Authors Alley

Authors Alley

Meet more than 60 authors and artists selling their most recent works along Mississippi Street.

Mary Abraham | Joyce Ainsworth | Jacquelyn C. Allen | Melanie Atkins | Douglas Babington | David Billings | Lottie Bogan | W. Clark Boutwell | Felicia Brookins | Wanda Nance Brooks | Alison Buehler | Joshua Cable | Melissa Carrigee | John S. Case | Chauncey Citchens | Thelma B. Cousin | Dorothy A. Day | Andy Delancy | Janet W. Ferguson | Beth McAdams Ford | Paula Goddard | Jane Golden | Elizabeth Guider | Ann Hollowell | Shirley Kianna Hopkins | H. Grady Howell Jr. | Wanda Fay Jackson | Lizy Jacob | Benny H. Jenkins | Emma A. Jimenez | Mark W. Johnson | Kimberly B. Jones | Larry Jorgensen | Hannah Kay | Jazz Keyes | Michael Lackey | LaDonna Marie | Anne Martin | Ava Lisa Maxey | Mike McCall | Patrick McCloud | Sarah McGee | Tom McGraw | Clea McLemore | Robert Moore | Virginia Sue Mordecai | Ricky Nobile | Darden North | Cleveland Payne | Katherine Dupont Phillips | Katina Rankin | Robert Rogers | Evelyn McDade Roughten | Tyra E. Rowell | Richard Schwartz | Janice A. Singleton | Andrew Snorton | Jackie Warren Tatum | Janet Taylor-Perry | Sister Alies Therese | Diane Thomas-Plunk | Michael Hicks Thompson | Thomas J. Ward Jr. | Candice A. Whigham | Clinton Ink Slingers


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Leif Anderson

Leif Anderson

Leif Anderson is a dancer, writer, artist, mother and grandmother, and the founder, performer and teacher of the dance technique and philosophy called Airth. She lives in Ocean Springs, Ms. and is the daughter of artist/naturalist, Walter Inglis Anderson, and writer/teacher, Agnes Grinstead...

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian,...

Howard Bahr

Howard Bahr

Born Aug. 3, 1946, in Meridian, Mississippi, Howard Bahr served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and worked five years as a railroad yard clerk and brakeman before beginning a long-time position as curator at Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner in Oxford, where he also taught...

Jack Bales

Jack Bales

Jack Bales has been the Reference and Humanities Librarian at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for more than 35 years. He has published numerous works on Willie Morris including Conversations with Willie Morris (2000), Shifting Interludes: Selected...

James F. Barnett, Jr.

James F. Barnett, Jr.

James “Jim” Barnett is retired as Director of the Historic Properties Division with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He is the author of three books: The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735, Mississippi’s American Indians, and Beyond Control: The...

Marion Barnwell

Marion Barnwell

Marion Barnwell taught English at Delta State University for many years. She compiled and edited A Place Called Mississippi and co-authored Touring Literary Mississippi. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi, and co-leads writing clubs in the Jackson public school system.

Scott Barretta

Scott Barretta

Scott Barretta is a writer/researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, the host of Highway 61 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, an instructor of blues courses at the University of Mississippi and Delta State University, a music columnist for the Clarion Ledger, and the former editor of,...

Cassie  Beasley

Cassie Beasley

Cassie Beasley is from rural Georgia, where, when she’s not writing, she helps out on the family pecan farm. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first book, Circus Mirandus, was a New York Times bestseller....

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz has published short stories in The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and on Granta.com, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. She received her MFA at Syracuse University as well as a BFA in acting from Boston University. She is of British-Antiguan descent and...

Adrienne Berard

Adrienne Berard

Adrienne Berard is an award-winning journalist and graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has been the Writer-in-Residence at Delta State University in Mississippi and now resides in Williamsburg.

Johnnie Bernhard

Johnnie Bernhard

A former AP English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard’s passion is reading and writing. Her work(s) have appeared in the following publications: University of Michigan Graduate Studies Publications, Heart of Ann Arbor Magazine, Houston Style Magazine, World...

