B.J. Hollars is the author of nonfiction, fiction, and hybrid texts. His nonfiction work Opening the Doors: the Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa recounts the little-known behind-the-scenes saga that embroiled a president, a governor, and a civil rights leader.
In his other nonfiction book, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America, Hollars again looks at our civil rights history as he follows events that led to three murders during three different decades of the 20th century.
Sightings is Hollars' collection of short stories, which a Kirkus review called "an imaginatively sculpted collection." His hybrid text, Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction was published in the fall of 2014. It is a collection of historical drowning reports in Wisconsin. Some are factual, some are fictional, but all are tragically unforgettable.
Hollars is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.
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