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Mississippi Book Festival : A Literary Lawn Party

Last updated: 06-16-2019

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Karen Abbott
Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. A native of...
Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.​
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Natalie Adams
Natalie Adams is the co-author (with James Adams) of Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi. She is a professor at the University of Alabama, holding a joint appointment in New College and the College of Education. Natalie is the co-author of...
Natalie Adams is the co-author (with James Adams) of Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi. She is a professor at the University of Alabama, holding a joint appointment in New College and the College of Education. Natalie is the co-author of Cheerleader! An American Icon and Learning to Teach: A Critical Approach to Field Experiences and co-editor of Geographies of Girlhood: Identities In-Between. She is the chair-elect of the Board of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and the Coordinator of the Levitetz Leadership program at the University of Alabama, which provides $100,000 a year to students in scholarships, seed grants for entrepreneurial projects, and stipends for unpaid internships. She has also served as the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama and as Director of New College.
Kathi Appelt
Kathi Appelt is the New York Times best-selling author of more than fifty books for children and young adults. Her first novel, The Underneath, was named a National Book Award Finalist, a Newbery Honor Book, and the PEN USA Literature for Children Award. Her memoir, My...
Kathi Appelt is the New York Times best-selling author of more than fifty books for children and young adults.
Her first novel, The Underneath, was named a National Book Award Finalist, a Newbery Honor Book, and the PEN USA Literature for Children Award. Her memoir, My Father’s Summers, won the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Poetry. Ms. Appelt was presented with the A.C. Greene Award by the Friends of Abilene Public Library, which named her a “Texas Distinguished Author.”
Her novel, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, was named a National Book Award Finalist and won the Green Earth Award, the Texas Institute of Letters Award, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award.
Her novel, Maybe a Fox (co-written with Alison McGhee) won the Jean Flynn Award given by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was also named to the Texas Bluebonnet Master List. Angel Thieves, her newest book, is her first young adult novel. And her newest picture book, Max Attacks, has garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.
She and her husband Ken live in College Station, TX with five adorable cats, Django, Peach, Mingus, Chica, and Ace. For more information, check her website: www.kathiappelt.com.
Derrick Barnes
Derrick Barnes wrote the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. He owns the copy-writing...
Derrick Barnes wrote the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. He owns the copy-writing company Say Word Creative Communications and created the popular blog Raising the Mighty, where he “chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful Black boys in America.” He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their four sons.
Jim Beaugez
Jim Beaugez is a contributor to Rolling Stone, Guitar Player and other music and audio media. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and his profile of Greg Iles from Guitar Aficionado...
Jim Beaugez is a contributor to Rolling Stone, Guitar Player and other music and audio media. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and his profile of Greg Iles from Guitar Aficionado appears in the paperback edition of the author’s bestselling novel Mississippi Blood.
Melanie Benjamin
Melanie Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next...
Melanie Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
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Chanelle Benz
Chanelle Benz has published short stories in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was...
Chanelle Benz has published short stories in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was published in 2017 by Ecco. It was named a Best Book of 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of Electric Literature’s 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017. It was also longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She currently lives in Memphis, where she teaches at Rhodes College. The Gone Dead is her debut novel.
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Lovejoy Boteler
I grew up on Riverdale Farms, eight hundred and fifty three prime acres in northern Grenada County, Mississippi. Although farming is in my DNA, I majored in instrumental music at Delta State University, and throughout my life have been involved with composing or performing music in one way...
I grew up on Riverdale Farms, eight hundred and fifty three prime acres in northern Grenada County, Mississippi. Although farming is in my DNA, I majored in instrumental music at Delta State University, and throughout my life have been involved with composing or performing music in one way or another.
After college I briefly served as a clerk for the Mississippi Legislature. Then I worked as a deck hand on a Mississippi River towboat, the Greenville, and for a while I was a rodeo hand in Estes Park, Colorado. Back in Mississippi, I took a job with the National Association of Home Builders and taught construction skills to disadvantaged youths, a position I held for thirteen years.
Late in my teaching career I shifted focus to my original college degree and taught instrumental music to students in Amite and Scott counties, Mississippi. The highlight of this tenure was accepting an invitation for my band students to march in the 2010 Rex Parade in New Orleans.
Today I build custom furniture and write narrative nonfiction. My first book, Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard, was published in 2019 by UPM. I am married with two adult children.
Hank Burdine
Hank Burdine was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He was a road builder and gentleman farmer. After a sixteen-year walkabout with his family in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Southern Colorado and the Emerald Coast of the Florida...
