchased by the Anderson Museum of Art and is part of the 2018 Figures of Speech exhibition.

5/22/18 My summer class was cancelled, which means no money but more time for reading, writing, and painting!

4/1/18 I wrote a blog post: "3 months of making art every day: 12 thoughts!"

2/11/18 I've got a suite of four picture-stories, "It Was Not Love," published in the new issue of ILANOT REVIEW, the Pictures issue.

2018 New Year's Non-Resolution: Make 50 Pounds of Art. Inspired by the book Art & Fear and focusing on quantity as a  path to quality. Read my blog post, see some art here. I also joined Instagram so as not to wear out my Facebook friends with daily pics.

10/26/17 Amazing review of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová in BOSTON REVIEW. Thanks to Marcela Sulak for this rare approach to the book through the lens of Czech literature and Surrealism: "The collage aspects of Ervick’s book function in part by untethering time from its single direction, by separating moments of time and allowing them to exist, as moments, for all time."

10/25/17 Check out this podcast about all things Božena at Mr. Bear's Violet Hour Saloon.

10/23/17 Just back from teaching a Sprint Workshop on Hybrid Genres/Literary Collage at Miami University, and I blogged about  the amazing mini-books the MFA students made.

8/20/17 My comic, "The Fish" - a true story of a fish that lived through many of my recent life changes - is up at Nashville Review!

8/15/17 My story, "There Once Was a Man," is online at Booth and forthcoming in the Booth 11 issue devoted to Women Writers.  The story was inspired by Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and by true stories of women lighthouse keepers.

6/20/17 I made a short video for Superstition Review's Authors Talk series. I talk about artistic inspiration and appropriation. I read a bit from my story, "After the Lovers," which is inspired by Rene Magritte's painting, "The Lovers." 

6/15/17 My new graphic story, "Earthquake in Indiana," is up at Tupelo Quarterly.

6/13/17 New post about my week at the Sequential Artists Workshop is up at my blog, PhD in Creative Writing.

6/3/17 I love how Spencer Dew writes book reviews, and not just because he says nice things. He says thoughtful, smart things in gorgeous sentences. In the new issue of decomP, he calls The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová "a remarkable and subversive experiment in biography, in history, in literary criticism, and in autobiography."

6/2/17 I chose an old favorite by the Heartless Bastards for Coldfront's Song of the Week.

5/23/17 The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová is a Finalist for the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards!

5/15/17 Just returned from an amazing week at the Sequential Arts Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. Gonna make some comics this summer.

4/14/17 I got mini-interviewed at The Rumpus!

4/13/17 The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová wins IPPY Silver in the European Regional Nonfiction category!

4/4/17 A new review at New Pages: "“Though the setup of this book is almost like reading two books at once, take a deep breath, step away from the crowd, and tackle this book to learn about a fascinating 19th century woman.”

3/24/17 "How Cortés Conquered Mexico" - my postcard collage series is up at QUARTERLY WEST!

3/23/17 "Life Forms - a Reading List" - My list of recommended reading for life writing - biography and memoir - is up at PROXIMITY MAGAZINE.

3/1/17 Yay, my visual essay, "empty nest/emptiness," about my daughter leaving for college, is in full color in the stunning new issue of PASSAGES NORTH!

2/28/17 BOOTH X is here, and it's as awesome as it looks.

2/24/17 Thanks to Assay Journal for these recaps of the AWP panels I was on: Strategies for Writing Creative Biography and Turning Flash Pieces into a Novel, Novella, or Memoir

2/16/17 Thanks to Matthew King and REDIVIDER for this review of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová: “Every historian or biographer confronts the impossible task of reconstructing the past from incomplete information; The Bitter Life chooses to embrace those epistemological gaps and contradictions rather than paint over them with a narrative brush like most traditional 'biographies.'"

2/14/17 Thanks to Christopher Hopkins at KMSU in Mankato, MN, for interviewing me about The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, for asking smart questions, for editing out my uhms and awkward pauses, and for generally turning a terrifying prospect into a fun experience! [podcast link]

2/6/17 Because every book needs a mix tape. Here's my playlist for The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová at LARGEHEARTED BOY. [Pearl Jam, Damien Jurado, Plastic People of the Universe, & more!]

