Aimee Parkison will share the story behind her captivating and imaginative book, The Innocent Party, on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. The location has changed to McKnight Lecture Hall, Cone University Center. Please register for the event.
She is the second of four UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences scholars who will discuss their research and their books during this year’s Personally Speaking community series, co-sponsored by the college and J. Murrey Atkins Library. A reception follows each free lecture. RSVPs are requested to CLAS-Event@uncc.edu or 704-687-0082. Parking is provided. More information: http://clas.uncc.edu/ps
Critics have hailed Parkison as a new distinct voice in contemporary fiction. In a discussion characterized by her sense of imagination and creativity, Parkison will share details of a book that slowly peels away layers of social interaction to consider the magical, frightening and essential elements of life.
Parkison says she learns from her own characters as her stories progress, attributing her decision to become a fiction writer to a desire to gain control over elements of life. The book was published by BOA Editions, Ltd.; 1 edition (April 17, 2012).
Parkison is a fiction writer and a poet. As an associate professor of English, she teaches creative writing and is the coordinator of the creative writing program at UNC Charlotte. She currently is working on a new story collection, a screenplay, and a historical novel. Her primary areas of interest include fiction writing, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and film studies and women’s studies.
She is also the author of Woman with the Dark Horses (2004), as well as various fiction works and poetry published in literary magazines, anthologies, and academic journals.
Parkison regularly holds fiction reading and writing workshops at colleges throughout the country. She also will participate in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference 2014 in Seattle. As part of the Women Writing Violence panel, she will discuss how today’s literature often ignores the trend of “Women Writing Violence.”
Parkison received a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, and a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from the North American Review. Her first book, Women with Dark Horses, won the first annual Starcherone Fiction Prize.
Parkison recently has received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Prose Writing and a Hearst Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society for her current work-in-progress, a historical literary novel titled The Dumb Supper. The novel is set in Concord, MA in the 19th century, exploring the hidden sexual implications in parlor games and holiday courtship rituals of Victorian Americans.
She has a new book under contract for 2014, a short poetic novel called The Petals of Your Eyes, about kidnapped girls who become actors in a secret theater. 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.
“We invite the community to discover the stories behind Parkison’s book and the other fascinating books in our series,” said Nancy A. Gutierrez, dean of the college. “These talks further connect the community with the college’s faculty and their research in a way that invites conversation and exploration.”