Hank Burdine was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He was a road builder and gentleman farmer. After a sixteen-year walkabout with his family in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Southern Colorado and the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle, Hank returned home to his beloved Delta where he lives on his farm. His late wife, Sallie, always said, “Hank never really left the Delta as he returned often to water his roots.” Highly involved with the Mississippi River, he serves as a Commissioner on the Mississippi Levee Board. Hank has co-authored Panther Tract: Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Delta with Melody Golding and Mississippi Delta, The Flood of 2011 and The Delta, Landscapes, Legends and Legacies of Mississippi’s Most Storied Region with Coopwood Publishing and Delta Magazine.
Candace Bushnell
Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Four Blondes, Summer and the City, and Killing Monica. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the...
Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Four Blondes, Summer and the City, and Killing Monica. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW. Her most recent book is Is There Still Sex in the City? (published in August by Grove Press).
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Jimmy Cajoleas
Jimmy Cajoleas was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He spent years traveling the country playing music before earning his MFA from the University of Mississippi. He lives in New York.
Jimmy Cajoleas was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He spent years traveling the country playing music before earning his MFA from the University of Mississippi. He lives in New York.
James T. Campbell
James T. Campbell is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University and co-author, with Elaine Owens, of Mississippi Witness: The Photographs of Florence Mars. His previous books include Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa,...
James T. Campbell is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University and co-author, with Elaine Owens, of Mississippi Witness: The Photographs of Florence Mars. His previous books include Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005, a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History, and Race, Nation and Empire in American History. A committed public historian, Campbell has worked as a consulting historian for numerous documentary films, curricular projects, and museum exhibitions, including the ‘Power of Place’ exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. is a historian and lawyer in New York City. A native of Tucson, Arizona, he holds degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and Yale Law School. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Policy.
Mamta Chaudhry
Mamta Chaudhry’s fiction, poetry, and feature articles have been published in the Miami Review, The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Writer’s Digest, and The Rotarian, among others. She lives with her husband in Coral Gables, Florida, and...
Mamta Chaudhry’s fiction, poetry, and feature articles have been published in the Miami Review, The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Writer’s Digest, and The Rotarian, among others. She lives with her husband in Coral Gables, Florida, and they spend part of each year in India and France. Haunting Paris is her first novel.
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Tena Clark
As a songwriter and producer Tena Clark has worked with some of the biggest stars in music, including Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Holliday, Gladys Knight, and many more. She has been commissioned to write theme songs for NASA and Hillary...
As a songwriter and producer Tena Clark has worked with some of the biggest stars in music, including Aretha Franklin, Maya Angelou, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Holliday, Gladys Knight, and many more. She has been commissioned to write theme songs for NASA and Hillary Clinton. Clark is CEO/Chief Creative Officer for DMI Music & Media Solutions. As pioneer, thought-leader, and innovator, DMI is at the forefront of entertainment and music marketing. She lives in a rural community outside of Atlanta with her partner Michelle.
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Maude Schuyler Clay
Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she assisted the photographer William Eggleston. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The National...
Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she assisted the photographer William Eggleston. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and the High Museum, Atlanta, among others. The University Press of Mississippi published her monograph Delta Land in 1999, which received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award in 2000, and Delta Dogs, which received the award in 2014. She was the Photography Editor of the literary magazine The Oxford American from 1998-2002. Her book, Mississippi History, with a foreword by Richard Ford, was published in 2015 by Steidl, who will also publish a new Landscapes book in 2019. A collaboration with poet Ann Fisher-Wirth called Mississippi came out in 2018. There will be a major retrospective of her work at the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2020. She continues to live and work in the Delta.
Michael Dobbs
Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, but is now a U.S. citizen. He was a long-time reporter for The Washington Post, covering the collapse of communism as a foreign correspondent. He has taught at leading American universities, including Princeton, the University of...
Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, but is now a U.S. citizen. He was a long-time reporter for The Washington Post, covering the collapse of communism as a foreign correspondent. He has taught at leading American universities, including Princeton, the University of Michigan, and Georgetown. He is currently on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His previous books include the bestselling One Minute to Midnight on the Cuban missile crisis, which was part of an acclaimed Cold War trilogy. He lives outside Washington, D.C.
Eric Jay Dolin
Eric Jay Dolin is the author of thirteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime...
Eric Jay Dolin is the author of thirteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book before Black Flags, Blue Waters is Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, which was chosen by gCaptain and Classic Boat as one of the best maritime books of 2016. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.
Timothy Duffy
Timothy Duffy’s photography is held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Morris Museum of Art, among other museums and institutions. With his wife, Denise, he is cofounder of the Music Maker...
Timothy Duffy’s photography is held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Morris Museum of Art, among other museums and institutions. With his wife, Denise, he is cofounder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
William Dunlap
William Dunlap is a painter and writer who occasionally comments in print and on public television about Art, its causes, effects, and consequences. Dunlap has an MFA from the University of Mississippi (’69) and “coached” art (he claims you can’t really teach it) at Appalachian...
William Dunlap is a painter and writer who occasionally comments in print and on public television about Art, its causes, effects, and consequences.
