University Press Week Panel ft. Nicole Perry, Jody Keisner, and Kristine Langley Mahler

About This Event

We’re delighted to host an offsite event as part of University Press Week, a conference running from November 14-18!

On November 16 at 7 p.m., the Raven will welcome a panelist of three authors from the University Press of Kansas, West Virginia University Press, and University of Nebraska Press to discuss their books, their publishing journeys, and more! Join us for this conversation, followed by an audience Q&A where you can pick the brains of the experts.

Attendance at Raven events requires a mask and vaccination against COVID-19. Thank you!


About The Panelists

Nicole Perry is the author of Policing Sex in the Sunflower State: The Story of the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2021. It has been named a 2022 Kansas Notable Book through the Kansas State Library and awarded the Armitage-Jameson Book Prize through the Coalition for Western Women’s History. Nicole holds undergraduate degrees in English and Humanities and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kansas (KU).  She currently works as a communications manager with KU’s SWIFT Education Center.

Kristine Langley Mahler is a memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska. Author of Curing Season: Artifacts, (WVU Press, 2022) and A Calendar is a Snakeskin (Autofocus, 2023), Kristine is the recipient of a 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council and her work has been named Notable in Best American Essays (2019 and 2021), received the Rafael Torch Award from Crab Orchard Review, won the Sundog Lit Collaboration Contest, and is published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and Speculative Nonfiction. She is the director of Split/Lip Press. Find more about her projects at kristinelangleymahler.com or @suburbanprairie.

Jody Keisner is the author of Under My Bed and Other Essays (University of Nebraska Press, American Lives series). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Los Angeles Review of Books, Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Brevity, Women’s Studies, Post Road, Threepenny Review, Literary Mama, The Rumpus, and many other literary journals and magazines. She writes for AARP’s The Girlfriend, and is the editor of The Linden Review, a journal of creative nonfiction focused on health. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Learn more at www.jodykeisner.com.


About University Press Week

University Press Week, hosted by the Association of University Presses, began in 2012 to celebrate and recognize the impact that a global community of university presses has on every one of us.

Next UP has been chosen as the theme for this year’s 11th annual University Press Week. The theme is meant to express the tireless work performed by those in the university press community to keep their books, authors, and publishing houses up to date in terms of the latest scholarship, ideas, best practices, and technology. UPs are incredibly creative at finding ways to make innovations in publishing work for them, their readers, and their authors. And Next Up reflects that spirit of constant learning, adaptation, and evolution.

Learn more about UP Week here.


Event date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
809 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Policing Sex in the Sunflower State: The Story of the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women By Nicole Perry Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9780700631889
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: University Press of Kansas - June 10th, 2021

Policing Sex in the Sunflower State: The Story of the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women is the history of how, over a span of two decades, the state of Kansas detained over 5,000 women for no other crime than having a venereal disease. In 1917, the Kansas legislature passed Chapter 205, a law that gave the state Board of Health broad powers to quarantine people for disease.


Curing Season: Artifacts (In Place) By Kristine Langley Mahler Cover Image
$21.99
This book is hard-to-find or out of print and we may not be able to get it. Email for more details.
ISBN: 9781952271656
Published: West Virginia University Press - October 1st, 2022

“An exquisite, aching memoir of adolescent girlhood. . . .


Under My Bed and Other Essays (American Lives ) By Jody Keisner Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781496230478
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2022

Jody Keisner was raised in rural Nebraska towns by a volatile father and kind but passive mother. As a young adult living alone for the first time, she began a nighttime ritual of checking under her bed each night, not sure who she was afraid of finding. An intruder? A monster? Her father?


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