Kelcey Parker

Kelcey Parker

Associate Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing

Director of Graduate Studies - English 

Contact Information

Office Location: Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3167
Office Phone: (574) 520-4503

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I have a Ph.D. in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Cincinnati and have been teaching at IUSB since 2006. I write fiction and nonfiction, but I don't always say which is which. My book, Liliane’s Balcony (Rose Metal Press 2013), is a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house, and it's full of facts and fictions. My first book, For Sale By Owner (Kore Press 2011), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. The stories take a dark but playful approach to domestic life. In “I Heard a Fly Buzz,” a bride swallows a fly at the altar. (Perhaps she’ll die!) “Domestic Air Quality” is a series of market-research journal entries that become a young wife’s confessional. And in “Lent,” a forty-year-old mother of three gives up her family for Lent.

As a teacher, my aim is to immerse students in literary study from a variety of perspectives - as creative writers, readers, scholars, editors, and publishers - which, taken together, enhance our encounters with the written word. In writing courses, students study narrative forms and write in a range of literary modes and traditions. My A399/A190 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity courses combine written and visual arts through collage projects, and students in those classes publish their own books of narrative collage. In literature classes, like my L381 International Short Fiction, we read sizzling stories, delve into genre theory, practice literary analysis, and compose our own short stories inspired by writers from around the world.

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Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
M.A. University of Cincinnati
B.A. Xavier University


Creative Writing
Contemporary Fiction
International Literature
Women’s Literature
American Literature
Narrative Theory

Courses Taught

L681 Contemporary American Novels & Literary Traditions
W615 Graduate Creative Nonfiction
W511 Graduate Fiction Writing
L460 Senior Seminar: Contemporary American Novels
W401 Advanced Fiction Writing
W311 Creative Nonfiction
A399 Art, Aesthetics, & Creativity: Narrative Collage
A399 Overseas Study, Berlin/Prague: Dictatorship and Resistance in the 20th Century
L381 Recent Writings: International Short Fiction
L352 American Literature 1865-1914
W301 Creative Writing: Fiction
W250 Creative Nonfiction
W250 Writing Women’s Lives
L207 Women and Literature: This Is (Not) Chick Lit
W203 Introduction to Creative Writing
A190 The Art of Imitation: Poems, Prose Poems, Stories, Graphic Stories
W130 Principles of Composition



Available at Rose Metal Press, Amazon, SPD

For Sale By Owner

Available at Amazon


Liliane's Balcony, novella (Rose Metal Press 2013)
----Starred review in Publisher's Weekly

For Sale By Owner, book of short stories (Kore Press 2011)
----Winner, 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction
----Finalist, 2012 Best Books of Indiana, Fiction

Short Fiction

"Postcards to Bozena," Sou'wester, Spring 2013.
“Limberlost,” Booth (online July 2012, print issue Jan. 2013). Nominated for 2012 Pushcart Prize.
“Janie,” excerpt of Liliane’s Balcony, Necessary Fiction, online, April 2012.
“Three Women,” New Purlieu Review; online, January 2012.
"Estate Sale at the Interior Castle," Notre Dame Review (Fall 2011)
"Spinning," New Purlieu Review (July 2011)
Featured Fiction Writer at Talking Writing: Interview and excerpt from Liliane's Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater (Sept. 2010)
"Students Die, and What is Poetry?" Third Coast (Fall 2010)
"When To Hold," Commutability: Stories of the Journey from Here to There (2010)
"Fortnight in D Minor," Redivider (Spring 2010)
“Lent,” Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion (January 2009)
----- finalist for Backwards City Review 2007 Fiction Prize
"What Lips My Lips Have Kissed," Santa Monica Review (Fall 2008)
“Falling,” Bellingham Review (Spring 2008)
“Possession,” Western Humanities Review (Spring 2007)
"Culture Shock," Portland Review (Summer 2007)
“Ithaca” republished in anthology, Not Safe, but Good (vol. 2), ed. by Bret Lott (2007)
“Biography of Your Husband,” Sycamore Review (Winter 2006)
“Ithaca,” Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion (Fall 2006)
“Domestic Air Quality,” Indiana Review, Indiana University, Bloomington. (Winter 2006)
----- finalist for Indiana Review Fiction Prize


"Reading Like a Writer: A Creative Writer's Approach To New Formalism," New Formalisms and Literary Theory (Palgrave MacMillan 2013).

"'Something is wrong in the house' of Fiction: Gothic and Domestic Hauntings in Kathryn Davis's Hell," MP Journal, 2.5 (52-68).

Short Articles and Interviews

"Print and the Revolution," Talking Writing, March 2011.

Interview with publishers, editor, and contributors to the Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Flash Fiction, 2011 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Writer's Digest Books.

Interview with Brian Evenson: "Brian Evenson's Affliction," 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Writer's Digest Books.

Interview with Heidi Julavits and Gabrielle Zevin: "Pushing the Limits of Narrative and Truth,"2009 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Writer's Digest Books.

Review of Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: “Great Expectations,” The Cincinnati Review, 4.2, Winter 2008, (194-198).

Interview with Bret Lott: “Spanning the Transom, from Jewel to The Southern Review,” 2007 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, Writer’s Digest Books.

Interview with Joanna Scott: “The Unreliable Narrator and ‘this inability to tell the simple truth,’” 2006 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, Writer’s Digest Books.


Director, Creative Writing Program (2007-present)
European Studies Committee (2009-present)
American Studies Committee (2009-present)
Student Publications Board (2006-present)
Women’s Studies Governing Board (2007-10)
Probation, Dismissal, and Readmission Committee (2008-2010)
Art, Aesthetics, & Creativity Committee, General Education Curriculum (2007-08)
Art, Aesthetics, & Creativity: English Department Curriculum Leader (2009-present)
Faculty Advisor for Analecta, IU South Bend’s literary journal (2006-2011)

Honors and Awards

2012 Finalist, Best Books of Indiana for For Sale By Owner
2012 Pushcart Nomination for "Limberlost"
2011 Pushcart Nomination for "Lent"
2011 Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction for For Sale By Owner
2010 Finalist, New American Fiction Prize for Liliane's Balcony
2010 Finalist, Italo Calvino Prize, University of Louisville, for "Maugham's Head"
2009 Artist of the Month, Image Journal (November)

Grants and Fellowships

2012 Language Learning Grant, OVPIA
2012 Promise Award, Sustainable Arts Foundation
2012 Emerging Writer Letterpres Workshop Participant, Center for Book Arts, NYC
2011 Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission
2011 Trustees' Teaching Award
2010 IUSB Strategic Initiatives Grant for Center for Excellence in Literary Arts & Publishing
2010 Curriculum Development Grant for Berlin-Prague Study Abroad Program
2010 IU Overseas Study Development Grant
2009 Trustees' Teaching Award
2007 Faculty Research Grant, IU South Bend