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Below is the list of authors scheduled to appear at this year's Southern Festival of Books. This list is sorted alphabetically and displayed on a single page. If you would like a multi-paged version of this list, please click here.

author of Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great, is a Writers Guild Lifetime Member who's had three feature films produced from his screenplays. He's written for studios, independent producers, and major television networks. Akers gives writing workshops around the world and is a regular speaker at Story Expo in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Ravenbach's Way

is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Catma. He received the Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry from the Southern Review in 2007 and a Special Mention for fiction in Pushcart Prize XXXVII. He was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2014. A longtime resident of upstate South Carolina, Allen is the Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature Emeritus at Furman University. The Final Days of Great American Shopping is his first book of prose fiction.

The Final Days of Great American Shopping: Stories Past, Present and Future

is a multiple Dove Award-winning lyricist, the author of two novels and two nonfiction books. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Southern New Hampshire University. After twenty-six years of living in Nashville and working in the music business, she moved with her husband, Dennis, to Cleveland, Georgia, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at Truett-McConnell College.

Small Potatoes and Tuesdays at the Piggly Wiggly

has worked in the public history/museum field for around twenty years. His past experience includes curating, public speaking, and creating documentaries. Brian holds a degree from Austin Peay State University in American history. He has also worked as a staff historian for several local museums and served as curator for Traveller's Rest Plantation. Brian is co-author of Tennessee State Penitentiary.

Murder & Mayhem in Nashville

is a songwriter, country musician, longtime Grand Ole Opry member and performer, and inductee into the legendary Country Music Hall of Fame.

Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music

has published three novels and a chapbook, and is the winner of the 2010 George Garrett Fiction Prize. He lives with his wife and two children in Louisiana.

My Mother's House

is an award-winning author and journalist who has worked at papers across the Southern United States, from Los Angeles to Orlando. As a reporter and editor, she covered everything from murders and refinery explosions on the police beat, to national political campaigns. She was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the Los Angeles Times. She lives on a farm in upstate New York. Thanksgiving is based on a short story that won a gold medal in the Faulkner Wisdom competition.


lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and son. He is the critically-acclaimed author or Mosquitoland, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And pesto. He believes fiercely in pesto.

Kids of Appetite

teaches at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. Her previous collection of poems, What Travels with Us, won the Poetry Book of the Year Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and the Appalachian Studies Association's Weatherford Award.

Galaxie Wagon: Poems

holds a B.A. and M.A.S. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, RomanceWriters of America, Authors Guild, Alabama Writers Forum, and Alabama State Bar. Her debut novel, The Libra Affair, was a 2013 #1 best seller. Her short story The Pisces Affair was a 2015 Global Ebook Awards double gold medalist (Best Thriller Fiction and Best Science Fiction), a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable 100, a 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award winner, and a Publishers Weekly "PW Pick"."     



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

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

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

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.


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

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

'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

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

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

is a critically acclaimed writer who has published nine works on the contemplative life, including Moving Miss Peggy, Living Prayer, and A Good Life. He is a graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation and a member of the Friends of Silence and of the Poor, an international ecumenical prayer community. He leads retreats and workshops on prayer, writing, and the contemplative life around the country. He lives in Nashville.

Punching Holes in the Dark: Living the Light of the World

 is the author of the New York Times bestselling Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation mysteries from Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime, featuring Avery Baker, a textile designer, and Avery's boyfriend Derek Ellis, a handyman, who renovate houses in fictitious Waterfield, Maine. As Jenna Bennett, she writes the Cutthroat Business mysteries, featuring realtor and Southern Belle Savannah Martin.

Scared Money

was born and raised in Chicago and received his MA in East European studies and economics. After leaving active duty with the US Army, he continued in the US Army Reserves while working in the financial services industry. He is currently a small business owner in Nashville.

Fundraiser A: My Fight for Freedom and Justice

lives in Nashville with her husband and two boys. She has worked as a songwriter and performer, substitute teacher, barista, ABA therapist, and a special education teacher in a private school for kids with autism.

Suffer Love

holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of NightmaresAntigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington.

Three Dark Crowns

was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She's the founder of, a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series. From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she'd love to visit. When she isn't writing, she's addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate lavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.


is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, an independent publishing house based in Little Rock, Arkansas, whose goal is to develop, promote, and market underground artistic talent-those who don't quite fit into the mainstream. As a poet, Bryan writes primarily narrative poems that create portraits of moments through words. He enjoys runs with his husband, Seth Pennington.


and her husband Matt Walker are classical musicians who perform in a symphony orchestra and in ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and can be found on many recordings, both classical and popular. Their schedules are extremely busy and their days are long; when they travel they are looking for ways to leave their stress-filled stage lives behind and slow down the pace. They like to explore out of the way, "undiscovered" towns and sights; and they love to find great food and drink close to its source.

Tuscany Italy: Small-Town Itineraries for the Foodie Traveler

has been making up stories her whole life. She tags along with her husband on business trips whenever she can because hotels are great places to write: fresh coffee all day and cookies at 4 p.m. They have a home in Greenville, SC, which they occasionally visit. Susan's short fiction has appeared in moonShine ReviewSpinetingler Magazine, Relief Journal, The Petigru Review, and Catfish Stew. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, was the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient and an RWA Golden Heart finalist.

Lowcountry Boil: A Liz talbot Mystery

lives and writes in Bulloch County, Georgia. She received the Will Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2010 and for which she was named 2012 Georgia Author of the Year. She is alumna of Wesleyan College and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Bradly serves as assistant district attorney for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit.

Wandering Toward Center: Essays

's books on outdoors and travel include Touring the Middle Tennessee Backroads, Middle Tennessee on Foot, and Compass American Guide-Tennessee. He is active in Nashville's greenways program and the Land Trust for Tennessee.

Painted Trillium

is associate professor at John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and co-director of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project. Her research has been published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Book Research Quarterly, and Maine Historical Quarterly.

Smoky Jack: The Adventures of a Dog and His Master on Mount Le Conte

teaches British literature at an all-girls school in Atlanta. Single gender education is one of her newest passions and she considers “her girls” every time she sits down to write. Her other interests are history, art, and travel. She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with her husband, also an English teacher, and their three rescue dogs.

A Fine Imitation: A Novel

teamed with Ronnie Dunn in 1990 to form Brooks & Dunn, the highest selling duo in the history of country music. They sold more than 30 million records, won more than seventy-five major industry awards, had twenty-three #1 hits, and set records with their 41st top 10 single. After Brooks & Dunn stopped performing, Brooks took over the hosting reins of the long-running syndicated radio program, American Country Countdown in 2006.

Cookin' It with Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking

lives in Nashville with her husband Larry and their two furry pets, Bug and Gracie. She is a published song writer and loves children, especially her two granddaughters: Isla and Avery. Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, writing, and sports, which makes Nashville the perfect home for her. She hopes that kids everywhere will enjoy following the story of Banjo as he reveals the colorful world of Nashville.

Sleep Tight Nashville

of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three (University of Georgia 2014), selected by Tracy K. Smith. He also co-authored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten (November 2016), a forthcoming chapbook of poetry from Upper Rubber Boot Books. Brown, an educator for over 20 years, teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Bat City Review, The Sugar House Review, and Muzzle Magazine.

The Floodgate Series: Volume 3

lives in Philadelphia and teaches for Brooklyn Poets as a core faculty member. He is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU, where he earned his MFA. He is the author of three prize-winning chapbooks, and is a founding member of The Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class.

Requiem for Used Ignition Cap

is a highly acclaimed children’s book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Co-author with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac’s poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War TwoSkeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief

Talking Leaves

is a classically trained chef, nationally published food writer and humorous television personality. Her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Shape Magazine, and Fitness Magazine. She cooks live every Sunday on NBC Charlotte. Jennifer and her family lived between Switzerland and England for seven years before returning to the Carolinas. She pulls experiences from her 15+ years living in the South and her life in Europe to inform and entertain readers in her cookbook Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways.

Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics Three Ways

is the author of the national bestsellers American Patriots: The story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm and The Hornes: An American Family, which became a PBS "American Masters" documentary. She has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Washington Post, Vogue, Playboy, and People.

The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family

's debut novel, All the Broken Pieces (2009), was named a Jefferson Cup award winner and an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, among its many honors. Her follow-up, Serafina's Promise (2013), was named an ALA Notable, Parents Choice Gold Award Winner, and an NAACP Image Award finalist. Burg worked as an English teacher for ten years before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with her family.

