University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Kelly J Beard

Gordana Lozo

Kelly J. Beard practiced employment discrimination law in the Atlanta area for two decades. She was recognized as a Super Lawyer, a Star of Atlanta, and as one of the nation’s Preeminent Female Lawyers, and received a certificate of recognition from the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for her service. In 2016, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work appears in Creative Nonfiction, Santa Ana River Review, Five Points, Bacopa Literary Review and others. "An Imperfect Rapture" is her first full-length memoir.

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Scheduled events:
Diamonds Forged, Then Polished by Life
Stephanie Land was a single mom forced to work as a domestic to survive. Kelly Beard was raised by Christian fundamentalists and remembers the poverty, violence, neglect and shame. Today, the authors of "Maid" and "An Imperfect Rapture" reflect on their own life journeys and how their writing helped them find light at the end of the tunnel.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kelly Beard, Stephanie Land
Moderator: Mary Holden
Living in the Extreme
A discussion from fiction to real life living about living in an extreme religious group and the impact that has on a person.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kelly Beard, R.O. Kwon
Moderator: John Kitagawa

An Imperfect Rapture
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Zone 3 Press
November 2018
ISBN 9780990633365
282 pages
$14.00, INSTORE
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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. "Written with the spare, sensual, and deeply evocative prose of a master, this brave and ultimately transcendent memoir is an absolute gem. More/less

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