Dunlap has an MFA from the University of Mississippi (’69) and “coached” art (he claims you can’t really teach it) at Appalachian State University.
Currently, Mr. Dunlap is a working, exhibiting artist afoot in the land and is, to date, getting away with it. His work in is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Mississippi Museum of Art, The Morris Museum, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and The Gibbes Museum, among others.
His books include Homecomings, a collaboration with Willie Morris and Dunlap, a monograph of his work, both published by the University Press of Mississippi; Short Mean Fiction: Words and Pictures, published by Nautilus Press, and most recently, Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster published by the University Press of Mississippi (2019) with an introduction by Jane Livingston.
Bill readily admits to being the third best artist in his family and at present he is working on his second volume of short stories, Lying and Making a Living: Fiction with Footnotes.
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Glory Edim
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist...
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received the 2017 Innovator’s Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for her work as a literary advocate. She serves on the board of New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Helen Ellis
Helen Ellis is the author of American Housewife and Eating the Cheshire Cat. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and Instagram @American Housewife. Photo by Lara Magzan Photography
Helen Ellis is the author of American Housewife and Eating the Cheshire Cat. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and Instagram @American Housewife.
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W. Ralph Eubanks
W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South. The essay “The Past Is Just Another Name for Today” appears...
W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South. The essay “The Past Is Just Another Name for Today” appears in Southern Writers on Writing and a forthcoming essay on the life and legacy of Mahalia Jackson will appear next spring in Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community-Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. His essays and criticism have been published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, NPR, WIRED, and The New Yorker. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi.
Jelani M. Favors
Jelani M. Favors is associate professor of history at Clayton State University.
Jelani M. Favors is associate professor of history at Clayton State University.
Beth Ann Fennelly
Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has...
Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, and three books of prose: a book of nonfiction, Great with Child; The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin; and most recently, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, an Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Book. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.
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Ann Fisher-Wirth
Ann Fisher-Wirth’s sixth book of poems is The Bones of Winter Birds, chosen in Terrapin Books’ open reading period and published in 2019. Her fifth book, Mississippi, is a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press 2018). Ann is coeditor, with...
Ann Fisher-Wirth’s sixth book of poems is The Bones of Winter Birds, chosen in Terrapin Books’ open reading period and published in 2019. Her fifth book, Mississippi, is a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press 2018). Ann is coeditor, with Laura-Gray Street, of The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP 2013). She has received a MIAL Poetry Award and two MAC Poetry Fellowships, a Rita Dove Poetry Prize, and a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, and has had residencies at Djerassi, The Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook, and CAMAC/France. Recipient of a senior Fulbright to Switzerland and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair award to Sweden, she is a senior fellow of the Black Earth Institute and was 2017 Poet in Residence at Randolph College. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, where she also directs the Environmental Studies program—and she teaches yoga in Oxford, Mississippi.
Michael Ford
Michael Ford is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. He is also the proprietor of Yellow Cat Productions, an award-winning media production company based in Washington, D.C.
Michael Ford is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. He is also the proprietor of Yellow Cat Productions, an award-winning media production company based in Washington, D.C.
Richard Ford
Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day—the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—The Lay of the Land, and New York Times bestseller Let Me Be Frank with...
Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day—the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—The Lay of the Land, and New York Times bestseller Let Me Be Frank with You. His other works include bestselling novel Canada and the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories and most recently his only work of non-fiction, Between Them: Remembering My Parents. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife Kristina Ford.
Josh Foreman
Josh Foreman grew up in the Jackson, Miss., area. He is an eleventh-generation Southerner and a sixth-generation Mississippian. From 2005-2014 he lived abroad, traveled, wrote and taught. He holds degrees from Mississippi State University and the University of New Hampshire. In the fall of...
Josh Foreman grew up in the Jackson, Miss., area. He is an eleventh-generation Southerner and a sixth-generation Mississippian. From 2005-2014 he lived abroad, traveled, wrote and taught. He holds degrees from Mississippi State University and the University of New Hampshire. In the fall of 2019 he will join the Communication Department at Mississippi State as an instructor. He and Ryan Starrett are the authors of Hidden History of Jackson (2018), Hidden History of the Mississippi Sound (2019), and Hidden History of New Orleans (2020).
Tom Franklin
Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was nominated for nine awards and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous...
Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was nominated for nine awards and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include the Edgar-winning story, Poachers, from the collection under the same title, as well as The Tilted World, which he co-authored with Beth Ann Fennelly, Hell at the Breech, and Smonk. Winner of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
Shennette Garrett-Scott
Shennette (pronounced shuh-NET) Garrett-Scott is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her first book: Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal. Banking on Freedom tells the story of the St....