Unbound: A Novel

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

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

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.


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

 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

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

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.

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

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

received her BA from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria, and two different places called Georgia. One is the country near the Black Sea; the other is the state of Georgia where she currently lives with her husband and children. Blackhearts is her first novel.


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

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?

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

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.


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.

 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

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

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

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

is a self-proclaimed "diet abolitionist" and lover of all the yummies. She kind of likes to exercise, kind of not. She is a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association; a member of the American College of Sports Medicine; and a certified nutrition and wellness consultant and pre/postnatal fitness specialist with the American Fitness Professionals Association.

Lightness of body and Mind: A Radical Approach to Weight and Wellness

attended the Culinary Institute of America and worked in New York City before travelling overseas to apprentice in Europe with world-renowned French chefs Georges Blanc and Roger Verge. After The Food Network discovered her in 1999, she went on to become the first female Iron Chef for the Network. She is the founder of the charitable organization Chefs for Humanity, a grassroots organization that mobilizes chefs to lend their skills to communities in need, and she has built a brand that includes two food lines. She lives in Santa Barbara.

Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness

has written about the Lady Vols basketball program since 1998 for local, regional, and national media. A freelance writer for Inside Tennessee, Cornelius lives in Knoxville and continues to cover the program. She works full-time as a writer/editor for Moxley Carmichael, a leading public relations and communications firm in East Tennessee.

The Final Season: The Perseverence of Pat Summitt

is the author of several collections of poetry, short stories, and three other novels: The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love, Night Talk (winner of the Lillian Smith Award and a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), The Slow Moon, and A Question of Mercy (forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press). She has been recognized with the Robert Penn Warren Award and the North Carolina Fiction Award and inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Cox has taught creative writing at Duke University, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Tufts University, Boston University, MIT, Bennington Writing Seminars, and most recently at Wofford College, where she shared the John Cobb Chair with her husband C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor for the Atlantic.

A Question of Mercy

is a sixth-generation Nashvillian who loves to explore spooky places and imagine all the people who lived there before. In addition to the new children's book Nashville Boo!, she is the author of a book for grown-ups called Wealtheow: Her Telling of Beowulf (Iroquois Press, 2008).

Nashville Boo!: Scary Tales of the City

 has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction. The Atlantic Monthly's fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award virtually every year; in1988 The Atlantic won this prestigious prize. Year after year short stories from the magazine are chosen for inclusion in the important annual prize collections.Curtis is also renowned for his teaching:he has taught creative writing, ethics, grammar, and other subjects for more than thirty years at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University, Bennington, and elsewhere, and now teaches writing at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, where he occupies the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities.                                       


is an American biographer, writer on music, and historian of United States American popular music. He is the author of twenty books, most of them related to country music.

The Beatles and Country Music

is a fiction writer, clinical social worker, and author of the Caleb Knowles mystery novels. Her short stories have appeared in Fall Lines, Six Minute Magazine, Melusine, and other journals. Named the 2015 South Carolina Social Worker of the Year, Damron holds an MFA in creative writing from Queens University and a master's degree in social work from the University of South Carolina.

The Stone Necklace

is the author of three previous collections of poetry, including Four Testimonies. An associate professor of English at Vanderbilt University, she is the recipient of the Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and lives in Nashville,Tennessee.

A Walk in Victoria's Secret: Poems

is the author of Revising the Storm (BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist. He also co-authored, with poet F. Douglas Brown, Begotten  (Upper Rubber Boots Books 2016), a chapbook in URB's Floodgate Poetry Series. His honors include fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Davis teaches at the University of Arkansas.

The Floodgate Poetry Series: Volume 3

 works for the Barefoot Books Home Office as Senior Editor and isalso a Barefoot Books author. As Senior Editor at Barefoot Books, she has helped develop dozens of amazing picture books, including  The Barefoot Book of Children (coming September 2016) and My BigBarefoot Book of Wonderful Words, both of which she wrote and art directed with her mentor and friend Tessa Strickland. She also writes picture books under the pseudonym, Sunny Scribens ("Space Song Rocket Ride"), and is a published poet and scholar. She holds an M.A. in Classics from the University of Texas and has taughtcourses and workshops in writing and publishing at Emerson College, the Margaret Mitchell House and beyond. She lives with her husband and daughter.                                                       


The Barefoot Book of Children

is an American sociologist and urban ethnographer. He is currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. The author of several books, including the award-winning book, On the Fireline, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant in 2015 for his work on poverty in America.

Evicted: Poverity and Profit in the American City

is a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared (or is forthcoming) in the New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009, Slate, Garden & Gun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009, she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Award in travel journalism and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony. She lives in North Carolina.

Pitt Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon

spent his formative years in Nashville splashing through waves at Nashville Shores, playing baseball near The Hermitage at Rotary Park, and whipping through the rides at Opryland Theme Park. He is a writer and non-profit executive who loves participating in causes that help other people. Inspired by his wife Megan, daugher Isla, and dogs Ace and Grace - Dave and his mom wrote the book Sleep Tight Nashville for people of all ages to experience Nashville the way he did growing up.

Sleep Tight Nashville

was born and raised in Kentucky, attended Kenyon College and Oregon State University and was a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. His writing has appeared in The Oxford American, Little Star, and Crazyhorse. Among other things, he's worked as a gardener, copywriter, teacher, and maintenance man. He lives in Oregon with his wife and daughter. The More They Disappear is his first novel.

The More They Disappear: A Novel

grew up in rural Knox County, Tennessee. She now lives deep in the Southern Appalachian Mountains near Walland, Tennessee, where she and her husband live on and work a mountain cattle farm. Here, among wildlife, pets, and Angus cattle, she writes poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers and Southern Poetry Anthology, among other anthologies and journals. Her chapbook The Story Tender was released by Finishing Line Press in 2014, and her full collection of poetry entitled Knead is forthcoming from Main Street Rag in 2016.


's fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper's, BOMB, Fence, and Noon. She is the author of a collection of hybrid prose pieces, Attempts at a Life, which Daniel Handler in Entertainment Weekly called "indescribably beautiful," and an experimental novel, S P R A W L, a finalist for the Believer Book Award. In 2015, she wrote the texts for Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, an artists' book with collages by Richard Kraft.

Margaret the First: A Novel

is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.

American Housewife: Stories

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. For more insight into her wicked imagination, follow J.T. online or on Twitter @thrillerchick.

Field of Graves (A Taylor Jackson Novel)

is assistant professor of history and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in New York.

Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits

is president of Lisa Erspamer Entertainment and Unleashed Media. Previously, Lisa served as chief creative officer and executive vice president of programming and development for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as co-executive producer at The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she produced hundreds of shows. The creator and co-author of A Letter to My Dog and A Letter to My Cat, Lisa lives with her dogs, Lily and Grace, in Los Angeles.

A Letter to My Mom

grew up in Alabama. She holds Masters Degrees in Creative Writing and Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, where she served as Editor of Black Warrior Review. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Moon City Review and other journals. Currently, she lives and works in Middle Tennessee.

A Record of Our Debts

, 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.

Absalom's Daughters

is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris coedited the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and is the author of The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, and Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues. Rolling Stone magazine has named him among the top ten professors in the United States.

The South in Color: A Visual Journal

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. He holds a PhD in History, teaches in New Orleans, and divides his time between the banks of the Mississippi River and an old church in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

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

is an Assistant Professor of English at Belmont University. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has appeared in Carve, The Louisville Review, PANK Magazine, The Portland Review, among others. She has a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

is an American actor who was raised in a small town outside Houston, Texas. He has appeared in over 100 movies and television shows. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his family, where he works in the entertainment industry, writes, and owns and operates a martial arts academy.

Jane, Two: A Novel

's fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, the North American Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications. She won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and the AE Coppard Award, and has published a short story collection and novella. She has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and she served as fiction editor of The Greensboro Review.

Get a Grip

is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Southern California. Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, and she has written for the New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She was raised by her mother from Los Angeles and her father from Detroit.

The Turner House

is a bestselling, award-winning author of young adult novels. Leave Me is her first novel for adults. Her novel If I Stay won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation of If I Stay was released in 2014. Forman is also a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. She has visited more than forty countries and wrote a nonfiction book about her travels titled You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World. Forman lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

Leave Me

has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature and runs, a web service that fosters free choice reading in the classroom.

