Holly Lange, a key part of the festival since its start, takes a page from years of experience in event management, fundraising, volunteer coordination and public relations. Her role continues a narrative thread of engagement with projects unique to the state, including the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History, B.B. King Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art Centennial and Crossroads Film Festival.
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Kristen Guinn writes a new chapter in marketing and communications, to add to her more than 25 years of experience with national periodicals and her leadership roles with the Bookfriends at University Press of Mississippi and Friends of the Library at Ole Miss. It’s a role she takes to heart; her husband is author and Belhaven University creative writing professor Matthew Guinn.
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Sarah Ulmer continues her role as Project Coordinator with the festival, parlaying the skill set of her journalism background into a key information hub for the festival. She assists with the selection of exhibitors and recruitment and oversight of volunteers, as well as coordination of the Friday event for public school students held at Galloway.
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Hattiesburg native Katie Molpus is thrilled to officially join the team, after a fun turn as a volunteer with the 2018 festival. Katie puts her lifelong love of books and her English degree to excellent use with the Mississippi Book Festival, as she takes on an editorial role and assists with event logistics and the Official Panelist Selection Committee.
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Susanna Blount continues as Project Coordinator with the festival, managing event and organization logistics as thousands of book lovers convene at the State Capitol. There, her government studies at Georgetown University feel right at home. With a favorite author in Ann Patchett and work with her school newspaper, Susanna finds a welcome fit in a festival that puts reading and writing center stage.
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