Kay Sloan

Kay SloanProfessor of English
Affiliate of American Studies and Women’s Studies



Ph.D., American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1984.

M.A., American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1979.

B.A., Sociology, The University of California at Santa Cruz, 1974.

Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing
  • Contemporary American fiction
  • Southern literature and culture
  • Women and film

Research Interests

  • Fiction writing
  • Women and the cinema
  • European dissident writers

Selected Publications


  • The Patron Saint of Red Chevys, The Permanent Press, 2004. Barnes and Noble Selection, Discover Great New Writers. Nominated, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for Best Fiction.
  • Elvis Rising (edited with Constance Pierce), Avon Books, 1993.
  • Worry Beads, LSU Press, 1988. Ohioana Award for Best Fiction.

Narrative Non-Fiction

  • Not Without Honor: The Nazi POW Journal of Steve Carano. University of Arkansas Press, 2008.
  • The Loud Silents: Origins of the Social Problem Film. University of Illinois Press, 1988.
  • Looking Far North: The Harriman Expedition to Alaska, 1899 (co-authored with William H. Goetzmann), Viking Press and Princeton University Press, 1982 and 1983.


  • The Birds are on Fire, Finishing Line Press, 2006. Winner, New Women’s Voices Prize.


  • Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema, 2003.

Grants and Awards

  • Rabbi Nussbaum Award for Civil Justice, 2015.
  • Faulkner Award for Novella, Give Me You, 2014.
  • Distinguished Scholar, Miami University, 2009.
  • Ohio Arts Council Grant for Fiction, 2005.
  • Ohio Humanities Council Grant, 2003. 
  • Ohioana Award for Fiction, Worry Beads, 1991.

Work in Progress

Sloan is currently working on a history of native white Southerners who resisted the violent racism of the 1960s and joined the Civil Rights Movement.