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Karen Salyer McElmurray

Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction.  It was called by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “a moving meditation on loss and discovery of self.”  Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editor’s Pick by Oxford American, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing.  Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women and a variety of essays have appeared in a number of anthologies:  An Angle of Vision; Dirt; Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia; and To Tell the Truth.  She is at work on revising a new novel, Wanting Inez, which is about fortune telling, tattoos, the mystery of family, and the lost identity of land, and is also working on a collection of essays called The Land Between. 








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