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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.

Tim Champlin

is the author of thirty-one novels and numerous short stories and articles. He lives in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.

The Wild West of Louis L'Amour
Bryn Chancellor

is a fiction writer, whose awards include the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in fiction, and literary fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her short fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, CrazyhorsePhoebe, and elsewhere, and her debut novel, Sycamore, is forthcoming from Harper in May 2017. A native of California who was raised in Arizona, she earned her MFA in fiction from Vanderbilt University and is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

When are you Coming Home?
Roshani Chokshi

comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia.

The Star Touched Queen
Tiana Clark

is the author of the chapbook Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University, where she serves as the Poetry Editor for Nashville Review. She has received scholarships to The Sewanee Writers' Conference and The New Harmony Writers Workshop. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Best New Poets 2015, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush, The Offing, and elsewhere.

Equilibrium
Robert Cohen

a community journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,can be found in your children's schools, at parades, in restaurants, on baseball fields, or wherever a story about St. Louisians needs to be told. Cohen's images of unrest following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri were part of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography awarded to the photo staff. He has twice also been a finalist for the prize. A graduate of the University of Texas-Austin, he began his career at the tiny Sun-Tattler newspaper in Hollywood, Florida.

Phil Cohen

 emerged from a difficult working class background to become one of the most well known union organizers in the South.  The Jackson Project: War in the American Workplace is a riveting memoir about a brutal labor dispute at a West Tennessee textile mill in 1989. An accomplished singer-songwriter, he has recorded four albums with vocalist Patricia Ford.  They will perform Saturday evening on the Music Stage. 

The Jackson Project: War in the American Workplace
JT Collins

grew up in Malawi, a peaceful country in southeast Africa. In 1980, she moved back to the USA to continue her education. She now works as a business consultant through Infoworks, Inc. based in Nashville, Tennessee. JT started writing in March 2008. Face in the Mirror is inspired by her personal story of growing up as the lesbian daughter of Southern Baptist missionaries.

Face in the Mirror
Sarah Combs

leads writing workshops at a nonprofit literacy center in Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her two young sons, two pacifist bird dogs, and her modern-day Atticus Finch of a husband. The Light Fantastic is her second novel for young adults.

The Light Fantastic
Daniel Connolly

speaks fluent Spanish, and, for more than a decade, has reported on Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Little Rock, and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. The winner of numerous journalism prizes, he has received grants and fellowships from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Center for Journalists and the Fulbright program. He lives in his hometown of Memphis, TN.

The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America