Katie Blount

Katie Blount

Katie Blount became director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History February 1, 2015. Blount began her career at MDAH in 1994 in the public information section, where she worked on major initiatives including the public release of the Sovereignty Commission records, the...

Eliza Borné

Eliza Borné

Eliza Borné is the editor of the Oxford American, a quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing. Widely celebrated for its annual Southern Music issue, the OA has won four National Magazine Awards in its 25-year history, including the 2016...

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He is also the writer in...

Patricia Michelle Boyett

Patricia Michelle Boyett

Patricia Boyett is the Director of the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola University New Orleans and teaches courses for the Department of History on race, gender and social justice. She received her PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi, her BA in History from Mississippi...

Carolyn J. Brown

Carolyn J. Brown

Dr. Carolyn J. Brown is a writer, editor, and independent scholar. She attended Duke University and then the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for her Master’s and Ph.D. A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty was her first book. It was selected by the Mississippi Library...

John Gregory Brown

John Gregory Brown

John Gregory Brown is the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery; The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur; andAudubon’s Watch. For two decades he has taught and directed the creative writing program at Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, where he...

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of sixteen novels, including A Small Hotel, Hell, 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...

Julie Cantrell

Julie Cantrell

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. She is the author of two children’s books as well as Into the Free, which...

Tracy Carr

Tracy Carr

Tracy Carr is the Mississippi Center for the Book Director and the Library Services Director at the Mississippi Library Commission.

Langdon Clay

Langdon Clay

Langdon Clay was born in New York City and raised in New England. He photographs around the country and beyond for shelter, magazines, and coffee table books. The bulk of his commercial work involves architecture, interiors, gardens, and food. His art photography can be found in museums in...

Mary Ann Connell

Mary Ann Connell

Mary Ann Connell practices law with Mayo Mallette, PLLC. She served as university attorney for the University of Mississippi from 1982 to 2003. She served as the school board attorney for the Oxford, Mississippi School District from 2003 to 2013. She has taught courses in higher education...

Brian Contine

Brian Contine

Brian Contine is a Sales Manager for Penguin adult sales and sells to independent bookstores in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Prior to taking his position at Penguin, he worked at The University of Texas Press, where he spent time working in Sales, Marketing & Publicity,...

David Crews

David Crews

David Crews is the author of the Mississippi Book of Quotations. He serves as Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Mississippi. He is a former United States Marshal who spent 12 years with the U.S. Justice Department before joining the Court. Early in...

John Currence

John Currence

John Currence is chef/owner of City Grocery Restaurant Group, including City Grocery, Bouré, Big Bad Breakfast (Oxford MS, Birmingham AL and Inlet Beach FL), Snackbar, & Main Event Catering. Born and raised in New Orleans, John’s career in food has covered half the globe, but is...

Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman was Co-Director of the 2013 and 2010 Creative Nonfiction Conferences (Oxford, Mississippi). These were both 4-day conferences involving 100 participants and about 25 faculty members. She was also the Director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop (Memphis, TN)....

Margery Cuyler

Margery Cuyler

Margery Cuyler has written more than 50 children’s books, including Skeleton Hiccups, Bullies Never Win, 100th Day Worries, Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler, That’s Good! That’s Bad!, and most recently, Skeleton for Dinner...

Jim Dees

Jim Dees

Jim Dees is the author of The Statue and the Fury, which won the 2017 Independent Publishers Association’s Bronze award for best non-fiction in the South. The book was also nominated for the “Best Nonfiction Book of the Year” by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters....

Mary Lindsay Dickinson

Mary Lindsay Dickinson

Mary Lindsay Dickinson is widow of Jim Dickinson. Jim Dickinson (1941–2009) worked with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Alex Chilton, the Replacements, and T-Model Ford, among others. His sons, Luther and Cody, are the founding members of the North Mississippi Allstars. Ernest...

Timothy Duffy

Timothy Duffy

Tim Duffy’s career has been driven by the musical traditions of the American South. His championing of these traditions starts with the people who make the music. For decades now, he has provided for musicians’ basic needs, guided their careers, and documented their lives in stunning...