Over the Plain Houses

is the public relations and marketing manager for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens near Charleston, S.C. He grew up in the Ansonborough public housing projects in Charleston and at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, The Post and Courier. In 1990, the South Carolina Press Association named him Journalist of the Year. Frazier studied journalism at the University of South Carolina and taught newswriting as a visiting lecturer at Rhodes University in South Africa. He is a former Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.

We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emmanuel

's work has appeared in many literary journals, including The Sun Magazine, Barn Owl Review, Brevity, Rattle, Cimarron Review, and Third Coast. Sort of Gone, a book of poems that follows the rise and fall of a fictional pitcher named Al Stepansky, was published by Turning Point Books in 2008 and featured on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac" and on the NPR syndicated show "Only a Game," hosted by Bill Littlefield. Her chapbook, A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, won the Editor's Choice Award from Accents Publishing.

Sad Math

is a writer and archivist. Her projects focus on personal writing, storytelling, genealogy, local history, material culture, folklife, and home life both modern and historic.

Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and celebrate Your Food Traditions

is writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and author of more than twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, which won the Lillian Smith Award for non-fiction, and Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music, also published by NewSouth Books. Gaillard has also received the Clarence Cason Award for Non-Fiction and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year Award. He lives just south of Mobile, Alabama, with his wife, Nancy.

Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory and a Go South to Freedom

is the Executive Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center and a lecturer with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. He is co-author of Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities and executive producer of the 2012 NEA-funded documentary film Design Your Neighborhood.

Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan

is a professor of religious studies, psychiatry, and anthropology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Gay is the author of nine books. He lives with his family in Nashville.

On the Pleasures of Owning Persons: The Hidden Face of American Slavery

's award-winning novels are packed with humor and heart. They include Death by Toilet Paper; Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen; How to Survive Middle-School; and As if Being 12-3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! Donna is a popular speaker at schools, conferences, and book festivals.

Lily and Dunkin

Kelly is CEO and Executive Editor of Home Page Media Group, where her team publishes four daily online news sites providing news to Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill, and Nolensville. Kelly sits on the national board of Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), the Davis House Child Advocacy Center Board, and is involved with the Brentwood United Methodist Church. She is deeply involved with Civil War battlefield presentation. She is married with three daughters.

was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of the poetry collection, Dear Weather Ghost, and two poetry chapbooks, Arbor and Double Blind. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Sunset City: A Novel

grew up on a farm in rural Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Evergreen State College. He is the author of Secret Ciphers of the 1876 Presidential Election. His poems have appeared in the New York Quarterly. His chapbook of poetry was selected by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Ten Best of 1994. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Kim.

Unconscious Knowledge

co-authored A Season of Darkness with Douglas Jones and An Unfinished Canvas with Michael Glasgow, is a contributor to the upcoming anthology, Masters of True Crime. In addition, she has been published in literary journals and has received awards in fiction, including Tennessee's Individual Artist Literary Award.

Pursuit in Provence: A Jordan Mayfair Mystery

was born in Memphis in 1939. She was the first woman to be ordained to holy orders in the Southern Cone of South America at Uruguay's Holy Trinity Cathedral at Montevideo. Reverend Gonzalez is the author of six books. She holds a master's degree in art history and theater from the University of Memphis and a bachelor's degree in creative writing and literature from Hollins University. She lives in Memphis.

South of Everything

 is the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello and is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

is the James Beard Award winning co-author of Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, co-authored with Nathalie Dupree, and also co-authored Southern Biscuits with Nathalie Dupree, and The One-Armed Cook: Quick and Easy Recipes, Smart Meal Plans, and Saavy Advice for New (and not-so-new) Moms with Catherine Fliegel. She also wrote the forthcoming Slow Cooking for Two and is a culinary television producer and cooking teacher. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and Les Dames d'Escoffier (LDEI) and has served on the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She lives in Atlanta.

Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook

is the author of the national best-seller Bloodroot. She was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Long Man

's first book, the story collection Follow Me, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. His next two books, the novels Collectors, and The German Woman have been published in half a dozen languages. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Playboy, One Story, Tin House, Narrative, and Zoetrope, among others. He's a Professor at the University of Louisville.

Hurry Please I Want to Know

is the author of twenty previous books, including Forrest Gump,  Conversations with the Enemy (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Shiloh  1862, and The Generals. He served in Vietnam with the Fourth  Infantry Division and lives in Point Clear, Alabama.

El Paso: A Novel

has written extensively on American music and musicians. His books include the prize-winning Elvis Presley two-part biography Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love; an acclaimed trilogy on American roots music, Sweet Soul Music, Lost Highway and Feel Like Going Home; the biographical inquiry Searching for Robert Johnson; the novel Nighthawk Blues; and Dream Boogie, a biography of Sam Cooke. He splits his time between Nashville and Massachusetts.

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock n Roll

was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Homegoing: A Novel

is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.

Children in Exile

is the author of A Gram of Mars, which won the Mary McCarthy Prize, and Strange Weather, which won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Scavengers was chosen by Benjamin Percy as the winner of the Permafrost Book Prize. She is associate professor of English at Mississippi State University.

Scavengers: Stories

's prose has appeared in Hippocampus, Arts & Letters, Prime Number, Shadowgraph, and The Sun, among other literary journals. Her debut novel Basil's Dream (Livingston Press 2009) received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Hale has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Presently, she teaches in the Antioch University-Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program, as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program. She lives in Ashewille, North Carolina.

A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations

is a children’s author who lives in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Her books include The Adventures of Jumper Jane and The Adventures of Molly the Mouse.

The Adventures of Molly the Mouse

has been a columnist for numerous publications for nearly 30 years. He has been the chair of the editorial board for 4 journals including the ABA Journal, the official publication of the American Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Journal. He has written six books on topics ranging from seersucker to civility.

Milk and Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

is a reporter for Buzzfeed. While a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, he received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his series, Breathless and Burdened, describing how the coal mining industry beat back miners' claims for black lung health benefits.

teaches at Columbia State Community College and is the author of two chapbooks and one collection of poems, Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. His poems appear in The Southern Review, Hudson Review, Poetry Northwest, North American Review, and elsewhere.

Small Revolution

was born and raised in Texas, where she still lives with her husband, children and one sneaky dog.


is the only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels. John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller's Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages and can be found in over seventy countries. A former defense attorney and stockbroker, John spends his time in North Carolina and Virginia, where he writes full-time.

Redemption Road

holds a degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in English from East Carolina University. She writes about interior design and loves connecting with readers. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son. Dear Carolina is her first novel.

Lies and Other Acts of Love

holds a degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a masters in English from East Carolina University. She writes about interior design and loves connecting with readers. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son. Dear Carolina is her first.

Lies and Other Acts of Love

is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. His books have been translated into eighteen languages. He has received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, the PEN/Malamud Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He lives in New York City.

Imagine Me Gone

is a memoirist, novelist, and editor, most recently of the novel Queen of Kings and the New York Times bestselling anthology Unnatural Creatures (co-editor with Neil Gaiman). As the author of the work of short fiction "The Traditional," she has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and a collection of star charts from the 1700s.


is the author of the novel The Boiling Season, winner of the 2013 Friends of American Writers Award. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as FiveChapters, Cimmaron Review, Narrative, Interview, and The Millions. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is editor-at-large for the University of Michigan Press. Hebert is currently the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee Libraries and lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Angels of Detroit: A Novel

is the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellow, Library of Congress, and a Distinguished Professor of Creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. Her honors include an American Book Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.

Streaming: Poems

completed a PhD at Louisiana State University. Henderson spent his entire career acting, directing, and teaching. He is a retired Professor of Theater from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and now lives in historic Franklin, Tennessee.

Here and Now, There and Then: A Collection of Stories

is the nostalgic columnist for the throwback Nashville newspaper, The Retrospect, and was a contributor and on-screen personality forthe WNPT television series "Nashville,the 20th Century in Photographs." He has been married since 1967, and has three sons and five grandchildren.

Yesterdays: A Nashville Kid Remembers the Best of Times

lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two boys. She has worked as a songwriter and performer, substitute teacher, barista, ABA therapist, and a special education teacher in a private school for kids with autism.

Suffer Love

is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. He lives in Tennessee.

