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Keira Shae in the Press

UVU Magazine

January 1, 2018

"I am very aware of where I come from, and I still often feel inadequate. UVU made all the difference in my education..."

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Thank you for Paying Taxes, Saving Lives

December 11, 2011

"Dear American Taxpayers, I am a daughter of a meth-addicted, uneducated single mother of six children. Since 1987, you have supported me as you paid your taxes. You are the sole reason I am alive today..."

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Thank you: Springville resident grateful for taxpayers

February 17, 2012

"It started as a Thanksgiving blog entry, but Springville resident Keira Scholz's thank-you letter to all taxpayers has generated media coverage on sites as far away as Florida..."

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Wikipedia - AML Awards

January 1, 2018

"The AML Awards are given annually by the Association for Mormon Letters (AML) to the best work "by, for, and about Mormons." They are juried awards, chosen by a panel of judges..."

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Keira Shae: Writer Survives the Unimaginable

May 1, 2013

"While other children were enjoying their summer breaks, Keira Shae recalls how she was being repeatedly raped by the 18-year-old son of her mother’s then-boyfriend at the age of eight in Utah County..."

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Hozho Project: Willing Truth Feature

"As a daughter of an uneducated and mentally ill single mother, times were tough. Then my mother succumbed to meth addiction and then prostitution to feed that addiction, and I experienced harrowing sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and neglect..."

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Abused in Happy Valley

"For author Keira Shae — who, as she put it, grew up as “the child of an uneducated, meth-addicted prostitute” — escaping her home life would require nothing short of a miracle..."

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Provo Promise Aims To Help Every Provo Kid Go To College

September 18, 2016

"A child of immigrants who’s worked hard in school but her family can’t afford to pay for college. A girl whose single mother struggles with MS. A child whose mother was deported when he was 5. A boy who needs a mentor and financial help to get him where he wants to be. These are all high school students in Provo who will benefit from The Provo Promise, a new nonprofit that seeks to pay for a college or vocational education for every child who graduates from a Provo high school..."

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2018 Finalist Nominees for AML Awards

February 15, 2019

"We are pleased to announce the 2018 Association for Mormon Letters Awards finalists in Creative Non-Fiction, Criticism, and Religious Non-Fiction. The final awards will be announced and presented on March 30 at the AML Conference, held in Berkeley, California. The finalists and winners are chosen by juries of authors, academics, and critics..."

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"How the Light Gets In" & The Art and Science of Scent -Top of Mind Podcast Interview with Author Keira Shae

January 4, 2019

"Keira Shae had a moment of viral fame several years ago when her thank you letter to American taxpayers spread across the internet. “I am twenty-three years old,” she wrote. “I am the daughter of an uneducated, meth-addicted prostitute who was the single mother of six children. Since 1987, you have supported me as you paid your taxes. You’re the sole reason I am alive.”"

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Book Review: How the Light Gets In

July 18, 2018

"With a meth-addicted prostitute mother with bipolar disorder, little food and never enough money, and four younger siblings who depend on Keira to meet their basic needs, her story reveals a vastly different side of Orem and Provo from the wholesome University town/suburban landscape most native Utahns or BYU graduates may remember..."

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Making the World Light for Others

December 1, 2018

"The trouble with reviewing a book like Keira Shae’s debut memoir How the Light Gets In is the reviewer finds himself in the position of assessing an account of suffering and survival, and in the case of Shae’s story of desperation and deliverance, suffering and survival aren’t literary topics for analysis, but states of being to be encountered, felt, and understood... "

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Desert Hills High School Author's Address

February 1, 2018

"Keira grew up in a poor family in Provo, Utah where she encountered abuse, drugs, prostitution, family separation, and profound poverty. As a teenager, she became a runaway and entered foster care. Keira eventually made her way to Utah Valley University where she was an Outstanding Student graduating with honors in Psychology..."

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Keira Scholz Addressed PCSD Staff

August 13, 2018

"At the recent PCSD kick-off meeting, the audience was pleased to welcome Keira Scholz as the guest speaker. Keira Scholz was born in 1988 and grew up in a poor family in Provo, Utah where she encountered abuse, drugs, prostitution, family separation, and profound poverty. She attended the following Provo elementary schools: Joaquin, Westridge, Provost, and Sunset View. As a teenager, she became a runaway and entered foster care..."

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New from BCC Press: Keira Shae Introduces Her Memoir “How the Light Gets In”

July 2, 2018

"On July 24, BCC Press will publish How the Light Gets In by Keira Shae. This memoir is the story of a girl growing up in a poor, non-Mormon family in the predominantly orthodox LDS (Mormon) community in Provo, Utah, USA..."

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Dear American Taxpayers, Thank You for Saving My Life

July 4, 2018

"Keira Shae wrote this letter in November of 2011 as part of a class assignment for a course at Utah Valley University. It was published in the Daily Herald a few months later and reprinted in several other newspapers across the country. It is reprinted as an appendix to Keira’s new book How the Light Gets In, which will be published by BCC Press on July 24..."

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God in the Dark

September 26, 2018

"Many people have told me that my memoir How the Light Gets In, published by BCC Press in July, is not a very happy book. They are correct. It is not a very happy book because it describes a not-very-happy part of my life..."

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On Loaves and Fishes

June 19, 2018

"I don’t know when I first heard the proverb about teaching a man how to fish and feeding him for a lifetime. But I’m sure it came from my Mormon neighbors when I was growing up in Utah Valley. My family was not Mormon, and we were very poor..."

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