William  Dunlap

William Dunlap

William Dunlap is an artist, writer, arts advocate, and commentator who has distinguished himself during a career spanning more than four decades. He is the author of Short Mean Fiction: Words and Pictures, a collection of short stories with drawings. A comprehensive survey of his work...

Charles Eagles

Charles Eagles

Charles W. Eagles is William F. Winter Professor of History at the University of Mississippi and the author of Civil Rights, Culture Wars: The Fight over a Mississippi Textbook, The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, and Outside...

John T. Edge

John T. Edge

John T. Edge directs the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. He is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and a columnist for the Oxford American. In 2012, he won the James Beard Foundation’s M. F. K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. Edge has...

Helen Ellis

Helen Ellis

Helen Ellis is the author of the short story collection, American Housewife. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.

W. Ralph Eubanks

W. Ralph Eubanks

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South. His essays and criticism have appeared in the Washington...

Alvin S. Felzenberg

Alvin S. Felzenberg

Alvin S. Felzenberg was the principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission and Director of Communications for the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress. He served in two presidential administrations, as an adviser to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and on the...

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has...

William Ferris

William Ferris

William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With Ferris’s two previous books, Give My Poor Heart Ease and The Storied South, The...

Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriella’s Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable...

John Floyd

John Floyd

John M. Floyd’s work has appeared in more than 250 different publications, including The Strand Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Best American Mystery Stories. A former...

Martha Hall Foose

Martha Hall Foose

Martha Hall Foose is the author of Screen Doors & Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales of a Southern Cook, the best-selling homage to Southern cooking, won the James Beard Award for American Cooking and The Southern Independent Booksellers Award. Her other titles include: A Southerly...

Gilbert Ford

Gilbert Ford

Gilbert Ford grew up in a family of professional photographers in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for...

Richard Ford

Richard Ford

Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day—the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—The Lay of the Land, and New York Times bestseller Let Me Be...

Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was nominated for nine awards and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous...

Jimmie Gates

Jimmie Gates

Jimmie is a legal and political writer as well as columnist for The Clarion-Ledger. He has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist covering the people, places and things that make Mississippi special. Jimmie has won numerous awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi award, the Best...

Tim Gautreaux

Tim Gautreaux

Tim Gautreaux is the author of three novels and two earlier short story collections. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and GQ. After teaching for thirty years at Southeastern Louisiana University, he now...

Peter Geye

Peter Geye

Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, where he continues to live. His previous novels are Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road. Wintering also recently won the Minnesota Book Award.

Ellen Gilchrist

Ellen Gilchrist

Ellen Gilchrist, Fayetteville, Arkansas, teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of several collections of short stories and novellas including The Cabal and Other Stories, Flights of Angels, The Age of Miracles, The Courts of...

Craig Gill

Craig Gill

Craig W. Gill is the Director of the University Press of Mississippi. He has worked at the press for almost twenty years rising from Senior Editor to Editor-in-Chief to Director. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin he has worked in scholarly publishing for twenty-seven years at...

Richard Grant

Richard Grant

Richard Grant is an author, journalist and television host. He grew up in London, England, and now lives in Jackson, Mississippi. His last book, Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta, was a New York Times bestseller and the best-selling book in Mississippi for the...

Kristin L. Gray

Kristin L. Gray

Kristin L. Gray drinks coffee (cream, no sugar) and writes books (funny, not sad) from her home in northwest Arkansas. She loves to read, walk her dogs, and eat cake for breakfast. Kristin’s fourth-grade self would never believe she has five children, two dogs, one fish, a bearded dragon,...

Miriam Gray

Miriam Gray

Ms. Miriam Gray currently serves as an English II Instructor at Lanier High School. Ms. Gray recently completed her seventh year as an educator. Gray received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature from Millsaps College and her Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education from...

Chandler Griffin

Chandler Griffin

Chandler Griffin is Mississippi native, documentary filmmaker, educator and the Founder of Barefoot Workshops, with sixteen years of experience leading over one hundred and twenty media-based workshops across twenty-four countries. Chandler and his wife, Alison Fast, are continuously...

Matthew Guinn

Matthew Guinn

Matthew Guinn’s first novel, The Resurrectionist, was a finalist for the Edgar Award. A native Atlantan, he now lives with his family in Jackson, Mississippi.

