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Untold Stories: Spring Showcase

This keynote lecture is part of Untold Stories, a two-part event that aims to bring awareness and healing to survivors of sexual or domestic violence or human trafficking. 

"Speak the Truth and Shame the Devil" Keynote Speaker and Luncheon

How the “Oprah” of the 19th century successfully used writing to process her trauma and to call national attention to a myriad of social injustices.

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2015 
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Mount Mary University, Helfaer Hall

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Limit: 120 Table Sponsorships are welcomed: please help support a survivor’s ability to attend​


 About the Keynote Speaker: Debra Brenegan:

Brenegan BookDebra Brenegan's work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and has been published in journals such as Calyx, Tampa Review, Natural Bridge, The Laurel Review, Cimarron Review, Milwaukee Magazine, Phoebe, RE:AL, The Southern Women’s Review, Knee-Jerk, Literary Orphans, Circa Review, and elsewhere. For her fiction, she received a Ragdale residency, and was a recent finalist for Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Short Story prize, the Snake Nation Press’s Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for a short-story collection, the John Gardner Memorial Fiction Prize, the Cincinnati Review’s Schiff Prose Prize, and the Crab Creek Review Fiction Prize. Her novel, Shame the Devil (SUNY Press), about nineteenth-century American journalist and novelist Fanny Fern, was named a finalist for Foreword Reviews 2011 Book of the Year Award for Historical Fiction. She has a Ph.D. in creative writing and is an Associate Professor of English at Mount Mary University where she is currently working on another historical novel – a prequel of The Scarlet Letter.