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Southern Festival of Books

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Denton Loving

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Crimes Against Birds

is the author of the poetry collection Crimes Against Birds and editor of Seeking Its Own Level, an anthology of writings about water. He's also an editor at drafthorse literary journal.

Celeste Fletcher McHale

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Celeste Fletcher
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The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

is a writer from Lousiana who relies heavily on real life experiencees for material. Her first novel, Save Us A Seat, is based on a true story about herself and her two best friends. The story follows the trio in their late twenties for an eighteen month period. 

Josh MacIvor-Anderson

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On Heights and Hunger

is the editor of Rooted, An Anthology of Arboreal Nonfiction.

Beth Macy

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Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

is the author of the New York Times bestseller,Factory Man. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers and The Roanoke Times, where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship fo rJournalism at Harvard and the Lukas Prize from the Columbia Schoo lof Journalism. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

Kerri Maniscalco

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began.

John C. Mannone

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John C.
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Disabled Monsters

has over 450 works in Windhover, Artemis, Southern Poetry Anthology (NC), Still: The Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Negative Capability,Tupelo Press, Baltimore Review, Pedestal and others. Author of two literary poetry collections, Apocalypse  andDisabled Monsters, he's the poetry editor for Silver Blade and for Abyss & Apex.

Michael T. McRay

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Where the River Bends: Considering Forgiveness in the Lives of Prisoners

received a Master's in Philosophy, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Trinity College of Dublin at Belfast. He is a writer, advocate, adjunct professor, and storyteller. He was a volunteer prison chaplain before being banned for organizing, is the cofounder of No Exceptions Prison Collective, and is founder/cohost of Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling. He is the author of "Letters from Apartheid Street."

Sandra Meek

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An Ecology of Elsewhere

is the author of five books of poems. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Agni, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner,Poetry, Conjunctions, and The Iowa Review, among others. A recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the 2015 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, she has twice been awarded Georgia Author of the Year.

CANCELED:Lynn Miller

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The Day After Death

teaches performance studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published stories and produced plays in California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina.

Michele Moore

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The Cigar Factory

’s acclaimed The Cigar Factory tells the story of entwined African American and white families, who come to join forces, creating a powerful moment in labor history, that gave rise to the anthem We Shall Overcome"A book that takes chances with language...where the truth of language and the truth of lives hold equal sway," wrote Pat Conroy in an eloquent preface to the novel.

Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

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this is our war

has read original work at the Nashville city council, Mayor Karl Dean's final State of Metro address, Nashville Public Library Studio NPL opening, My City Academy Graduation, TEXxNashville CREO Salon in partnership with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and Mayor Megan Barry's inauguration. In addition to publishing her first boo kas part of the Southern Word program, Lagnajita was also published in Nashville Arts Magazine, The Tennessean, and on the Poetry Society of America website.

Lenore Myka

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King of the Gypsies: Stories

is recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, her fiction has been selected as distinguished by The Best American Short Stories 

Robert Netherland

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Southern Applachian Farm Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Family

, now retired, was a healthcare executive at various hospitals in East Tennessee, Alabama, and Maryland. His interest in cooking stems from being introduced to the tools of the kitchen by his mother and grandmother.

Rien Fertel

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The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog

is a Louisiana-born and based writer, historian, and teacher. He grew up in his family's chain of restaurants across the country, and, after graduating from college, ran a grocery-deli in downtown New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina exiled him to New York, where he started writing about food. His work has appeared in Oxford AmericanGarden & GunSouthern LivingSpiritSaveurThe Local Palate, and many other publications.

Suzanne Feldman

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Absalom's Daughters

, a recipient of the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize and a finalist for the Bakeless Prize in fiction, holds an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and a BFA in art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the author of award-winning science fiction titles like Speaking Dreams and The Annunciate, published under the pen name Severna Park. Her short fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Missouri Review, Gargoyle, and other literary journals. She lives in Frederick, Maryland.