Xhenet Aliu

Xhenet Aliu received a B.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and is currently pursuing an MLIS from The University of Alabama. She enters librarianship with a diverse professional background that includes journalism, teaching, editing, grant writing, and research. In addition to her current work as a freelance writer and private investigator, she interns at the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Libraries, which house the school’s media archives, rare books, and political studies collections. In addition, she continues to write and publish fiction; her debut short story collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, judged by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer, and will be published in fall 2013.

Xhenet has a particular interest in archives and special collections, including folk and “outsider” art—work often created by and for those outside of normative institutions. In association with Project ALFA, she plans to study methods to improve access to unique collections to people with physical impairments and disabilities.

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