Shennette (pronounced shuh-NET) Garrett-Scott is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her first book: Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal. Banking on Freedom tells the story of the St. Luke Bank: the first and only bank organized and run by African American women, women who transformed the teller cage and boardroom into sites of activism and resistance. Banking on Freedom reveals how African American women shaped—and were shaped by—U.S. finance and capitalism from the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression. An award-winning author, her research and writings focus on race, gender, and capitalism. She is currently at work on a book-length project looking at modern slavery, gangsters, and bootlegging in the 1920s Mid-South. Dr. Garrett-Scott is featured in the PBS documentary BOSS: The Black Experience in Business. Follow her on Twitter at @EbonRebel.
Melody Golding
Melody Golding is an author, photographer and artist living in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History Archives Center acquired her solo documentary exhibit; Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember and also her documentary photography and oral...
Melody Golding is an author, photographer and artist living in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History Archives Center acquired her solo documentary exhibit; Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember and also her documentary photography and oral history project on Panther Tract: Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Delta. Her photographs are on display in the Congressional Hearing Room at the Department of Homeland Security and have been featured in solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and at numerous universities, colleges and museums.
Melody’s three books published by The University Press of Mississippi are; Katrina; Mississippi Women Remember, Panther Tract; Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Delta and Life Between the Levees - released spring 2019. Her photography has also been published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, Journal of Women’s Studies.
Her work has been featured and published by the Royal Photographic Society Awards Journal, London England. Her work is in private and public collections and she has written for various statewide publications.
Melody received her BFA from Mississippi State University.
Juliet Grames
Juliet Grames was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in a tight-knit Italian-American family. A book editor, she has spent the last decade at Soho Press, where she is associate publisher and curator of the Soho Crime imprint. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna...
Juliet Grames was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in a tight-knit Italian-American family. A book editor, she has spent the last decade at Soho Press, where she is associate publisher and curator of the Soho Crime imprint. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna published by Ecco is her first novel.
Shannon Greenland
Shannon Greenland grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in...
Shannon Greenland grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog.
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Matthew Guinn
Novelist Matthew Guinn is the author of The Resurrectionist, The Scribe, and a forthcoming novel set on the Natchez Trace in the antebellum era. He is associate professor of creative writing at Belhaven University.
Novelist Matthew Guinn is the author of The Resurrectionist, The Scribe, and a forthcoming novel set on the Natchez Trace in the antebellum era. He is associate professor of creative writing at Belhaven University.
Minrose Gwin
Minrose Gwin is the author of three novels: The Queen of Palmyra, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; Promise; and The Accidentals. Wishing for Snow, her 2004 memoir about the convergence of...
Minrose Gwin is the author of three novels: The Queen of Palmyra, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; Promise; and The Accidentals. Wishing for Snow, her 2004 memoir about the convergence of poetry and psychosis in her mother’s life, was reissued by Harper Perennial in 2011. Wearing another hat, she has written four books of literary and cultural criticism and history, most recently Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement, and coedited The Literature of the American South, a Norton anthology. Minrose has taught as a professor at universities across the country, most recently the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently lives in Austin, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like the characters in Promise, she grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi.
John Hailman
John Hailman is an Overby Fellow and the author of a critically acclaimed biography entitled Thomas Jefferson On Wine, From Midnight to Guntown; The Search for Good Wine, a compilation of his columns, Return to Guntown, and a law school text: Law and Literature from...
John Hailman is an Overby Fellow and the author of a critically acclaimed biography entitled Thomas Jefferson On Wine, From Midnight to Guntown; The Search for Good Wine, a compilation of his columns, Return to Guntown, and a law school text: Law and Literature from Confucius to John Grisham.
In his day job, Hailman was a career prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oxford for 33 years. He served as Legal Counsel to the late U.S. Senator John Stennis when he was chairman of the Armed Services and Ethics Committees, during the historic period known as Watergate. Hailman served for two years as law clerk to Chief Judge William C. Keady, when the Judge integrated the public schools of North Mississippi. He worked as a civil rights lawyer for both North Mississippi Rural Legal Services and California Rural Legal Assistance.
Hailman attended the Sorbonne in Paris for two years, the Universite Laval in Quebec and the National School for Magistrates in Paris. He is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, holds a Masters Degree from Tulane, and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi. He was a Graduate Fellow in Trial Practice at Georgetown University Law School.
Hailman has taught law at the University of Mississippi for over 20 years as well as the FBI Academy and the Justice Department’s school for prosecutors. He has taught law internationally for DOJ in over a dozen countries, from Morocco and Tunisia to Indonesia, the Republics of Georgia and Moldova, and the Sultanate of Oman. Hailman speaks fluent French and has served as an interpreter both for France and DOJ’s Office of International Affairs.
Hailman and his wife, Regan have two grown daughters: Allison, a medical doctor in Tupelo, MS; and Lydia, an account coordinator with Siegenthatler Public Relations in Nashville, TN.
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program and the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, Revolt Against...
