Thursday, November 7th, will mark the fifth occurrence of the Callaway Schoolhouse Fiction and Poetry Reading series, a low-key, biannual event arranged by Dr. Kendrick Prewitt. The workshop will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Moon House followed by the reading in the Callaway Schoolhouse at 4 p.m. This particular installment will feature Kellie Wells and Jessica Hollander.

Kellie Wells has penned two books and one collection of short stories. Her short story collection, Compression Stars, is a recipient of the Flannery O’Conner Award. Her books bear the titles of Skin and Fat Girl, Terrestrial. Wells has also earned the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writer’s Award in the fiction category and a Rona Jaffe Prize.

Wells’ short stories and excerpts of her larger works have been published in multiple literary journals including Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, The Kenyon Review and The Fairy Tale Review. Wells is currently a faculty member at both the University of Alabama and Pacific University. She is a teacher in the MFA Programs at both schools.

Jessica Hollander has had the honor of receiving multiple awards and nominations for her short stories and novels. The most recent awards she has received include the Outstanding Thesis Award in Creative Writing and the Alumni Fiction Award, both of which were presented to her by the University of Alabama.

Her nominations include the Short Story Collection Pushcart nomination for her work The Problem with Moving, the Best of the Net anthology nominations by Corium Magazine for First Blew the Wind, and two other Pushcart nominations for Silent Notes and Fantasyland. In addition to her awards and nominations, she has been a finalist in several writing competitions, as well as longlisted for Wigleaf’s Top 50 three times. Hollander, like Wells, is an instructor at the University of Alabama.

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