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Kay Sloan

Kay Sloan, a native of Mississippi, is a novelist, poet and cultural historian.

Her first novel, Worry Beads, won the Ohioana Book Award. Her next novel, The Patron Saint of Red Chevys, was selected for a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers designation and also won nomination for an Alex Award and the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award. Twice a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council grant for fiction, Kay was Writer-in-Residence at Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center in 2011, where she began her third novel, Give Me You. Portions of the novel have appeared in Fiction and Nimrod.

Kay’s first historical book, Looking Far North: The Harriman Expedition to Alaska 1899? (co-authored with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann) became the basis for the PBS documentary The Harriman Expedition Re-Traced, a re-creation of that dramatic voyage.

She has made a film documentary, Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema, distributed by Women Make Movies. It’s rare footage of silent film comedies and melodramas animate some of the issues discussed in her book, The Loud Silents: Origins of the Social Problem Film. Her current historical project, We Were Not All Bigots, is a memoir of growing up in Mississippi during the 1960s.

Kay teaches creative writing, American Studies and literature at Miami University of Ohio. (8/14)

Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
A Film by Kay Sloan, 2003, 35 min., Color/BW

In the days before movies could talk, silent films spoke clearly of sexual politics, and in Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema, historian and wr...

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