Kay Sloan, a native of Mississippi, teaches creative writing and American Studies at Miami University of Ohio. She is the author of two literary novels, with a third, "Give Me You," nearing completion. Her first novel, "Worry Beads," won the Ohioana Book Award, while her second novel, "The Patron Saint of Red Chevys," received selection as a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great Writers" choice. Sloan has also published several books on American cultural history. Her first book, "Looking Far North: The Harriman Expedition to Alaska 1899" (co-authored with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann) was the basis for the PBS documentary, "The Harriman Expedition Re-Traced," re-creating the unusual voyage, on which she served as a consultant. She has made a film documentary, "Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema," based on her book, "The Loud Silents: Origins of the Social Problem Film."