Author Spotlight: Kali VanBaale

August 4, 2010

 

Born and raised on a dairy farm in southern Iowa, Kali VanBaale’s debut novel, The Space Between (River City Publishing, 2006) earned a 2007 American Book Award, the 2007 Independent Publisher’s silver medal for general fiction, the 2007 Iowa Reader Literary Award for Fiction and the 2006 Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novelist Award. The Space Between is the story of a wife and mother struggling to keep her family together after her son commits a high school shooting.

Her second novel, Mercy Road, is currently represented by Russell & Volkening Literary agency pending publication. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the anthologies Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, Voice’s of Alzheimer’s and Voice’s of Caregiver’s.

In 2009, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Council major artist grant to begin work on an untitled third novel. She teaches creative writing for Des Moines Continuing Education and is the Literary Advisor for The Modern Dickens Project, an innovative serial novel competition based in Des Moines. The Modern Dickens Project recently earned a 2010 Iowa Arts Council mini grant.

Kali resides outside Des Moines with her husband and three children.

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