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program and the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching, and coauthor of the prize-winning Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World. She resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Shelby Harriel
Shelby Harriel is a mathematics instructor at Pearl River Community College. She received a B.A. in history with a minor in mathematics and an M.Ed. with concentrations in history and mathematics. Though her career has always revolved around mathematics, she actively pursues her lifelong...
Shelby Harriel is a mathematics instructor at Pearl River Community College. She received a B.A. in history with a minor in mathematics and an M.Ed. with concentrations in history and mathematics. Though her career has always revolved around mathematics, she actively pursues her lifelong interest of history through research, writing, and speaking to the public. Her twelve-year research on women soldiers of the Civil War has been published in various newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and brochures for the National Park Service and state historic sites. She has given numerous presentations about women soldiers in over ten states. For her efforts, PRCC named her the Outstanding Humanities Instructor of the Year for 2014. She has also assisted in implementing course redesign in the mathematics department at PRCC as well as helped with the district math competition for middle school students and the first annual Women in STEM Symposium, both events hosted by PRCC. Her first book, Behind the Rifle: Women Soldiers in Civil War Mississippi is the first study with a regional focus of the role women soldiers played in the Civil War and was published by the University Press of Mississippi in March 2019. Shelby is happily engaged.
Elizabeth Heiskell
Elizabeth Heiskell was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, where food and fun go hand in hand. With her passion for food, fun, and adventure, Elizabeth started her culinary journey with courses at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York. She was the Lead Culinary...
Elizabeth Heiskell was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, where food and fun go hand in hand. With her passion for food, fun, and adventure, Elizabeth started her culinary journey with courses at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York.
She was the Lead Culinary Instructor at the Viking Cooking School in nearby Greenwood, world headquarters of the Viking Range Corporation.
In 2011 Elizabeth moved from the flatland to the hills of Oxford, Mississippi. There, she and her husband, Luke, started Woodson Ridge Farm.
Elizabeth is The Today Show Food Contributor. She has done appearances on Food Network’s The Kitchen and Chopped. She also has appeared on CMT’s Pickler and Ben Show, the Hallmark Channel and Fox and Friends. Elizabeth has also been featured in Garden and Gun Magazine, Southern Living, Delta Magazine, Commercial Appeal and The Clarion Ledger.
In October of 2017 Elizabeth published her best-selling cookbook, What Can I bring? The following October she was asked to redo the Southern Living’s best-selling cookbook of all times, Southern Living Parties. It was released in October of 2018 and is set to be as treasured a cookbook as its predecessor.
Kimberly Willis Holt
Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family’s Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father’s military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and...
Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family’s Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father’s military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and Guam.
She’s the author of more than fifteen books for a wide range of ages, many of which have won awards and honors. Her third novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She writes and gardens in Texas.
Lisa Howorth
Lisa Howorth was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where her new novel is set in 1959. She is the author of the 2014 novel, Flying Shoes, and she has written for the Oxford American and Garden & Gun. Howorth taught art history at the University of Mississippi,...
Lisa Howorth was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where her new novel is set in 1959. She is the author of the 2014 novel, Flying Shoes, and she has written for the Oxford American and Garden & Gun. Howorth taught art history at the University of Mississippi, receiving the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996, and a MacDowell Fellowship in 2007. In Oxford in 1979, she and her husband founded Square Books, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in September, 2019.
Bronwen Hruska
Bronwen Hruska is the Publisher of Soho Press, an award-winning independent publisher of literary fiction, international crime fiction and young adult fiction. Before joining Soho eleven years ago, Bronwen worked as a journalist and screenwriter. Her novel, Accelerated, was published...
Bronwen Hruska is the Publisher of Soho Press, an award-winning independent publisher of literary fiction, international crime fiction and young adult fiction. Before joining Soho eleven years ago, Bronwen worked as a journalist and screenwriter. Her novel, Accelerated, was published by Pegasus Books in 2012.
Margerita Jurkovic
Slovenian lawyer Margerita Jurkovic, who knew absolutely nothing about American football when she arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, for Law School, has penned a memoir sure to captivate the most ardent of fans. Margerita’s Gridiron Adventure will be published by The Mississippi...
Slovenian lawyer Margerita Jurkovic, who knew absolutely nothing about American football when she arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, for Law School, has penned a memoir sure to captivate the most ardent of fans.
Margerita’s Gridiron Adventure will be published by The Mississippi Sports Council in August 2019 in trade paperback. From taking the reader to high-octane college venues such as Oxford and Starkville to equally electric high-school games at Pearl and Madison-Ridgeland Academy, the fast-paced, easy-to-read narrative puts the reader on the sidelines as the young lawyer gets an education not to be found in a textbook by law professor and mentor Mike Frascogna, Jr.
Yet the book serves as much, much more than just a weekly tailgate recap. Opening her mind to learning everything she can about what makes Mississippians tick, the lifelong European soon comes to admire many aspects of Southern culture and tradition.