The Orphan Mother

is the author of seven books. King Leopold's Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was his recent To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

is a professor Emerita of sociology at the University of California Berkeley. She explores the many ways humans manage emotions in personal life. Hochschild also preforms emotional labor in the American workplace and around the globe. Her most recent research focuses on the rise of the American right-the topic of Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.

Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read". Her second novel, Bottomland, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in March 2016. She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston.


is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He serves on the board of directors for Pen America's Pen Prison Writing Program and teaches at the University of New Haven. He lives in Harlem, New York.

Hook: A Memoir

earned an MFA in the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and then pursued a career in marketing and publishing. His fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly ReviewSewanee ReviewGettysburg Review, and other publications. He has also taught essay writing, fiction writing, and literature at Harvard University, Simmons College, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, and Elon University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Forsaken is his first novel.


taught for thirty-eight years at the University of Vermont, then served three years as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. Huddle’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Esquire, Harper’s, The Georgia Review, and in many other publications. His novel Nothing Can Make Me Do This won the 2012 Library of Virginia Award for Fictiopn, and his collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion won the 2013 PEN New England Award for Poetry.

is the Sternberg Professor of History at Rhodes College. A specialist in the history of the nineteenth-century United States, he is the author of several books and scholarly articles. His essays, reviews, and op-ed pieces have appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch website, The Weekly Standard, SCOTUSBlog, and, the New York Times.

Liberty and Union

is the author of numerous books for young adults, including The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, which won the Florida Book Awards' Gold Medal in the Young Adult category and was named to the ALA's 2015 Rainbow Book List, the anthology Violent Ends, which received a starred review from VOYA, and We Are the Ants, which received five starred reviews and was named a best book of January 2016 by,, Publishers Weekly, and iBooks. He lives in South Florida with his partner and adorably chubby dog.

We are the Ants

holds a BA and MFA in English literature and an MFA in writing. She has been a teacher for ten years, including nine years at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. Her stories and essays have been published in The Louisville Review and elsewhere. She has been included in the New Stories from the South anthology. She has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times.

The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories

is professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, York.

Pressed for All Time: Producing the Great Jazz Albums from Louis Arstrong and Billie Holiday to Miles Davis and Diana Krall

 is an eighth-generation Florida native. She likes to reimagine the family secrets that helped forge a unique culture out of the hot, mosquito-ridden Panhandle. Jay teaches Creative Writing at Florida State University in Panama City.

Annie Laura's Triumph: A Novel

is a freelance editor and writer, and an independent scholar. Though her first short story (age 12) was entitled "Drummer at Vicksburg," she had no idea she would one day be writing a serious book about the American Civil War. A transplanted Canadian, Katherine now lives in central Texas with her husband David.                            



Two Civil Wars: The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex

has been published in Niche Literary magazine. She studied children's literature at the Southampton Writers Conference, and was nameed a semi-finalist in the 2014 River Styx Micro-fiction Conest. Before becomeing an author, she worked in the field law firm talent management, where she coordinated the NAACP 50th anniversary commemoration of the historic "Brown v. Board of Education" decision. Riding Chance is her first novel. She lives in Philadelphia, PA."

Riding Chance

is an assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida. He authored the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries. Before entering academia, he worked as a journalist. A frequent public speaker, Kendi has contributed commentaries to a number of publications, including Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Signature, The Huffington Post, and The Root. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes. More than sixty million copies of her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures.


is a songwriter, recording artist and performer who brings blues, Rockabilly, New Orleans music, Zydeco, and bluegrass together to create his "Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll." Also a journalist and author, Kerr co-authored The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook and frequently writes for magazines and newspapers. Tennessee features Kerr's words and photos by George Humphries. He also contributed to The Bluebird Cafe Scrapbook, Moments with Eugene and Mobile: Sunbelt Center of Opportunity. His review of the book How Nashville Became Music City U.S.A. appeared in the nationally recognized music magazine PASTE and he continues to contribute to other magazines and newspapers. He lives in Nashville.

is a native of Germany's Black Forest region and lives in the Tennessee hills with her husband, Everett, and her dog, Tyler. She was awarded an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She is co-founder of the Chattanooga Writers Guild and leads their poetry group. Her poetry most recently was featured in Southern LightTwelve Contemporary Southern Poets and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee. She has participated in workshops in San Francisco and in Auvillar, France. 

Blackberry Winter

received his MFA from City College of New York. He is the author, with Jason Reynolds, of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor book All American Boys. His debut novel, The Gospel of Winter, has been published in eight languages, selected as one of the American Library Association's Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015, and was a Kirkus Reviews selection for the Best of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.

The Last True Love Story

is the author of two previous novels, The True Life Story of Isobel Roundtree and Maybelleen. After moving from New York to Los Angeles, she became a screenwriter; Edenland marks her return to fiction.


teaches nonfiction writing, history and ethics at Emory University in Atlanta, a position he took after a 36 year run as a newspaper reporter and editor in Mississippi, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta. He is co-author, with Gene Roberts, of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2007. Klibanoff serves as director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University (, for which undergraduates are examining Georgia and Southern history through the prism of unsolved or unpunished racially motivated murders that occurred during the modern civil rights era.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle,and the Awakening of a Nation

is a native of South Carolina. She holds a PhD in English literature and taught at Buffalo State College for over thirty years. Now retired from academe, she is a Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner who works primarily with cancer patients. She resides in Buffalo, New York.

When the Morning Breaks: Joy for the Journey

is the co-founder of the popular blog "SheReads." She lives in Nashville with her husband and four sons.

Flight of Dreams

is a mystery writer who lives outside Washington, DC. He's published three previous crime novels featuring New York City bartender Brian McNulty. Over the years, he has worked as a college professor, a union organizer, a labor journalist, and has tended bar at two dozen or so drinking establishments.

plays fiddle and vocals in Shelby Bottom String Band which performs quirky, literate Americana, originals and old songs of social relevance today, all delivered with wit and charm. Other band members include Michael August, guitar and vocals, Holly Tashian, standup bass and vocals, Bob Mason, mandolin and vocals, Gene Bush, dobro and vocals and Dave Thomas,drums and percussion.

's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, the Iowa Review, Columbia, and the anthology Forty Stories, among others. A veteran, he lives in Nashville.

We Come to Our Senses: Stories

is the author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes.

When We Collided

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.

Crimes Against Birds

is the author of six novels and three previous works of nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Mississippi Review, Granta, and many other publications. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Who Killed These Girls? The Yogurt Shop Murders

is associate professor of English at Miami Univeristy in Ohio, where she teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction. She is the author of If the Heart is Lean, and her work has appeared in Tin House, The Cincinnati Review, Granta, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, among other publications.

History of Art: Stories

is the editor of Rooted, An Anthology of Arboreal Nonfiction. His essays, reviews, and reportage have won numerous awards and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and can be found in journals and magazines such as Gulf Coast, Paris Review Daily,Fourth Genre, Arts and Letters, Sycamore Review, Sojourners, GeezRuminate, Rock and Sling, National Geographic/Glimpse, Diagram, The Drum, The Collagist, Garden and Gun, Memoir (and), New Millennium Writings, Our State, Prism, and The Northwest Review, among others. He is currently at work on a collection of meditations on the dynamics of arrival, and striving daily, sometimes hourly, to explain the nuances of figurative versus literal rhetoric to his two children, both under five, who actually kind of get it.

On Heights and Hunger

was born and raised in Southern Illinois, where her mother's family has lived for two centuries. Her poems have been included in journals including Arts and Letters, Cimmaron Review, New Madrid, and the Southern Review. Her chapbook Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past, was published by Finishing Line Press. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs.

Underwater Panther

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.

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

is associate professor of English and director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of three books of poetry and editor of Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio.


grew up within walking distance of Peace Field, the home of John and Abigail Adams. Daniel was a member of the Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston and the Quincy Historical Society. He attended Ripon College and Brandeis University and has published articles in North and South. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his family and several cats.

Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution

is a librarian, author of three All-Aboard Readers for Penguin, and a former Nashville Zoo volunteer.

Dexter the Very Good Goat

grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life's finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Stalking Jack the Ripper

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.

Disabled Monsters

is formerly the associate director of media relations at the Vanderbilt athletic department and the first-ever media relations manager for the Tampa Bay Rays,  Maraniss is now a partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. Andrew, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss, attended Vanderbilt on the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice sportswriting scholarship. As a sophomore, he first interviewed Wallace in 1989 for a black history class.

Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter, and A Series of Faults. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. A Co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emgerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat

is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever; a novel, Quakertown; a story collection, The Least You Need to Know;and two memoirs, From Our House and Turning Bones. He has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, a Lawrence Foundation Award, and the Glenna Luschei Prize. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he directs the creative writing program at The Ohio State University.

Late One Night: A Novel

has published two previous full-length collections: Superfecta (Ghost Road Press, 2008) and Runoff (BlazeVox Books, 2009). He has also been published in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Willow Springs, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. He completed his Ph.D. in creative writing at Oklahoma State in 2008, and is now teaching at Tusculum College outside of Greeneville, TN, where he also edits poetry for The Tusculum Review.


born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., she currently lives in Knoxville, where she is a full-time lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee. In the fall, she will join the English department at the University of Louisville as an assistant professor of creative writing and literature. She is also the author of Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ashahta), and PLAN/K (Horse Less Press). She received a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona.

That Our Eyes Be Rigged

is originally from Pittsburgh, and now lives in the Georgia mountains. His poems have appeared in Five Points, the Missouri Review, New England Review, New Ohio Review, New Republic, Rattle, and The Southern Review, among others. He is married to poet Chelsea Rathburn.

Unquiet Things

is the author of eight nonfiction books and two historical novels. Her debut novel, Almost to Eden, won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel, while her novel Plum Orchard won the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Best Novel. She is also a published poet and has completed workshops with former U.S. poet laureates Mark Strand and Billy Collins. She was the founding director of the MTSU Honors Program and chair of the University's Department of Foreign Languages. Since her retirement from teaching in 2004, she has become a full-time author and has won awards for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Marguerite's Landing: A Novel of Jekyll Island

is author of the novel The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. She has taught at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. The daughter of an Army officer, McCoy spent her childhood in Germany. She currently lives with her husband in El Paso, Texas. 

The Baker's Daughter

is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Ballad novels. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Southern Literature, the AWA Book of the Year, and Notable Books in both the New York Times and LA Times. She was also named a “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature. She lives and writes in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, fewer than one hundred miles from where her family settled in 1790.

Prayers the Devil Answers

is a retired professor of history from Auburn University. He is the author of numerous books on the Civil War.

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

is an award-winning freelance editor, writer, writing coach, and lecturer of Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado. He is founder of the Colorado Writers' Workshop, founder and editor-in-chief of, founder and editor of The Floodgate Poetry Series, and editor of two anthologies. His first book of poems, Ghost Gear , was a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize, the Colorado Book Award, and an INDIEFAB.

Floodgate Poetry Series: Volume 3

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. 

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

is the author of seven previous novels, a collection of short stories and three collections of essays on wine. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

Bright, Precious Days: A Novel

is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. His book, Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia, won the James I. Robertson Literary Prize in 2007.

Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia

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."

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

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.

An Ecology of Elsewhere

has a 30-year career partnering with instrumentalists and singers in concerts throughout the United States and at venues in Argentina, Malta, Santorini and Russia. She’s a sought-after collaborative pianist whom critics describe as "powerfully musical" (Kansas City Star) and "an exceptional partner" (

graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. She is the author of the middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities and the Sky Fall series for young adults. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats.

Let the Wind Rise

is half of the Miller Brothers writing team, creators of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Redball 6. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


Red Dog:A Slim in Little Egypt Mystery

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.

The Day After Death

is a children’s book lover and the creative force behind the blog Read, Write, Repeat, where she reviews books for young readers. Sophie’s Squash, her first picture book, is based on a true story—her own daughter, Sonia, once loved a squash.

Sophie's Squash Goes to School

, professor emeritus of English at Western Kentucky University, has taught and published widely in American and southern literature, art, and culture. He is the author of eight books, including Robert Penn Warren after Audubon: the Work of Aging and the Quest for Transcendence in His Later Poetry, and more than one hundred articles and essays.                                                


The Language of Vision: Photography and Southern Literature in the 1930s and 1940s

is the author of the novels The Arrivals and So Far Away. She worked for several years as a journalist for a variety of publications. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters.

The Admissions

’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. Michele Moore’s previous writings have won awards and grants, been read on pubic radio, and published in literary magazines. She wrote and co-directed a performance based on The Cigar Factory, performed at Spoleto Festival 2016.

The Cigar Factory

is an award-winning food writer and author of five cookbooks.

Buttermilk: A Savor the South Cookbook

lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is the author of After Hours under the name Claire Kennedy. As a freelance writer, she covers events and works as a technical writer when she isn't working on her YA novels. She headed up the Do The Write Thing for Nashville Project (with co-organizers/authors Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire), which tapped some of the biggest authors, editors, and agents in the industry for an online auction that raised over $70,000 for Midsouth flood relief.

Secrets, Lies and Scandals

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.

this is our war

is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA TODAY. He was also awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers and The Revisionists. His works have been named to Year's Best lists by The Chicago Tribune and USA TODAY, among others. His stories and essays have been published in Grantland, Paste, and the Huffington Post, and his Atlanta Magazine true crime story about a novelist/con man won the City and Regional Magazine Award for Best Feature. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and sons.


grew up in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, where she still lives. This is her first novel.

Night Garden

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 and The Best American Non-Required Reading series. Her award-winning work has appeared in New England Review, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, West Branch, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others. She received her MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and is currently working on a novel set in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

King of the Gypsies: Stories

investigative work of Concordia Sentinel editor Stanley Nelson made him a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and on CNN and NPR. Winner of the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, among many other honors, Nelson was one of seven reporters featured in the Columbia Journalism Review’s 50th anniversary issue, “The Art of Great Reporting."

Devil's Walking: Klan Murders Along the Mississippi in the 1960's

, 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.

Southern Applachian Farm Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Family

was born in Detroit and educated in the Midwest. She lives in Virginia with her two home-schooled children and mathmaking husband. When she isn't working as a book doctor, blogging, or drafting her second novel, she writes songs and plays guitar in a rock band.

Shine Shine Shine

is an award-winning author and screen writer. He worked on the HBO drama True Blood and the Showtime series Weeds. His books include Kentucky Straight, The Same River Twice, The Good Brother, Out of the Woods, and No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and many other anthologies. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir

is the author of the YA novel Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are The New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York.


is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Her many books include Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions; Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film; Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human; and Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media. She has published in The New York Times, and has been interviewed on ABC television news, various radio programs, and Canadian Broadcasting network.

Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape Wolf

 is an international recording artist, performer, songwriter and published poet living in Nashville, TN. His weekly “You Never Know” Songwriter Series videos – where he performs a song and share the story behind it – post every Tuesday online. His intelligent compositions have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Ann Rabson, Steve Young and many others.

A Month of Sonnets

organized the Carter presidential campaign effort known as the Peanut Brigade. During the Carter Administration, she was appointed assistant chief of Protocol at the State Department. Padgett is a former member of the Democratic National Committee, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Metropolitan Mental Health Association. She presently serves on The Carter Center Board of Councilors. Padgett lives in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia.

Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts

graduating from Columbia Military Academy, he worked briefly as salesman, mechanic, and assistant motion picture theater manager. After serving four years in the US Air Force, he earned advanced degrees in Tennessee and Ohio and taught for state universities of Texas, Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee, retiring from Memphis State University, where he was an associate professor in the creative writing program and founder of the nationally acclaimed Memphis State Review, subsequently entitled River City Review and The Pinch, now in its 36th year of publication. Page’s previous collections are Clutch Plates (1976), The Gatekeeper (1982), Bodies Not Our Own (1986), for which he received a Walter R. Smith Distinguished Book Award, and William Page Greatest Hits 1970-2000 (2001). His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The North American Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and The Sewanee Review, and in numerous anthologies. His work has been highly praised by eminent poets and critics, including Laurence Lieberman, James Dickey, and Diane Wakoski.

In This Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds

grew up in a small town in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee.After serving four years in the US Air Force, he earned advanceddegrees in Tennessee and Ohio and taught for state universities of Texas, Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee, retiring from Memphis State University, where he was founder of the nationally acclaimed Memphis State Review, subsequently entitled River City Review and The Pinch.  His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The North American Review,The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and The Sewanee Review, and in numerous anthologies. He lives with his wife in Memphis, Tennessee. 

