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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.

Robert Olen Butler

is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of sixteen novels, including Hell, A Small Hotel, and the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series. He is also the author of six short story collections and a book on the creative process, From Where You Dream. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and received the 2013 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Perfume River
Anne Byrn

is the bestselling author of the Cake Mix Doctor and Dinner Doctor cookbook series. Formerly a food editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a graduate of the La Verenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, Byrn has always been a foodie. Anne lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

American Cake
Sharon Cameron

was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding, which was also awarded the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

CANCELED: Eileen Campbell-Reed

is an ordained minister, practical theologian, and co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, a national, ecumenical, and longitudinal study of ministry. She is also associate professor of practical theology and coordinator of mentoring, coaching, and internship for Central Tennessee, a satellite campus of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas.

Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen's Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention
Kai Carlson-Wee

 received a BA in English from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fund, and his work has appeared in journals such as Narrative Magazine, Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, and The Missouri Review, which selected a group of his poems for their 2013 Editor’s Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco, and is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

The Floodgate Poetry Series: Volume Three
Anders Carlson-Wee

is a 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellow and the author of Dynamite, winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. His work has appeared in Narrative, New England Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, AGNI, Best New Poets, and The Best American Nonrequired Readingseries. Winner of Ninth Letter's Poetry Award and New Delta Review's Editors' Choice Prize, he holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University. In collaboration with his brother Kai, he co-directed the poetry film Riding the Highline, which won the special jury prize for Innovation in Documentary Short Film at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

The Floodgate Poetry Series: Volume Three
David Carson

is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2009, he was part of a Pulitzer Prize finalist team for coverage of the Kirkwood City Hall shootings. He was named the National Press Photographers Association Region 7 Photographer of the Year in 2011, 2009, and 2007.

Daryl A. Carter

is associate professor of history and graduate coordinator for the Department of History at East Tennessee State University.

Brother Bill: President Clinton and the Politics of Race and Class
Matt Cashion

was born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and grew up in Brunswick and St. Simons Island, Georgia. He earned an MFA at the University of Oregon and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. He is the author of two novels.

Last Words of the Holy Ghost