12/30/16 How to write a book you (I) never meant to write: my 'Research Notes' at Necessary Fiction.

12/29/16 A happy conclusion to 2016 with this stunning video and review of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová by Leslie Jill Patterson, posted on the PLOUGHSHARES blog.

12/16/16 Thanks to Lawrence Lenhart for including The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová in his fascinating essay on biographical collage at ESSAY DAILY.

12/14/16 An essay about my writing process - "My Postcards to a Dead Author" - is up at TALKING WRITING

12/9/16 Thanks to Al Rosenberg at CURBSIDE SPLENDOR for this cool review of Božena: "True fans of fairy tales, the kind that lure and snag readers into their dark depths, will find a similar sensation of desire and danger in this nonfiction collage of history."

12/6/16 Thanks to Melanie Page at GRAB THE LAPELS for this smart review: "A deeply intimate and creative endeavor, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová: A Biographical Collage could work beautifully in a classroom or on your bedside nightstand."

12/2/16 Pushcart nomination for "My Viking Name," an essay about my name change and my Viking ancestors, published in the Fall 2016 issue of the COLORADO REVIEW. Thanks, Stephanie G'Schwind and the editorial staff!

12/1/16 My collage series, "no other story in the world was more authentic," is in the "Theft" issue of the ILANOT REVIEW. In which the Spanish conquest of Mexico is viewed as a theft.

11/18/16 A nice review of Božena at ESCAPE INTO LIFE

11/17/16 Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the BOOK RELEASE PARTY at Lang Lab in South Bend - and for buying all my books!

11/14/16 Sarah Domet is reading Božena at BOOKPAGES: "I fully expected this book to be a cerebral read; however, I was surprised by the intimate, tender look into the lives of these two women. This book is simply gorgeous."

11/9/16 In which I lament the election and address "How We Talk About Women's Lives" at LITHUB

11/3/16 In which I talk about my Kafka tattoo at TNBBB: The Next Best Book Blog.

11/2/16 OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE FOR The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová. Handpicked selection at SPD (20% off all month). 

10/27/16 Excerpt from The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová published at B O D Y!

July 2016 Studying Spanish and working on a new project in MEXICO CITY. Check out pics of Aztec gods and art by Frida Kahlo & Leonora Carrington, and my imitations of Francisco Toledo on my blog.


June 2016 Took students from Indiana University South Bend to PRAGUE and BERLIN. 

4/29/16 New story, "After the Lovers," at SUPERSTITION REVIEW. An ekphrastic flash after "The Lovers II" by Rene Magritte.

4/27/16 Many thanks to CULVER ACADEMY for inviting me to be their guest author this week! I gave a short talk on "Ten things I Wish I'd Known about Writing When I Was in High School." Here's a nice write-up in which I look fancy in my blazer: "Learning to Embrace the Writing Process"

2/1/16Liliane's Balcony featured in MISSOURI REVIEW article by Jacqueline Kolosov on "The Novella."  In really good company with books by David Gates, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, and Andre Dubus III.

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August 15-17, 2019 - Chicago, IL
Northwestern University Summer Writers' Conference
Workshop: "The Habit of Art: How to Transform Your Writing Life Through Daily Practice"

July 27-29, 2019 - Oxford, OH

Miami University Low-Res MFA
Reading and Craft Talk: "Searching and Researching: Writing What You Don't Know"

July 5, 2019 - Scranton, PA
Art Exhibition Opening Reception & Reading

ArtWorks Gallery
503 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA

(exhibition all month)

April 12-14, 2019 - Muncie, IN
Reading & release of DEFUNCT: A Resurrection
a limited-edition, hand-bound, letterpress book
Book Arts Collaborative
514 E Jackson St, Muncie, IN 47305
The Madjax Muncie Building

March 27-30, 2019 - Portland, OR
AWP Conference
Thursday 3/27
12:00-1:15 Panel - Ecstatic Ekphrastic: When Images Are More Than Inspiration [Maria Romasco Moore, Bianca Stone, Dustin Parsons, Sarah Minor, Kelcey Parker Ervick]
1:30-2:30 Book Signing


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - IN

DIscussion Leader: Veteran's Book Club
Here, Bullet by Brian Turner

Schurz Library, IUSB 5:30pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Notre Dame
Panel: Game Narratives/Narrative Games
Matthew Roberson, Trevor Dodge, Mika Yamamoto, Kelcey Parker Ervick