In This Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds

lives in Berea, Kentucky with her husband and two young daughters. Her chapbook Another Offering is available from Finishing Line Press. She has been published in Rattle, The Collapsar, PMS:poemmemoirstory, and Appalachian Heritage. Her poetry has received support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Mother May I

is the poetry editor for the magazine Now and Then. She is the recipient of the Tennessee Literary Prize and the Tennessee Poetry Prize and is a contributor to New Millennium Writings.

This Shaky Earth

lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and the youngest of their four daughters. Her first novel, Precious in His Sight, won first place in the unpublished novels competition at the 2014 Blue Ridge Christian Writer's Conference. Karen is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writer's Association, Word Weavers International, and the Women's Fiction Writer's Association.

Precious In His Sight

is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.


is president of the First Amendment Center and dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University.  He is also the former editor-in-chief of USA Today. Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.

holds degrees in English and communication arts from the University of the Cumberlands. Her writing has been featured in radio programs,nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage,but now live with their daughter in the mountains of Tennessee.

The Alliance

is an award-winning poet, translator, and professor. A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, his most recent book, Elegy for a Broken Machine, was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

grew up in the South and attended a mostly white high school. She lives with her husband and their two rescue dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, where she works for a branch of National Public Radio. Into White is her fiction debut.

Into White

grew up in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and quit high school at seventeen to work in a meatpacking plant. He then spent thirty-two years employed as a laborer at the Mead Paper Corporation in Chillicothe, Ohio,before enrolling in the MFA program at Ohio State University. His first book, a collection of stories called Knockemstiff, won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship.

The Heavenly Table

grew up in rural Ohio and holds Masters Degrees in English and Library Science from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama with her husband and two children.

The Case of the Red-Handed Rhesus

is Professor of History at College of Charleston. He has served as Department Chair, Associate Chair and as Director of the M.A.History Program. He has published numerous works on African American social and cultural evolution. His major work is Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885,  which won a Choice Award for Best Academic Books. He was associate editor for The South Carolina Encyclopedia

We are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emmanuel

 is the author of Four and Twenty Blackbirds; Boneshaker, the first book in the Clockwork Century series; and several other novels. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Family Plot

holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. She is also author of the acclaimed novel River of Dust. She currently divides her time between Richmond, Virginia, and Boston.

Dreams of the Red Phoenix

novel is included in the scholarly study of Appalachian dialect, Talking Appalachian, just published by the University of Kentucky Press. One of six semi- finalists for the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Virginia, she received a Pushcart nomination as well as a Best ofûthe Net nomination in 2012. Her most recent Her Secret Dream from Wind Press in Kentucky was named the Outstanding Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association in 2008. She lives and farms on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Virginia.

The Mad Farmer's Wife

is an American novelist, essayist, and writer. He is the author of five novels, including The Berlin Trilogy (Rosa, Shadow and Light, and The Second Son), a critically acclaimed series of historical thrillers. Rosawon the 2006 Director’s Special Prize at Spain’s Semana Negra festival, and was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books of 2005. Rabb has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the 92nd Street Y, and is currently a professor in the writing department at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Among the Living

is an illustrator and international speaker/ teacher. Her work in peace education has lead her around the world, empowering over thirty thousand students to see and speak with a new voice, and an expanded capability of choice. Every path of her career supports her current work, which has bloomed in her first picture books, Words and Not Opposites for her Peace Dragon Series. The books present the first two powers of teaching peace, View and Voice.

was born in Detroit, grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Harvard. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, and Rebel Yell. She is also an award-winning songwriter, and the first black woman in history to write a number one country song. Randall lives with her husband in Nashville and is currently writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University. Like Ada, she's done battle with her weight and won. 

Ada's Rules: A Sexy, Skinny Novel and B.B. Bright, Possible Princess

is the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western CarolinaUniversity, author of six novels, four other collections of short stories, and four collections of poetry. Rash is the winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, the James Still Award of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Weatherford Award for Best Novel, and the Fiction Boo kof the Year Award of the Southern Book Critics Circle. He is a two-time finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize and twice winner of the O. Henry Prize.

The Risen

a physician and sixth-generation resident of Washington County, Georgia, was educated at Emory, Tulane, and Johns Hopkins Universities. He is the author of a number of books, as well as both popular and scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects.

The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and Sherlock. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy and The Shadow Queen. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she'll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work. She lives in Nashville with her husband and children.

The Shadow Queen

is the author of Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing WildernessRadical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia and An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God. He has also written for Harper's Magazine, The Nation, and Orion Magazine. He is currently the writer in residence at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he teaches environmental journalism,writing, and literature.

Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea

lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Cofounder of the Campaign for Real Barbecue (, his many books include Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue, coauthored with Dale Volberg Reed.

Barbecue: A Savor the South Cookbook

a twenty-plus-year veteran police detective, spent his last three years on the force as the Commander of the police department's Internal Affairs Section. He has two masters degrees and upon retiring from the police force, took a fulltime teaching position with a community college. He currently teaches criminal justice at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee and writes thrillers. He lives near Nashville with his wife and two furry friends, Lexie and Belle.

The Highest Stakes

is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. She has spent the majority of her life in Montana, but currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two daughters.

Work Like Any Other

grew up in the Appalachian Mountains with a cemetery in her backyard. She prefers her stories to have some sort of weird angle;even when she's writing a contemporary novel like A World Without You. Her other books, Across the Universe trilogy, are New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into more than twenty languages. Beth lives in a house full of boys-her husband, son, and two massive dogs. She forces them all to watch reruns of Firefly and Doctor Who in between planning trips to see the world.

A World Without You

earned a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park, then moved to Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of criticallyacclaimed When I Was Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (co-written with Bredan Kiely); and As Brave as You, his middle grade debut.


is co-editor of the anthology Voices of Transgender Parents. She has received the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, the Yellowwood Poetry Prize, and the Milton-Kessler Memorial Prize. She received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD from Western Michigan University. She is currently an Executive Editor for Dublin Poetry Review.


was born on Cape Cod and raised as a sea witch. She was the recipient of the inaugural Write a House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014. She has attended Callaloo Writer's Workshop, Cave Camen, and Bread Loaf Writer's Conference in Sicily. She is an Artist in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit and an editor at The Offing.

The Dozen

won the annual 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competitionfrom the University of Pittsburgh Press and the Witter Bynner Fellowship,  selected by United States Poet Laureate Charles Wright. He is a professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Social History

Pianist Melissa Rose has a 30-year career partnering with instrumentalists and singers in concerts throughout the United States and at venues in Argentina, Malta, Santorini and Russia. She’s a sought-after collaborative pianist whom critics describe as "powerfully musical" (Kansas City Star) and "an exceptional partner" (

lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters. His debut novel, Mr. Peanut (Knopf), a 2010 New York Times Notable Book, was also named one of the best books of the year by the New Yorker, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New Republic, and the Economist. Ladies and Gentlemen (Knopf), his short story collection, was included in Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2011. His non­fic­tion has been pub­lished in the New York Times Book Review, the Daily Beast, the Wall Street Jour­nal, Poets & Writers, GQ, and the Nashville Scene. His fic­tion has appeared in the Car­olina Quar­terly and FiveChap­ters.

Ladies and Gentlemen

is the author of The Bomb Maker's Son about lawyer Parker Stern, who takes on the representation of a forty-year fugitive from justiceaccused of a 1970s terrorist bombing that killed four people. Rotstein's Reckless Disregard was a Kirkus Review top thriller of 2014, and his Corrupt Practices received a Booklist starred review. Most recently, he has worked with author James Patterson on one of Mr. Patterson's "BookShots," scheduled for publication sometime in 2017.  Rotstein practices intellectual property law with the Los   Angeles firm Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, LLP, and has represented all the major movie studios and record companies, as well as manydirectors and writers.                                              


The Bomb Maker's Son

is an author, TV producer, screenwriter, and blogger. He hasa uthored or edited three books, and produced over 70 television segments for the Christian Broadcasting Network. He also wrote and produced the documentary, Forty Years on the Farm, a history of the oldest commune in the U.S. He has also authored three screenplays.

