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2016 SFB Authors

Below is the list of authors scheduled to appear at this year's Southern Festival of Books. This list is sorted alphabetically and then is broken into multiple pages. If you would like a one-page version of this list (in order to print the entire list, for example), please click here.

Lana K.W. Austin

was a finalist for the 2015 James Wright Poetry Award. Her  poems, interviews, and fiction pieces have recently been featured or are forthcoming in such journals as Mid-American Review, The Writer's Chronicle, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Zone 3, The Pinch, Sou’wester, Appalachian Heritage, Switchback and The New Guard. Also a journalist, she has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Austin has an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University.

In Search of the Wild Dulcimer: Poems
James B.

is the co-author of The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality, and the Road to Recovery and is in long-term recovery from addiction. He has extensive experience working with men in the early stages of recovery as well as helping individuals of all ages who are at risk of addiction. James is a former sports talk show host with a degree in engineering and an MA in leadership. He currently is the director of operations for a nonprofit organization and works as conference coordinator for a men's organization.

The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality, and the Road to Recovery
KB Ballentine

resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and teaches creative writing, theatre arts, and literature to high school and college students. She has an M.A. in Writing and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Peotry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and publications including: Alehouse, Tidal BVasin Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, The Sigh Press, and MO: Writings from the River. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Ron Rash Poetry Awards.

The Perfume of Leaving
Tina Barr

has published five volumes of poetry and three chapbooks, all winners of national chapbook competitions. She has received numerous fellowships, including from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. Barr formerly directed the Creative Writing Program at Rhodes College and now teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Kaleidoscope
Tracy Barrett

is the author of twenty books for young readers and one book for adults. She holds a bachelor's degree with honors in medieval Italian literature from the University of California, Berkeley. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her young adult novel Anna of Byzantium, which received numerous awards and honors, including being named a Booklist Editors' Choice book, a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book and an ALA Quick Pick.

The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard
Alex Beard

is a painter and author who has emerged as one of his generation's most creative and successful artists. Alex studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and participated in the New York Studio School's Drawing Marathon. A firm believer that art is a medium that should be accessible to everyone, Alex uses uncommon avenues to share the creative experience with people of all ages. Through his unique combination of storytelling and art activities, Alex has had the opportunity to draw, paint, and talk about art with tens of thousands of children. He and his family live in New Orleans where he owns the Alex Beard Studio in the French Quarter.

A Brush with Nature
Mark Beaver

's prose has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Gulf Coast, Crazy Horse, North American Review, Tampa Review, storySouth, Louisville Review, Southeast Review, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro's MFA program and lives with his wife and daughters in his native Atlanta.

Suburban Gospel
Joseph Beck

is an Atlanta attorney. He also teaches at Emory Law School and has lectured at universities throughout the United States and abroad.

My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama
Brooks Benjamin

formed a New Kids on the Block tribute dance crew in sixth grade called the New Kidz. He wasn't that good at dancing back then, but now he's got a new crew--his wife and their dog. They live in Tennessee, where he teaches reading and writing and occasionally busts out a few dance moves. He's still not that good at it. This is his first novel.

My Seventh Grade Life in Tights