Jurkovic will appear at the 2019 Mississippi Book Festival and looks forward to a book tour that will crisscross the state of Mississippi and reach into parts of Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The expected release date of Margerita Gridiron Adventure is August 1, 2019.
Sheree Kelley
Sheree Rose Kelley is the keeper of her family’s recipes and the stories behind them. From her Pulaski, Tennessee, birthplace to her current post as CEO of Belle Meade Winery, Sheree has been a steadfast steward of the disappearing art of fine baking in the Southern home. Known to all in...
Sheree Rose Kelley is the keeper of her family’s recipes and the stories behind them. From her Pulaski, Tennessee, birthplace to her current post as CEO of Belle Meade Winery, Sheree has been a steadfast steward of the disappearing art of fine baking in the Southern home. Known to all in Nashville as “The Belle Meade Cake Lady” for over a decade, Sheree is a regular guest chef on Nashville television stations and her culinary tours and biscuit classes have become legendary. Breads & Spreads is Kelley’s first in a series of cookbooks, journaling her love of home-baked goods and her desire to share her passion with future generations.
Harrison Scott Key
Harrison Scott Key is the author of Congratulations, Who Are You Again? and The World’s Largest Man, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a major literary award, according to his mother. His writing has appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford...
Harrison Scott Key is the author of Congratulations, Who Are You Again? and The World’s Largest Man, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a major literary award, according to his mother. His writing has appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford American, Outside, The New York Times, The American Conservative, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Mockingbird, Salon, Savannah Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Image, Southern Living, Gulf Coast, and Creative Nonfiction, as well as a number of magazines that don’t pay you anything at all, not even a little, but it was cool, because people who work at magazines are mostly poor, and helping the poor is a priority for Harrison, should he come under scrutiny. Harrison has spoken at hundreds of festivals, bookstores, conferences, variety shows, and universities around the country, as well as retirement communities and at least one religious organization whose members were perfectly courteous up until the end. He holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and a Ph.D. in playwriting and teaches writing at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Taylor Kitchings
Taylor Kitchings is the 2016 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction for his novel Yard War, published by Wendy Lamb/Penguin Random House. Yard War is also a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Southern Independent Booksellers “OKRA...
Taylor Kitchings is the 2016 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction for his novel Yard War, published by Wendy Lamb/Penguin Random House. Yard War is also a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Southern Independent Booksellers “OKRA Pick,” a Scholastic Book Fairs selection, and a finalist for the SIBA/2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. A sequel, The Tidings Tree, is slated for release spring of 2018.
Sam Kleiner
Sam Kleiner is a historian and lawyer in New York City. A native of Tucson, Arizona, he holds degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and Yale Law School. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and...
Sam Kleiner is a historian and lawyer in New York City. A native of Tucson, Arizona, he holds degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and Yale Law School. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Policy.
Michael Knight
Michael Knight is the author of three novels, three collections of short stories, and a book of novellas. He lives Knoxville with his wife and two daughters and teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.
Michael Knight is the author of three novels, three collections of short stories, and a book of novellas. He lives Knoxville with his wife and two daughters and teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.
Jamie Kornegay
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Jamie Kornegay is the author of the novel Soil. A former producer for Thacker Mountain Radio and proprietor of Turnrow Book Co., he is now a teacher, videographer, and is completing a new novel set in Mississippi.
Jamie Kornegay is the author of the novel Soil. A former producer for Thacker Mountain Radio and proprietor of Turnrow Book Co., he is now a teacher, videographer, and is completing a new novel set in Mississippi.
Preston Lauterbach
In addition to the newly released Bluff City, Preston Lauterbach is author of the award-winning Beale Street Dynasty and The Chitlin Circuit, a Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and NPR book of the year. Photo by Elise Lauterbach
In addition to the newly released Bluff City, Preston Lauterbach is author of the award-winning Beale Street Dynasty and The Chitlin Circuit, a Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and NPR book of the year.
Photo by Elise Lauterbach
Ariel Lawhon
Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed author of historical fiction. She is the author of The Wife the Maid and the Mistress, Flight of Dreams, and I Was Anastasia. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, and...
Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed author of historical fiction. She is the author of The Wife the Maid and the Mistress, Flight of Dreams, and I Was Anastasia. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, and Book of the Month Club selections. She is the co-founder of SheReads.org and lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, black Lab, and a deranged Siamese cat. Both pets are, thankfully, girls.
Photo by Kristee Mays
Kiese Laymon
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. He is...
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. He is also the author of the memoir Heavy.
Ebony Lumumba
Ebony Lumumba is currently an assistant professor of English at Tougaloo College where she teaches courses in global and American literatures and chairs the department of English and Modern Languages. Ebony received her Master of Arts degree in English at Georgia State University and...