Disposable Thoughts: Essays on Reading, Writing, and Relationships

is a musician and writer living in Nashville. His band, Blacklist Royals, has released two full-length albums and played in sixteen countries over the past five years. Rob has written articles for Modern Drummer, Amp Magazine, Digital Tour Bus, and many music sites. Rob also works closely with the cancer community, including the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Stupid Cancer Podcast (the largest advocacy/support organization worldwide for teens with cancer), and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Die Young With Me

was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars.

If I Was Your Girl

was named Georgia Author of the Year for Mystery in 2016, and is the recipient of two Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards for her book 3 Women Walk into a Bar. Her upcoming novel, Grand Theft Cargo, will introduce tenacious trucker, Jojo Boudreaux in a fresh and innovative crime series from Down & Out Books.                  



3 Women Walk Into a Bar

is a Grammy and Americana Award-winning producer and music business consultant. She co-produced Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, honored with a 2004 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album; The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson; and the Grammy Nominated This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, which won Album of the Year at the Americana Honors and Awards in 2012. She lives in Nashville.

Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark

's writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Financial Times, Outlook, and numerous other periodicals. He is the editor of Delhi Noir, a critically acclaimed anthology of original fiction, and is on the advisory board of Wasafiri, a London-based journal of international literature. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and teaches at Wesleyan University. This is his debut novel.

South Haven: A Novel

grew up in Germany and has worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian in American international schools in Egypt, Chile, Oman, and India. After living in India for eight years, she returned to the US in the summer of 2011. She now lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. When not reading or writing, she loves to bake, hike, or watch movies. 

Be Light Like a Bird

is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books for children, teens, and adults, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and most recently, This Savage Song. When she's not wandering Scottish hills or tucked into French cafes she can be found right here in Nashville.

This Savage Song; A Gathering of Shadows

is a journalist and documentary reporter. He is the author of nine nonfiction books, including Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile: On the Road in Cuba, Hot Peppers: The Story of Cajuns and Capsicum, Consider the Eel, and The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore. He has also produced or reported more than two dozen documentaries for Catalonian public television, including the Oscar-nominated Balseros.

Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America

is a journalist and documentary reporter. He is the author of nine nonfiction books, including Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile: On the Road in Cuba, Hot Peppers: The Story of Cajuns and Capsicum, Consider the Eel: A Natural and Gastronomic History, and The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore. He has also produced or reported more than two dozen documentaries for Catalonian public television, including the Oscar-nominated Balseros.

Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America

is a teacher with two science degrees. She lives in Nashville. This is her third novel.


His first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the author of the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award, The Immaculate Invasion, a work of literary reportage that was a finalist for The New Yorker Book Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year; and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Shacochis is a contributing editor at Outside, a former columnist for Gentleman’s Quarterly, and has served as a contributing editor for Harper’s and GQ. His op-eds on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Kingdom in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away

lives with her husband in Montana's Rocky Mountain Northwest. For over twenty years, she was intimately involved in US-Japan relations in increasingly senior positions of government and diplomacy. A quest for knowledge about her Tennessee great-grandfather's life and work as a missionary in nineteenth-century Japan launched her on a new path. After long holding religion at arm's length, she now serves as an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her book has been nominated for a Christianity Today 2017 Book Award for history/biography. 

A Christian in the Land of Gods: Journey of Faith in Japan

grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of several acclaimed young adult books, and The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is her debut middle-school novel. Shepherd lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and a dog.

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Associate Professor of English and Integrative Arts, Sherrill writes, paints, teaches, and struggles with his banjo at Penn State Altoona. After receiving a welding diploma from Mitchell Community College (and the passing of a considerable amount of time), he went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction in 2002. 

The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time

has been involved in education for more than thirty years. Dr. Shoulders travels extensively, visiting schools and speaking at conferences across the country. He lives in Clarksville.

Crossing the Deadline

is the bestselling author of the novels Prep, The Man of My Dreams, American Wife, and Sisterland, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her nonfiction has been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and Glamour, and broadcast on public radio's This American Life. A native of Cincinnati, she currently lives with her family in St. Louis.

Eligible: A Re-Telling of Pride and Prejudice

Author of the award-winning Cottonwood series, Slaughter has written yet another critically acclaimed book, Sea Stories. His memoir recounts his years in the Navy during the tense relations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In one of the book’s 60 vignettes, Gary tells of the once top-secret role he played in avoiding an all-out nuclear exchange with Russia during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Some of the vignettes describe situations that were downright dangerous. Others depict day-to-day life in the Navy, and many record humorous stories about the unusual characters and incidents encountered during his naval service.

Sea Stories: A Memoir of a Naval Officer (1956-1967)

received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in New Orleans.

Free Men: A Novel

teaches in the College of Business at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a son-in-law. Leanne believes that when something calls to you, you should journey toward it. This is her first book.

Leaving Independence

received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in New Orleans.

Free Men: A Novel

was born on the blood-red clay of North Alabama and raised on the concrete sprawl of South Jersey. He has a master's degree in English from Auburn University, where he met his future wife, Kate, at the college newspaper. Smith lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he works as an editor at The Tennessean. This is his first novel.

Salamanders of the Silk Road

is a native Nashvillian and retired mental health worker. He has a big family and lots of friends. Spain is the contributing author for Filtered Through Time, Ink Monkey, and the Williamson County Historical Society Journal, and he is the author of five books: Our People: Stories of the South, Lost Cove, Come Sit With Me, The Last Giant, and Our People: More Stories of the South.

Our People: More Stories of the South

is the founder, president and managing director of Studio Tenn. Studio Tenn was founded in 2009 by nationally recognized director and designer Matt Logan, Emmy Award-winning producer Philip Hall and Broadway and film actress Marguerite Lowell Hall.

is professor of medicine, emeritus at Vanderbilt University, and has more than four decades of experience treating alcoholics and other addicts. He was the founder of the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health.

The Craving Brain: Science, Spirtuality, and the Road to Recovery

was an assistant US attorney for twenty-three years, which included volunteering and serving three tours in Iraq for the Department of Justice as the justice attache for Iraq and as an attorney-adviser to the Iraqi High Tribunal. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi and currently serves as an instructor in continuing legal education courses.

Confessions of an Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double LIfe

served as editor and executive vice-president of the Chicago Tribune, which under his tenure won nine Pulitzer Prizes. He has served as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and held the Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence at Middle Tennessee State University. He owns Two Buck Farms in Kentucky, which has bred multiple champions, including the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos. He has published several books.                       


West End

has written articles, poetry, essays, novel adaptations, TV series, feature films, nonfiction books, live theater, book and film reviews, and newspaper articles. He sold his first short story when he was ten. Since then, his retellings of American children's classics released through Dalmatian Press have sold over 1.5 million copies. His films and literary works have been released in more than 14 languages. He has written for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Esquire Magazine, among others.

Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded

is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Rick.

How to Disappear

is a Californian-turned-New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning - and then worked on staff at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn't writing, she's probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop Accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor Honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Rick.

How to Disappear

is an award-winning journalist whose 20-year career includes anchoring and reporting for MTV, PBS, NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News. Most recently she was the host of the NPR program, The TED Radio Hour.

Junk: Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff

is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.7 million copies of the trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to more than thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The Raven King

grew up in Tacoma, Washington, as a member of the Mormon church. She earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was the Fred Chappell Fellow. She is currently the managing editor of an economics journal at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Hive (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

the author of the memoirs Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and Southside Buddhist, and the poetry collection, In Thailand It Is NightSouthside Buddhist is the winner of the American Book Award and was awarded a bronze metal from the Florida Book Awards. His work has appeared in many journals, including Creative Nonficiton, Brevity, Post Road, North American Review, and Shambhala Sun. He was part of the international faculty of the City University Hong Kong MFA Program, the first Asian-focused creative writing program, and now teaches at the University of South Florida.

The Melting Season and Other Stories

received a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University ofVirginia, and a PhD from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State. A frequent contributor to, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Nashville SceneMemphis Commercial Appeal, Post Road, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, the Southeast Review, and elsewhere. A native of Central Virginia, he currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

has a doctorate in public administration and has researched the many impacts of Camp Forrest both abroad and on the home front. She currently maintains the Camp Forrest website and welcomes individuals to contact her with stories, comments, and photographs. The images included in this title were obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration and private collections.

Camp Forrest (Images of America)

was born, raised, and educated in California, but has lived in Memphis, Tennessee for more than fifty years. She retired as the Dean of Special Studies at Rhodes College, and has authored three books.

