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Kay Sloan

Writer, filmmaker, and English professor Kay Sloan was raised in Mississippi. She earned her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz before pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Sloan is the author of two novels, one of which, The Patron Saint of Red Chevys, was selected as one of Barnes and Noble’s "Discover" books. Her other novel, Worry Beads, won the Ohioana Award for Fiction. Her latest poetry book, The Birds Are On Fire, won the New Women’s Voices Prize, while her short stories, poetry, and essays have won awards and mention in the Best American Essays and have appeared in The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, Indiana Review, Literal Latte, Room of One’s Own, American Heritage, and The Paris Review. In addition to her fiction and poetry, Sloan has published three books on American cultural studies: Not Without Honor: The Wartime Journal of Claudio Carano; The Loud Silents: Origins of the Social Problem Film; and Looking Far North: The Harriman Expedition to Alaska 1899, which was co-authored with William H. Goetzmann and spawned a PBS documentary on the same expedition.

Sloan has only recently ventured into film: SUFFRAGETTES IN THE SILENT CINEMA is her first feature documentary. She is currently a professor of English at Miami University, teaching American Literature and Creative Writing, and has also taught American studies in Greece and Belgium as a Fulbright Professor. (10/09)

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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