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - KY
Reading at Georgetown College
Jo Shoop Symposium
7pm Ward Room Tiger Nexus Event

Monday, March 5, 2018 - IN
River Park Branch Library, Mishawaka
10:30 a.m. Book Talk

AWP March 7-11 2018 - Tampa, FL
Panel Thursday, March 8, 12pm:
“The Art of the Possible”: Making and Teaching Graphic Narratives and Poetry Comics

Panelists: Tom Hart, Bianca Stone, Nick Francis Potter, Lauren Haldeman, Kelcey Parker Ervick

Book Signing at Rose Metal Press table
Friday March 9 at 12pm.

Reading hosted by Noemi Press, Rose Metal Press, The Cupboard Pamphlet
Friday, March 9, 7-9 pm

Southern Brewing & Winemaking
4500 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Florida 33603

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Indianapolis, IN
Gathering of Writers

Workshop in Micro-Memoir/Nonfiction
Indianapolis State Library

Saturday, April 20, 2018 - Bowling Green, KY
SOKY Book Festival

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - South Bend, IN
One Book One Michiana
"How Memoir Closes the Distance Between Us"
Book Talk on The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

Saturday, May 23, 2018 - Evergreen, CO
Reading at Hearthfire Books



October 16-18, 2017 - Miami, OH
MIAMI UNIVERSITY Sprint Class on Hybrid Genres
7:30 PM Reading in Art 100 on Tues. Oct. 17

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Muncie, IN
8:30 PM in the Arts and Journalism Building (AJ) 225

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Mishawaka, IN
Veteran's Writing Workshop
1:00-2:30 pm
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Library


Friday, April 28, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN

Reading at BOOTH X - Anniversary Celebration

7pm, Tube Factory Art Space

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN


5:30-6:30 Opening Party
7:00-8:00 Reading

Friday, March 17, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN

How to Write a Memoir/Novella-in-Flash
Instructor: Kelcey Parker Ervick
Date: Friday, March 17
Time:  12-2:30 p.m.
Location: Jordan Hall 201 (Butler University)
Presented in conjunction with Butler Litfest
No charge for Butler students.
Cost: $50 nonmembers, $35 members

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Chicago, IL


7:00 P.M.
The Riverview Tavern
1958 Roscoe Ave.

Readers: Howard Axelrod, Josh Barkan,
Kelcey Parker Ervick, Reginald Gibbons,
Deborah Siegel

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Chicago, IL

Township Bar

Feb. 8-11, 2017 - AWP in Washington, DC
Thurs. Feb 9, 2017 at 9:00-10:15am
PANEL: "The Long from the Short: Turning Flash Pieces into a Novel, Novella, or Memoir"
Abigail Beckel, Lex Williford, Kelcey Parker Ervick,  Tyrese Coleman, Tara Laskowski
[Rm 206, Washington Convention Ctr, Level Two]

Thurs. Feb 9, 2017 at 10:30-11:30am

Fri., Feb 10, 2017 at 12:00-12:30

Fri. Feb 10, 2017 at 6:30-9:30pm
OFF-SITE READING with authors from Rose Metal, Cupboard, and Soho Press
1124 9th St. NW

Sat. Feb. 11, 2017 at 4:30-5:45pm
PANEL: "Attempting the Impossible: Strategies for Writing Creative Biography"
Kathleen Rooney, Sarah Domet, Anthony Michael Morena, Kelcey Parker Ervick, Sarah Blake
[Rm 101, Washington Convention Ctr, Level One]


Jan 18, 2016 - Ohio
Miami University Low-Residency MFA Program
"Of Fragments and Found Text:
Collage as Method and Form"

Mon. April 25, 2016 - Indiana
Awards for Excellence in Writing
"Ten Things I Wish I'd Known about Writing When I Was in High School"

Thurs. Oct. 27, 2016 - Tennessee
Tennessee Tech University
"Writing Women's Lives"

Sun. Nov. 13, 2016 - Chicago, IL
4pm Panel: "Beyond the Lines: Comics, Animation, Collage, and Re-Imagining the Book"
with Marnie Galloway, Scott Roberts''

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 - South Bend, IN!

LangLab, 1302 High St. South Bend

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