Ebony Lumumba is currently an assistant professor of English at Tougaloo College where she teaches courses in global and American literatures and chairs the department of English and Modern Languages. Ebony received her Master of Arts degree in English at Georgia State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is also a doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of Mississippi where she is completing her dissertation titled “Of Mules and Mamas: Four Women, Africana Mothering, and Resistance.”
She was named the 2013 Eudora Welty Research Fellow by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Eudora Welty Foundation and Tougaloo College’s Humanities Teacher of the Year in 2014. Her publications include a chapter in From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Texts of Black Life (2014) titled “Must the Novelist Ask Permission?: Authority and Authenticity of the Black Voice in the works of Eudora Welty and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help ”, “‘Caught in the act of living’”: Welty as a voyeur and witness of black life” published in the Eudora Welty Review and “The Matter of Black Lives in American Literature” which can be found inTeaching the Works of Eudora Welty published earlier this year. Ebony is happily married to her kindergarten sweetheart Chokwe Antar Lumumba—the Honorable Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi and the couple has two unbelievably adorable daughters, Alaké and Nubia.
Mesha Maren
Mesha Maren is the author of the novel Sugar Run (Algonquin Books). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, The Southern Review, Triquarterly, Crazyhorse and elsewhere. She serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at Federal...
Mesha Maren is the author of the novel Sugar Run (Algonquin Books). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, The Southern Review, Triquarterly, Crazyhorse and elsewhere. She serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at Federal Prison Camp Alderson and is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Duke University.
Karl Marlantes
Karl Marlantes made his name with the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, the “powerful and moving” (James Fallows, Atlantic) Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. Now with his new novel, Deep River (Atlantic Monthly Press; $28; 736pps;...
Karl Marlantes made his name with the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, the “powerful and moving” (James Fallows, Atlantic) Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. Now with his new novel, Deep River (Atlantic Monthly Press; $28; 736pps; ISBN: 978-0-8021-2538-5; July 2, 2019), Marlantes applies the epic narrative sweep of Matterhorn to a family saga about Finnish immigrants to the Pacific Northwest.
Marlantes draws glancing inspiration from his own family history to tell a story against the backdrop of a logging industry clashing with the radical burgeoning labor movement, World War I, and the upheavals of early twentieth century America.
In the early 1900s for political reasons, the three Koski siblings—Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino—are forced to flee Finland to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, the siblings settle among other Finns in a logging community in southern Washington, where the harvesting of the colossal old-growth forests begets rapid development, and radical labor movements begin to catch fire. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering this wilderness while Aino, foremost of the book’s many strong, independent women, devotes herself to organizing the industry’s first unions. As Aino struggles to reconcile her beliefs with her latent desire to build a family —a desire complicated by the trauma from the past—she finds herself pulled between two very different suitors, both of whom harbor their own painful secrets.
Layered with fascinating historical detail, and vivid evocations of the pristine beauty of the primeval forest, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.
Photo by Devon Marlantes
Brian McLaren
Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and English teacher, writes and speaks about the intersection of faith and contemporary life. His titles include A New Kind of Christian, The Great Spiritual Migration, We Make the Road by Walking, and an illustrated children’s book called Cory...
Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and English teacher, writes and speaks about the intersection of faith and contemporary life. His titles include A New Kind of Christian, The Great Spiritual Migration, We Make the Road by Walking, and an illustrated children’s book called Cory and the Seventh Story. Learn more at brianmclaren.net.
Margaret McMullan
Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter. Her young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and...
Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter. Her young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and Sources of Light have received best book awards from Parents’ Choice, School Library Journal, the American Library Association, and Booklist, among other educational organizations. Margaret received an NEA Fellowship and a Fulbright professorship in Hungary to research her memoir Where the Angels Lived.
Margaret’s work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Herald, Glamour, The Millions, The Morning Consult, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Montréal Review, National Geographic for Kids, Southern Accents, Ploughshares, StorySouth, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Other Voices, Boulevard, The Arkansas Review, Southern California Anthology, and The Sun, among others. She has served as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-res MFA Program in New York and she was the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. She writes full time now in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
Mary Miller
Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour, as well as the novels The Last Days of California and Biloxi. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, the Oxford...
Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour, as well as the novels The Last Days of California and Biloxi. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, the Oxford American, New Stories from the South, Norton’s Seagull Book of Stories, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review, and many others. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her husband, Lucky, and her dog, Winter.
Ken Murphy
Photographer Ken Murphy lives and works in his lifelong hometown of Bay St. Louis, Miss. He has authored and published four award winning photographic coffee table books, My South Coast Home, Photographs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Mississippi: State of...