Phillip Hardwick

Phillip Hardwick

Phil Hardwick loves a good mystery. Early in his career, he solved real ones as a police officer and state investigator. These days he’s an economic developer and college instructor who spends his spare time writing mysteries. He is the author of The Mississippi Mystery Series, a...

Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper

In November of 2016, Congressman Gregg Harper was elected to serve his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives after having been first elected to Congress in November of 2008. Gregg represents Mississippi’s Third Congressional District, which stretches from Wilkinson County in...

Derrick  Harriell

Derrick Harriell

Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s worked as assistant poetry editor for Third World Press and The Cream City Review and has taught community writing workshops for individuals of all ages, including senior citizens. A two-­time Pushcart...

Derrick Harriell

Derrick Harriell

Derrick Harriell is the director of the Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing Program and assistant professor of English and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. He’s the author of three collections of poetry: Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books, 2010),...

Jessica B. Harris

Jessica B. Harris

Jessica B. Harris is one of a handful of African Americans who have achieved prominence in the culinary world. She holds a PhD from NYU, teaches English at Queens College, and lectures internationally. The author of the memoir My Soul Looks Back as well as twelve cookbooks, her...

Jamie Harrison

Jamie Harrison

Jamie Harrison has lived in Montana with her family for almost thirty years. She has worked as a caterer, writer, and as a technical editor for archaeological, botanical, and biological reports. She is the daughter of Jim Harrison. She has previously published the Blue Deer series...

Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S....

Toni Hetzel

Toni Hetzel

Toni Hetzel has been a lifelong avid reader. She has been a road warrior for Random House books for more than 17 years, and worked in a bookstore for many years prior. She lives in Decatur, GA, with her family.

Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt

Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family’s Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father’s military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and...

Leslie Hossfeld

Leslie Hossfeld

Dr. Leslie Hossfeld is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University. She is trained in Rural Sociology from North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Hossfeld has extensive experience examining rural poverty and economic...

Judy Hottensen

Judy Hottensen

Judy Hottensen is the Associate Publisher at Grove Atlantic. She worked with, travelled with, ate and drank with—and adored—Jim Harrison. Previously she was Publisher of Weinstein Books, an imprint associated with the film company, and worked at Pantheon Books, Simon and Schuster, and...

Vivian Howard

Vivian Howard

Born in Deep Run, NC to a farming household, Vivian Howard learned early on to appreciate the ebb and flow of eating with the seasons. After graduating from North Carolina State University, Vivian moved to New York and began training under Voyage chef Scott Barton. She later went on to...

Jeffery B. Howell

Jeffery B. Howell

Jeffery B. Howell, a native of Durant, Mississippi, is an Associate Professor of History at East Georgia State College in Statesboro, Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Mississippi State University. He earned a M.Div. from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary in...

Richard Howorth

Richard Howorth

Richard Howorth is founder & owner of Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, where he served two terms as the city’s mayor.

Ladee Hubbard

Ladee Hubbard

Ladee Hubbard is a winner of the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the William Faulkner—William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds a BA from Princeton University, an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, an...

Greg Iles

Greg Iles

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New...

Linda W.  Jackson

Linda W. Jackson

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta town of Rosedale, Linda Williams Jackson likes to spin stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Her debut middle grade historical novel, Midnight Without a Moon, is about an ordinary thirteen-year-old African-American girl, Rose Lee...

Pamela Junior

Pamela Junior

Motivational speaker and historian, Pamela D.C. Junior is the newly appointed director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum located in Jackson, Mississippi. As director over the first state sponsored civil rights museum in the country, Ms. Junior realizes the importance in telling the...

Michael Kardos

Michael Kardos

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of the year, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern...

Taylor  Kitchings

Taylor Kitchings

Taylor Kitchings is the 2016 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction for his novel YARD WAR, published by Wendy Lamb/Penguin Random House. YARD WAR is also a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Southern Independent Booksellers “OKRA Pick,” a Scholastic...

Michael Knight

Michael Knight

Michael Knight is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod; the short-story collections Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody; and the novella The Holiday Season. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and...

