Writers Read Author Series 2016-17
Writers Read, sponsored by the Language and Literature Department, is a special event featuring authors who read from and comment on their work. Dates, times, costs and locations are indicated below (map of , , , ).
March 23, 2017 – Non-Fiction Writer Katie Fallon, 6:30 p.m., Common Grounds, freewill donation
Katie Fallon, a lifelong resident of Appalachia, is a nature-loving author who reflects this love in her writing. Her books of nonfiction include Cerulean Blue: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (2011) and Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, scheduled for publication in March 2017. Much of Fallon’s writing is grounded in naturalism and conservation efforts, especially concerning raptors and other birds. She is also one of the founders for the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., a nonprofit organization that strives to conserve wild birds.
In addition to her nonfiction nature books, Fallon’s essays have been featured in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Bark Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Now & Then, Isotope, Fourth River, the Minnesota Review, and The Tusculum Review. She has received recognition from Best American Science & Nature Writing 2014 and was a finalist in Terrain’s 2011 essay contest for her essay entitled “Hill of the Sacred Eagles.”
Though Fallon grew up in Pennsylvania, she now resides in Cheat, West Virginia, where she works at West Virginia University.