KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Aimee Parkison
Associate Professor of English,
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Aimee Parkison has received a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, and a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review. Parkison writes and publishes fiction and poetry. Her recent story collection, The Innocent Party, was published by BOA Editions’ American Reader Series in 2012. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her first book, Woman with Dark Horses, won the first annual Starcherone Fiction Prize. Parkison’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, So to Speak, Nimrod, The Literary Review, Feminist Studies, Mississippi Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, Cimarron Review, Santa Monica Review, Other Voices, Crab Orchard Review, Fiction International, Seattle Review, and Denver Quarterly. She is currently working on a novel.
LUNCHTIME SPEAKER: Melissa Makala
University of South Carolina, Aiken
Melissa Makala specializes in nineteenth and early twentieth-century British literature and teaches at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. Her essays have appeared in English Studies, English Language Notes,Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, The North Carolina Literary Review, Notes and Queries, The CEA Critic, and Gothic Studies. In 2011, she completed the first scholarly edition of Alice Perrin’s East of Suez (1901) for Victorian Secrets Publishing, and her book, Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2013), is forthcoming from the University of Wales Press. She recently completed a chapter on the Anglo-Indian ghost stories of Bithia Mary Croker and Alice Perrin in the collection, White Women and British India, and is currently working on a project which examines mixed-race relationships in the novels of Alice Perrin.