Jeffrey Lent

Jeffrey Lent

Jeffrey Lent was born in Vermont and grew up there and in western New York State. He studied literature and psychology at Franconia College in New Hampshire and SUNY Purchase. His first novel, In the Fall, was a national bestseller. His other novels are Lost Nation, A Peculiar Grace, After...

Phillip Lewis

Phillip Lewis

Phillip Lewis is a writer from North Carolina. The Barrowfields is his first novel.

Odie Lindsey

Odie Lindsey

Odie Lindsey’s fiction appears in Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, Guernica, Electric Literature, Fourteen Hills and elsewhere. He is a combat veteran, and his related story collection, We Come To Our Senses (W.W. Norton), was included on...

Bill Loehfelm

Bill Loehfelm

Bill Loehfelm is the author of the critically acclaimed Devil series about New Orleans Police Department rookie Maureen Coughlin, featuring the novels, Let the Devil Out, Doing the Devil’s Work, The Devil in Her Way, and The Devil She Knows. He is also the...

Robert Luckett

Robert Luckett

Robby Luckett received his BA in political science from Yale University and his PhD from the University of Georgia with a focus on modern civil rights movement history. A native Mississippian, he returned home, where he is a tenured Associate Professor of History and Director of the...

Ebony Lumumba

Ebony Lumumba

Ebony Lumumba is currently an assistant professor of English at Tougaloo College where she teaches courses in global and American literature and chairs the department of English and Modern Languages. She is also a doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of...

Carter Dalton  Lyon

Carter Dalton Lyon

Born in 1977, Carter Dalton Lyon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where he attended public schools and graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1995. He went to college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, majoring in history and completing an honor’s thesis on the...

Suzanne Marrs

Suzanne Marrs

Professor Emerita of English at Millsaps College where she taught for twenty-seven years, Suzanne Marrs received the 1998 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Welty Scholarship from the Eudora Welty Society, and she was Mississippi’s Humanities Scholar of the Year in 2009. She is currently...

John Marszalek

John Marszalek

John Marzalek is graduate of Canisiu College, 1961, where he received his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, 1963, 1968. He participated in ROTC at Canisius and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Intelligence branch upon graduation. He was on active duty from...

Clara Martin

Clara Martin

Since 2016, Clara Martin is the curator and owner of Twenty by Jenny (www.twentybyjenny.com), a children’s book review site started by Jennifer Brown, now VP Publisher of Knopf Books for Young Readers. Clara grew up in Jackson, MS, home to Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, and William...

Jimmi Mayes

Jimmi Mayes

Jimmi Mayes was born in Jackson, MS. During his high school years he performed in Mississippi Juke Joints with touring groups and after graduating from high school he left to pursue his career as a musician. Before he was twenty-one he was performing and touring with musicians who were...

Panny Flautt  Mayfield

Panny Flautt Mayfield

Panny Flautt Mayfield, a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Delta, is an award-winning journalist who has been photographing blues and gospel musicians at festivals, clubs, churches, and juke joints for decades. Her collections have been exhibited in museums across the United States and...

Charline McCord

Charline McCord

Charline R. McCord, a resident of Clinton, Mississippi, was born in Hattiesburg and grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, and Jackson, Tennessee. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Mississippi College,...

Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Maybe a Fox, Firefly Hollow, Little Boy, So Many Days, Star Bright, A Very Brave Witch, and the Bink and Gollie books. Her other children’s books include...

Moriah McStay

Moriah McStay

Moriah McStay received a BA at Northwestern University, and two master’s degrees at University of Chicago. None of her degrees have anything to do with writing. Before her current life as a writer, she worked in finance and non-profit program management. Her first novel is...

Mary Miller

Mary Miller

Mary Miller is from Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of two collections of stories, Big World (SF/LD Books, 2009), and Always Happy Hour (Liveright, 2017), as well as a novel, The Last Days of California (Liveright, 2014), which has been optioned for film by Amazon...

Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell

The stories of Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell have helped put four Klansmen and a suspected serial killer behind bars. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption, helping lead to investigations, exonerations, firings and reforms of state agencies. A winner...

