Fiction Writer Aimee Parkison Reading at Penn State Behrend

Fiction writer Aimee Parkison will open the spring Creative Writers Reading Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

A winner of the Starcherone Fiction Prize for her first book, “Woman With Dark Horses,” Parkison also has been honored with a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review, a Jack Dyer Prize from Crab Orchard Review, and an emerging writers award from Fiction International.

Parkison’s newest short-story collection, “The Innocent Party,” was published in 2012.  She is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she teaches creative writing.

Parkison will read from her new and published works at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in Penn State Behrend’s Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel. A reception for her will be held at 5:30 p.m.; both events are free and open to the public, and free parking will be available in the Junker Center lot.

Also appearing in the spring reading series will be poet Karina Borowicz on Thursday, April 18, and literary nonfiction writer Diana Abu-Jaber on Thursday, April 25.

Penn State Behrend’s annual Creative Writers Reading Series is produced by the college’s B.F.A. in Creative Writing degree program with support from the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund. For additional information call 814-898-6108 or visit