Delta Rainbow: The Irrepressible Betty Bobo Pearson

is a well-known cookbook author and editor of Edible Piedmont magazine, and the author of Fred Thompson's Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate, among other books.

Bacon: A Savor the South Cookbook

is the author of six poetry collections, and has been published in numerous journals. She teaches at Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program and is the founding executive director of the Alabama Writer's Forum, a statewide literary arts service organization.

The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller

grew up in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona and began pursuing her true passion, writing, in 2005. Since then, she has published numerous short stories in the genres of mystery, thriller, and romance. Two of her stories were selected to be read on the public radio station for the San Joaquin Valley of California. Her debut novel, Just Another Termination, is her first in a planned series of Judy Kenagy mysteries and is under contract for publication. She is currently writing the second in the series, A Promotion to Die For. Like her lead character, Thorne is a career human resources manager. She holds a BS degree in business from Arizona State University and has completed a number of graduate level courses in her field. Since her move to Tennessee in 2008, Thorne has handled the human resources function for a call center in Nashville. She lives in Hermitage, a nearby suburb, with her husband Dave, and two border collies (fur people), Abby and Mo.


Just Another Termination

is a radio host, farmer's wife, interior designer, and a girls' basketball coach. She is the author of Lessons Learned on Bull Run Road, and her work Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On was voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by the SIBA Independent Booksellers Alliance. She and her husband reside in Louisiana.

Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce: Recipes and Ramblings from the Belle of All Things Southern

is a correspondent and columnist for the Gwinnett Citizen, and she is the author of Magnolias, Sweet Tea, and Exhaust. Townsend resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Blood in the Soil: A True Tale of Racism, Sex, and Murder in the South

A former Special Assistant to the Maryland Attorney General, Trestman wrote Fair Labor Lawyer to restore legal trailblazer Bessie Margolin (1909-1996) to her rightful place in history. Trestman is the 2012 winner of the Supreme Court Historical Society’s Hughes-Gossett writing award and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and American Jewish Archives. She lives in Baltimore and is currently writing the history of New Orleans's Jewish orphanage (1855-1946), which provided shelter and opportunity to Margolin and more than 150 other Tennessee children in need.


Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin

is the managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the recipient of a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares. Poetry, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology. His work was selected as the 2001 winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches Creative Writing and Literature, and directs undergraduate and graduate students in internships and independent study in editing and literary publishing for the Department of English at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Natural State

is a pedal steel guitarist who writes about music history. He was raised in Dothan, Alabama and is an associate professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His first book, Indian Blues, won the Western History Association's 2011 W. Turrentine Jackson Prize for a first book on any aspect of the American West. 

Kīkā Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music

her novel, Selling Hope, garnered terrific reviews. A star from Booklist said, "Tubb deftly ingrains a thoughtful ethical question into the story, but never overdoes it in this bouncy tale populated by a terrific cast of characters." Kristin lives in Tennessee with her family. E.F. Abbott is her pseudonym.

John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

is a writer and recipe-developer. She has coauthored such cookbooks as Spain... A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali, It's All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen with  Dana Cowin, as well as The Kimchi Chronicles, The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, and Buvette. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, and The Wall Street Journal. She  lives in upstate New York with her wife, dogs, and cat.

Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs

is an internationally recognized landscape artist and white light painter whose work has been published in books and magazines and has also appeared as the cover art for several recent books.

Portrayals: Profiles

has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Her books include The Little Kid's Table by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle; Kooky Crumbs by J. Patrick Lewis; and Beyond The Grave. Mary has twice been awarded the Grand Prize for Illustration from the SCBWI Midsouth Conference and her piece, Eat was a finalist in the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair Gallery. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. Mary lives with her family in Nashville. 

Kooky Krumbs: Poems in Praise of Dizzy Days

grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and is a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Vance lives in San Francisco with his wife and two dogs.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir

is Poet Laureate of Tennessee. She is the author of eighteen books, and has received among other honors the Mark Twain Fellowship from Elmira College and the Literary Award from the Germantown Arts Alliance. She received the Governor's Award as Outstanding Tennessean in 2003. Her poems have been widely published and appeared on National Public Radio and public television. She devotes much of her time to traveling across the state, sharing her poetry with students.

Out of the Box

with his wife Zeneba Bowers, he is a classical musician who performs in a symphony orchestra and in ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and can be found on many recordings, both classical and popular. Walker and Bowers started in the fall of 2013 in order to share their growing body of experiences of off-the-beaten-path European travel.

Tuscany Italy: Small-town Itineraries for the Foodie Traveler

is Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University. He is the author of Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-1965.

Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century

is a native of West Virginia, and feels most at home in the Appalachian Mountains. She is the owner of Toadlily Books, an antiquarian and collectible book business. Her short story, "The Circuit," was a finalist for the Poets and Writers Award, judged by Jennifer Egan. Her debut novel Lum won the American Library Association Stonewall’s Honor Book Award and was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Associations Debut Novel Award. She is a member of the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Atlanta Writers Club, and is a fellow of The Hambridge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.


Lum: A Novel

teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. His first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men, won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters; his first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Miss Jane: A Novel

is a novelist, actor, and playwright. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ya-Yas in BloomLittle Altars Everywhere (winner of the Western States Book Award), and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (winner of the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award, short-listed for the Orange Prize), which was made into a feature film. She performs from her work internationally, and her books have been translated into twenty-three languages. A native of Louisiana, she now makes her home on an island in Puget Sound, Washington, with her spaniel and three sheep.

The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood: A Novel

is Poet Laureate of South Carolina. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. Her collections of poetry include: Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, What the Water Gives Me, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle. Wentworth is also the author of an award-winning children's book, Shackles, and Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights, with Juan E. Méndez.

We are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel

is a teacher, editor, and poet. Her first book, Mysterious Acts by My People, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Call Me By My Other Name

BJ, University of Georgia, is an award-winning journalist and Secretary of the International Association of Personal Historians. Formerly an English teacher and a cemetery manager, she has a passion for restoring and preserving individual's history and stories. She has assisted with over a score of memoir and family history books through her business, Perfect Memoirs.

Time to Tell: Your Personal and Family History

taught English at The Citadel for twenty years, after earning her Masters in English from Duke University. As a teacher, lecturer, community activist, consultant, author, and personal/professional coach, Williams draws on her experience and literary expertise to bring to light the untold story: that black women were the unflinching heroes of our times. Williams lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Hush Now, Baby: The Help Becomes Family

is an actress, writer, and advocate for dementia research and caregivers. She and her husband live in Tennessee with their two sons and two dogs. This is her first book.

Where the Light Gets In

is codirector of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project. Wise is also associate professor at University of Tennessee-Knoxville's John C. Hodges Library, coeditor of Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934, and coauthor of A Natural History of Mount Le Conte.

Smoky Jack: The Adventures of a Dog and His Master on Mount Le Conte

is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal, as well as the author of three chapbooks: Farm, There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man, and The Garden Will Give You A Fat Lip. She was awarded a fellowship for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and has been recognized for excellence in teaching.

Everything in the Universe

is a senior editor at Guernica Magazine. Her first novel featuring P.I. Kathleen Stone, The Red Chameleon, was published by Pegasus Books in 2014. Erica lives in Florida.

The Granite Moth:A Novel

is the author of four full-length collections of poems, including: Tree Heresies and Night Field Anecdote. Editor of the multivolume Southern Poetry Anthology, Wright serves as assistant editor for Shenandoah as well as founding editor for Town Creek Poetry. His essays and creative writing have recently appeared in Oxford American, Southern Poetry Review, AGNI, the Kenyon Review, and many other journals.

Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry

is an award-winning bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction. Her Cat Enright equestrian mystery series, which is set near Nashville, has won six awards, including Mom's Choice, IBPA, American Horse Publications, and Foreword book awards, and has also been optioned for film and television.

The Fame Equation: A Cat Enright Mystery

is an elementary/middle-school art teacher and author who grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The same things make her happy now as when she was a kid: dancing, painting, music, digging in the dirt, picnics, reading, and writing. Her debut picture book My Blue is Happy was a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title and was featured on multiple best-book lists. She lives with her family in Nashville.

Haggis and Tank Unleashed

is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write a novel for young adults. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son.

The Serpent King

is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write a novel for young adults. The Serpent King will be published in March 2016 and is Jeff's first novel. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son.

The Serpent King