Matt Moore

Matt Moore

The son of a cattleman and grandson of a butcher, Matt Moore is the quintessential Southern cook. Author of A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen, his food writing has garnered critical acclaim from publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. His...

JoAnne Prichard Morris

JoAnne Prichard Morris

A lifelong Mississippian, Morris is retired from the University Press of Mississippi, where she was executive editor for many years living in Jackson. She is the widow of the writer Willie Morris.

Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson

The 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...

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic (Copper Canyon, 2018). Her collection of nature essays is forthcoming from Milkweed. Honors include a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is poetry editor of...

Jill O'Connor

Jill O'Connor

Jill O’Connor is a pastry chef, food writer and author of seven cookbooks. She trained at the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in London, England and studied with the late pastry chef Albert Kumin at The International Pastry Arts Center in Elmsford, New York. She holds a BA in English from...

Gregg Orr

Gregg Orr

Gregg Orr, director for Ericsson, is a vice president with Westower Communications and has assembled the most complete private collection of Jim Harrison’s published material known to exist. He assisted in the preparation of the Rothschild bibliographical catalog of William Somerset...

Joanne O'Sullivan

Joanne O'Sullivan

Joanne O’Sullivan is a journalist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. She lived in New Orleans for several years and returns to southern Louisiana frequently. Between Two Skies is her debut novel. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and children.

Ted Ownby

Ted Ownby

Ted Ownby teaches History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, where he is director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He is coeditor, with Charles Reagan Wilson and associate editors Ann Abadie, Odie Lindsey and James G. Thomas of The Mississippi...

Robert Pearigen

Robert Pearigen

Dr. Robert Wesley Pearigen is the eleventh president of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Pearigen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he earned a bachelor of arts in political science. He received his...

Jessica Pearson

Jessica Pearson

Jessica Pearson lives in Nashville, TN and feels lucky to spend her days traveling around the Southeast talking to independent bookstores about Penguin Random House’s amazing books. This truly is the perfect job for a kid who could never see over her summer reading stack of library books....

Otto Penzler

Otto Penzler

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, and founded The Mysterious Press in 1975, which now publishes original books as an imprint at Grove/Atlantic in the United States and Head of Zeus in the U.K., as well as classic crime fiction through...

Tom  Piazza

Tom Piazza

Tom Piazza is the author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels A Free State and City Of Refuge, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, and the essay collection Devil Sent The Rain. He was a principal writer for the...

Michael Pickard

Michael Pickard

Michael Pickard is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Millsaps College. The 2005 Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, he has served on the faculty of the McMullan Young Writers Workshop and directs the Millsaps English Department’s...

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poems: The Tornado Is the World, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters poetry prize, The Girls of Peculiar, also a winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters poetry prize, and Famous Last...

Harriet Pollack

Harriet Pollack

Harriet Pollack’s most recent book is Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography: The Body of The Other Woman. (University of Georgia Press). It identifies and explores a pattern in Welty’s work in which a sheltered middle-class daughter is disturbed or delighted by a woman from...

H.C. Porter

H.C. Porter

H.C. Porter, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, is an internationally known painter, printmaker and photographer with a signature gallery in Historic Downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the globe and has been featured in numerous museum...

Marshall  Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey is a two-time Pulitzer Finalist (2002 and 2006). His editorial cartoons are nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He is the author several successful books including...

Ron Rash

Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall, in addition to four prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four...

Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Judy Moody series, written by Meghan McDonald; The Dot; Ish; Sky Color; and Allison McGhee’s Someday, selling more than two million books in over 25...

Mark Richard

Mark Richard

Mark Richard is the author of national bestseller House of Prayer No. 2 as well as two award-winning short story collections The Ice at the Bottom of the World, and Charity; and a bestselling novel, Fishboy. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker,...

Eric Rohmann

Eric Rohmann

Eric Rohmann is the Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator of My Friend Rabbit and received a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He has both written and illustrated numerous books for children, including Oh, No! and Bone Dog. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Ellen Ruffin

Ellen Ruffin

Ellen Hunter Ruffin serves as the curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. In the American Library Association, Ruffin has served on several prestigious committees: The John Newbery Award, The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the...