Photographer Ken Murphy lives and works in his lifelong hometown of Bay St. Louis, Miss. He has authored and published four award winning photographic coffee table books, My South Coast Home, Photographs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Mississippi: State of Blues with Scott Barretta, and Jackson with John Evans of Lemuria Books. His forthcoming book with designer Rick Dobbs is titled Local Spirit: Neighborhood Bars of Orleans Parish. Murphy is leading the charge to reopen Dan B. Murphy’s Restaurant & Bar this fall, back where it was before Katrina rearranged the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize....
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Patrick O'Daniel
Patrick O’Daniel is the Executive Director of Library Services at Southwest Tennessee Community College and previously worked for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center where he spent nine years in the History Department working with archival and genealogical collections....
Patrick O’Daniel is the Executive Director of Library Services at Southwest Tennessee Community College and previously worked for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center where he spent nine years in the History Department working with archival and genealogical collections. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. O’Daniel is the author of When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927; Memphis and the Superflood of 1937: High Water Blues; and Historic Photos of Memphis. He has published articles in West Tennessee Historical Society Papers.
Paul Oliver
Paul Oliver is Vice President and Director of Marketing and Publicity at Soho Press as well as publisher of Syndicate Books. In a former life he owned a bookstore and thinks about that a lot.
Paul Oliver is Vice President and Director of Marketing and Publicity at Soho Press as well as publisher of Syndicate Books. In a former life he owned a bookstore and thinks about that a lot.
January Gill O'Neil
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an associate professor of English at Salem State University, and boards of trustees member with the Association of Writers...
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an associate professor of English at Salem State University, and boards of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. From 2012- 2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares and Ecotone, among others. In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and was named the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Andrews
Frank LaRue Owen
Frank LaRue Owen’s poetry is influenced by diverse sources including dreams, the seasons, various landscapes, cross-cultural experiences, and the churning gyre of the soul’s journey, resulting in a style of poetry his late teacher referred to as ‘deep-mapping of unseen reality’....
Frank LaRue Owen’s poetry is influenced by diverse sources including dreams, the seasons, various landscapes, cross-cultural experiences, and the churning gyre of the soul’s journey, resulting in a style of poetry his late teacher referred to as ‘deep-mapping of unseen reality’.
Owen studied for a decade with a New Mexican wise woman who blended contemplative practice, dreamwork, and nature spirituality rooted in the forests, arroyos, and mountains of the American Southwest. The practice of poetry and Zen was inseparable from this path of deeper inquiry…along with lots of green chiles and pan-fried tortillas.
His first book of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, was the winner of the 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and garnered a Silver Nautilus Book Award in 2018. His second book of poems, The Temple of Warm Harmony, will be released August 6, 2019 (Homebound Publications). His third book of poetry, Stirrup of the Sun & Moon, is a multidimensional, place-centric work exploring memory, ancestry, and numinous experiences rooted in his native Mississippi, New Mexico, and other beloved places in North and Central America. It will be released by Homebound Publications in April 2020, National Poetry Month.
Margaret Owen
Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice...
Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. The Merciful Crow is Owen’s debut novel. She resides in Seattle, WA. You can find her on Twitter and on her website.
Ted Ownby
Ted Ownby is professor of history and southern studies and director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.
Ted Ownby is professor of history and southern studies and director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.
Timothy Pakron
Inspired by the landscape and flavors of his childhood on the Mississippi gulf coast, Timothy Pakron found his heart, soul, and calling in cooking the Cajun, Creole, and southern classics of his youth. In his debut cookbook, he shares 125 plant-based recipes, all of which substitute...
Inspired by the landscape and flavors of his childhood on the Mississippi gulf coast, Timothy Pakron found his heart, soul, and calling in cooking the Cajun, Creole, and southern classics of his youth. In his debut cookbook, he shares 125 plant-based recipes, all of which substitute ingredients without sacrificing depth of flavor and reveal the secret tradition of veganism in southern cooking. Finding ways to re-create his experiences growing up in the South—making mud pies and admiring the deep pink azaleas—on the plate, Pakron looks to history and nature as his guides to creating the richest food possible. Filled with as many evocative photographs and stories as easy-to-follow recipes, Mississippi Vegan is an ode to the transporting and ethereal beauty of the food and places you love.
Lisa Patton
Lisa Patton, bestselling author of what Library Journal calls, “The Beloved Dixie Series:” Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie and Southern as a Second Language is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three...
Lisa Patton, bestselling author of what Library Journal calls, “The Beloved Dixie Series:” Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie and Southern as a Second Language is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She worked many years in the music and entertainment business and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Her latest novel, Rush, a summer 2018 Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and a SIBA bestseller, has been praised by The Clarion-Ledger as “A humorous, yet heartfelt novel about hard work, patience and helping others.” With a rich storyline of social justice, female empowerment and profound friendship, Rush provides a ringside seat to one of the most sacred of all southern rituals–sorority rush at Ole Miss. The proud mother of two sons, eight bonus children, and eleven grandchildren, Lisa lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and their four-legged, furry daughter named Rosie. www.lisapatton.com
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