Alison Balaskovits

Loras College alumna returns to discuss recent book

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Alumna Alison Balaskovits returns to Loras College from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 on the library’s fourth floor for a reading from her book “Magic for Unlucky Girls.” The book won first place in the 2017 Santa Fe Writers Project. This event is open to the public.

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Balaskovits now resides in South Carolina. Besides “Magic for Unlucky Girls,” Balaskovits has different fiction pieces and essays that have appeared in the Indiana Review, The Madison Review, The Southeast Review, Gargoyle, Apex Magazine, Shimmer, and numerous other magazines and anthologies.

The 2009 Loras English graduate was awarded the New Writers Award from Sequestrum in 2015 and won the grand prize for the 2015 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards series. Balaskovits is also the co-editor in-chief of Cartridge Lit.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

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