R. Kim Rushing

R. Kim Rushing

R. Kim Rushing, Cleveland, Mississippi, has taught photography at Delta State University for twenty-three years. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Garden and Gun.

Sid Salter

Sid Salter

Sidney L. “Sid” Salter is Chief Communications Officer and Director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University. In that role, he leads a team of marketing and communications professionals in producing print, broadcast, and new media content designed to...

Otis Sanford

Otis Sanford

Otis Sanford holds the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economic and Managerial Journalism at the University of Memphis, and is the author of the critically acclaimed new book, “From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics.” Sanford also serves as the political...

Augusta Scattergood

Augusta Scattergood

Augusta Scattergood’s debut novel GLORY BE appeared on numerous state reading lists and received the SCBWI Crystal Kite southeastern region’s medal and the Mississippi Library Association Award. Her second historical fiction book, THE WAY TO STAY IN DESTINY, was an Amazon best book of...

Susan Schadt

Susan Schadt

Known for chronicling and celebrating American sporting life and culinary culture through her novels, award-winning publisher, editor and author Susan Schadt launched Susan Schadt Press in February 2015. Before launching her publishing company, Schadt was president and CEO of ArtsMemphis,...

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth and law at UC Berkeley. A recipient of the Lombard fellowship, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing. Her work has been nominated for a...

Corabel Shofner

Corabel Shofner

Corabel Shofner (Bel Alexander) is a wife, mother, attorney, and author. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature and was on Law Review at Vanderbilt University School of Law. She lived in Jackson, Pass Christian, Clarksdale, and her grandmother’s...

Carol Ruth Silver

Carol Ruth Silver

Carol Ruth Silver practiced law for 50 years in California, then retired and entered onto her next careers: She was appointed in 2015 to the Board of Trustees, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Mendocino, California. Her book, Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison, was...

Elise Smith

Elise Smith

Elise Smith is Professor of Art History and Sanderson Chair of Arts and Sciences at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She received her M.A. at Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to numerous articles on art historical...

Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You:...

Lachlan Smith

Lachlan Smith

Lachlan Smith was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford and received an MFA from Cornell. He has written four previous books in the Leo Maxwell Mystery series: Bear Is Broken, which won the 2014 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, Lion Plays Rough, Panther’s...

Mandy Robbins Smith

Mandy Robbins Smith

Mandy Robbins Smith holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she specialized in realistic contemporary YA. She has been a children’s bookseller at Lemuria Bookstore and has experience teaching creative writing. She lives in Jackson,...

Matthew Clark Smith

Matthew Clark Smith

Matthew Clark Smith grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. The author of two children’s biographies, Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects and Lighter than Air: Sophie...

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author of several novels, including Desperation Road (Amazon Best Books, Barnes & Noble Discover pick, Indie Next selection), Rivers (for which he received the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for Fiction), and The Hands of Strangers. He has been...

Timothy B. Smith

Timothy B. Smith

Timothy B. Smith (Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 2001) is a veteran of the National Park Service and currently teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In addition to numerous articles and essays, he is the author, editor, or co-editor of twenty books, including...

Randy Sparks

Randy Sparks

Randy J. Sparks, an associate professor of history at Tulane University, is the author of On Jordan’s Stormy Banks: Evangelical Religion in Mississippi, 1773-1876.

Jack Spencer

Jack Spencer

Jack Spencer is a fine art photographer whose work is in major private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Berkeley Art Museum; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Brookings Institution, Fairfax, Virginia;...

Seetha Srinivasan

Seetha Srinivasan

Seetha Srinivasan is director emerita of the University Press of Mississippi. She joined the press in 1979 as its first acquiring editor and advanced to become director in 1998, from which position she retired in 2008. Srinivasan played a major role in putting the press on a firm footing...

Walter Stahr

Walter Stahr

Walter Stahr is the author of Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary; Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, a biography of one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century; and John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America’s first Supreme Court Chief...

Shalanda  Stanley

Shalanda Stanley

Shalanda Stanley grew up in Louisiana and earned her BA in creative writing at Florida State University. She has a Med in special education from the University of Louisiana Monroe and a PhD from Louisiana State University in curriculum and instruction, with a focus in reading and literacy...

