About Shannon Li
Winner 2018 Purple Pen Award

Shannon Li won the 2018 Purple Pen Competition for her index to The Politics of Middle English Parables: Fiction, Theology, and Social Practice by Mary Raschko (to be published fall 2018 by Manchester University Press). The judges praised her index for meeting high standards of conceptual analysis and the knowledge she brought to the subject matter.


Shannon, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University, completed the University of California, Berkeley, course “Indexing: Theory and Application” in fall 2017, and her instructor was Heather Ebbs.  She presently lives in Cleveland Ohio, and has started a freelance indexing business, Li Indexing.In 2018, she was also a recipient of a Dream to Index scholarship to attend the American Society for Indexing (ASI) National Conference. Shannon is also a member of ASI and its History/Archaeology SIG.


Shannon writes about the book she indexed for her contest entry:


I was excited to work on a project that touched on several topics I studied in graduate school, particularly medieval Christianity. Because each chapter treats a different New Testament parable, I was challenged to ensure that the subheadings for these entries remained parallel across the index as much as possible.