Robert  St. John

Robert St. John

Robert St. John has spent more than three decades in the restaurant business. Twenty-eight of those years have been as the owner, CEO and Executive Chef of the Purple Parrot Café, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg, MS. St. John is a...

Grif  Stockley

Grif Stockley

Grif Stockley is a native of Lake Cormorant, Mississippi where his father owned a cotton plantation. The family moved to Marianna, Arkansas when Grif was two. He graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1965. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the northern coast...

Roger Stolle

Roger Stolle

Roger Stolle is an author, filmmaker, music producer, marketer and entrepreneur. He left a successful advertising career in St. Louis 15 years ago and moved to the Magnolia State with a mission to “organize and promote the blues from within,” founding Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art...

Eric Svenson

Eric Svenson


Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University...

James G. Thomas, Jr.

James G. Thomas, Jr.

James G. Thomas, Jr. is associate director for publications at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy and a master’s degree in Southern Studies, both from the University of Mississippi. In...

Valerie Walley

Valerie Walley

Valerie Walley is a Regional Sales Director for Penguin Random House. She lives in Ridgeland.

Daren Wang

Daren Wang

Daren Wang is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country. Before launching the festival, he had a 20-year career in public radio, both national and local, with a particular focus on books and...

Hollis Watkins

Hollis Watkins

Hollis Watkins is the Founder and President of Southern Echo, Inc., located in Jackson, MS. Southern Echo is a leadership development, education, training, and technical assistance organization dedicated to empowering local residents throughout Mississippi and the Southern region to make...

Lorie Watkins

Lorie Watkins

Lorie Watkins is Associate Professor of English at William Carey University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. Her research interests include southern literature, African American literature, and American modernism. She is the author of William...

Norma Watkins

Norma Watkins

Norma Watkins grew up in Mississippi, where she studied writing with Eudora Welty. She left in the mid-1960s, during the civil rights struggles. Her 2011 memoir, The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure tells the story of those years. The book won a gold medal for the best book...

David Wharton

David Wharton

David Wharton is Director of Documentary Studies at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He has an MFA in photography and a Ph.D in American Studies, both from the University of Texas. He is the author of three books of photographs: The Soul of a...

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker’s work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, Joyland, Split Lip Magazine, Bodega, and others. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and New York University. Her debut novel, The Animators, was a Spring 2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New...

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Malcolm White has returned to lead the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) as Executive Director. He previously held the position from 2005 – 2012, after which he became director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. While there, White developed and implemented...

Neil White

Neil White

Neil White has been a newspaper editor, magazine publisher, advertising executive and federal prisoner. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays, and teaches memoir writing. His memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts...

Kathleen Wickham

Kathleen Wickham

Dr. Kathleen Woodruff Wickham is a professor of journalism in the School of Journalism & New Media at The University of Mississippi. She is the author of four books, including We Believed We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration. Dr. Wickham...

Curtis Wilkie

Curtis Wilkie

Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Wilkie was educated in public schools of Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He served as reporter and editor on the staff of the Clarksdale Press Register 1963-69 in the...

Diane Williams

Diane Williams

Diane is a professional storyteller, published author and mixed media fiber artists. She is the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers, the Special Chair’s Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Oracle Award for...

Charles Reagan Wilson

Charles Reagan Wilson

Charles Reagan Wilson is professor emeritus at the University of Mississippi and former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He is author of Flashes of a Southern Spirit: Meanings of the Spirit in the U.S. South (2007), Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern...

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Family Fang, named a best book of the year by Time, People, Salon, and Esquire. His story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association as well as...

Barry Wolverton

Barry Wolverton

Barry Wolverton has been writing for children for 20 years, including books, TV shows, and web content for Discovery Networks, National Geographic, the Library of Congress, Scholastic, and Time-Life Books. Neversink was his first novel and was named the Children’s Book of Choice by...

Steve Yates

Steve Yates

Steve Yates is the author of the Knickerbocker Prize-winning Sandy and Wayne: A Novella, the Juniper Prize-winning Some Kinds of Love: Stories, and the novels Morkan’s Quarry and its sequel, The Teeth of the Souls. He is associate director / marketing director...

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