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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John  Anderson

John Anderson

John David Anderson is the author of many books for young readers, including Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and a perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis.

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...

J.  Annis Jr.

J. Annis Jr.

J. Lee Annis Jr., Silver Spring, Maryland, has taught history at Montgomery College for the past thirty years. He is the author of Howard Baker: Conciliator in an Age of Crisis, and, with Senator William H. Frist, the coauthor of Tennessee Senators, 1911-2001: Portraits of Leadership in a...

Kathi  Appelt

Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt’s books have won numerous national and state awards, including the Irma and Simon Black Award, Children’s Choice Award, Teacher’s Choice Award, the Oppenheimer Gold Award, Parent’s Choice Award, Storytelling World Award, Growing Good Kids Award, Texas Writer’s League...

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...

Howard  Bahr

Howard Bahr

Born August 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...

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  Barnett Jr.

James Barnett Jr.

James F. Barnett Jr., Natchez, Mississippi, was director of the division of historic properties at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Natchez. He is the author of The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735 and Mississippi’s American Indians, both published...

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,...

Rick  Bass

Rick Bass

Rick Bass, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for his memoir Why I Came West, was born and raised in Texas, worked as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi, and has lived in Montana’s Yaak Valley for almost three decades. His short fiction, which has appeared in The...

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....

John  Bemis

John Bemis

John Claude Bemis is an award-winning author, musician, and educator. His novels include The Prince Who Fell from the Sky and the Clockwork Dark trilogy: The Nine Pound Hammer, The Wolf Tree, and The White City. John was chosen as North Carolina’s Piedmont...

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...

Roy Blount Jr.

Roy Blount Jr.

Roy Blount Jr. grew up in Decatur, Georgia, and his education includes degrees from Vanderbilt and Harvard. A prolific writer, his career has included stints at the Atlanta Journal and Sports Illustrated, where he is still a contributor. His essays, articles and stories have appeared in...

Charles  Bolton

Charles Bolton

Charles C. Bolton is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography, The Hardest Deal of All: The Battle over School Integration in Mississippi, 1870-­1980, and Poor Whites...

Louise Borden

Louise Borden

Louise Borden is the author of nineteen picture books, including The Journey That Saved Curious George. She frequently speaks about the writing process to students and teachers — her travels have taken her to over five hundred schools across the country. A history major in...

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...

Paulette Boudreaux

Paulette Boudreaux

Paulette Boudreaux grew up in Mississippi, where she honed her storytelling skills by eavesdropping and daydreaming. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and went on to write for The Boston Globe, the United Way, and MIT, among others. She...

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  Boyett

Patricia Boyett

Patricia Boyett earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi, her B.A. in history from Mississippi Valley State University, and her B.F.A. in theatre from Arizona State University. She has worked in media as a disc jockey, in film as a story analyst, and 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...

William  Boyle

William Boyle

William Boyle is from the neighborhood of Gravesend in Brooklyn, NY. He’s the author of the novel Gravesend, which was recently translated into French and published by François Guérif as #1,000 in the Rivages/Noir collection. He’s also the author of a story collection, Death...

Carolyn  Brown

Carolyn Brown

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 is her first book. It won the Mississippi Library Association’s Award...

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...

Taylor  Brown

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of western North Carolina. His fiction has appeared in more than twenty publications including The Baltimore Review, The North Carolina Literary Review, and storySouth. He is the...

Trent  Brown

Trent Brown

Trent Brown is associate professor of American studies at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is the author of three books including, with Ed King, Ed King’s Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer, published by University Press of Mississippi. He is...

Robert  Butler

Robert Butler

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels—The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning,Hell and...

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...

Garnette Cadogan

Garnette Cadogan

Garnette Cadogan is Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the editor­-at-­large of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (edited by...

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.

Nicole  Castroman

Nicole Castroman

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her. At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and...

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...

Maude  Clay

Maude Clay

Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she assisted the photographer William Eggleston. She moved to New York City and worked at LIGHT Gallery and then as a photography editor and photographer...

Rick  Cleveland

Rick Cleveland

Rick Cleveland has served as the executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum since May of 2012 and moved into his role as Museum Historian in January 2016. A native of Hattiesburg, Rick is the most decorated sports journalist in Mississippi history. In more than...

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,...

Michael Copperman

Michael Copperman

Michael Copperman’s writing has appeared in Oxford American, Creative Nonfiction, and Guernica. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, and is the recipient of a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Council. From 2002 to 2004 he taught fourth grade in the rural public schools of the...

Brannon Costello

Brannon Costello

Brannon Costello, a native of Flora, MS, is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he teaches and writes about southern literature and comics. His books include Plantation Airs: Racial Paternalism and the Transformations of Class in Southern Fiction, Comics...

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...

James  Crocket

James Crocket

James R. Crocket, Madison, Mississippi, is professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi and adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Hands in the Till: Embezzlement of Public Monies in Mississippi and Operation...

Ed Croom

Ed Croom

Ed Croom, Oxford, Mississippi, is a retired botanist from the University of Mississippi. His work has appeared in the books Herbal and Magical Medicine; Taxol: Science and Application; and Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements as well as other plant science and chemical...

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 has been the host of the The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour since the fall of 2000. He is the author of Lies and Other Truths, a collection of his newspaper columns and the editor of They Write Among Us, an anthology of Oxford writers. His writing has appeared in...

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....

Natashia  Deón

Natashia Deón

Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf, Dickinson House in Belgium and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Named one of 2013’s Most Fascinating People by L.A. Weekly, she has an...

Kate  DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (The Tale of Despereaux, 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie, 2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006),...

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...

Anton  DiSclafani

Anton DiSclafani

Anton DiSclafani is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. She was raised in northern Florida.

Bee  Donley

Bee Donley

Bee Donley taught thousands of students during her long career as a Jackson-area educator. In 1964 she joined the faculty of Murrah High School as an English teacher, and went on to teach at Brinkley High School, Jackson Prep and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She retired in 1998, and...

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...

Kendall  Dunkelberg

Kendall Dunkelberg

Kendall Dunkelberg is a poet and teacher who lives with Kim, Aidan, and their dog Aleida (plus the occasional foster or stray) in their 100­-year-­old house, where he enjoys letting wildflowers (known to his neighbors as weeds) grow in the yard and watching the spring and fall migrations...

Bill Dunlap

Bill Dunlap

Honored in his field, Bill Dunlap has received awards and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation for study and travel in Southeast Asia, Warhol Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters,...

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.  Eubanks

W. Eubanks

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past (Basic Books), which Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley named as one of the best nonfiction books of 2003. He has contributed articles to the Washington Post...

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...

Tim  Fielder

Tim Fielder

Tim Fielder is an Illustrator, concept designer, cartoonist, and animator born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He has a lifelong love of Visual Afrofutuism, Pulp entertainment, and action films. He holds other afrofuturists such as Samuel Delany, Steven Barnes, and Octavia Butler as...

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...

Sara Foster

Sara Foster

Sara Foster’s love of Southern fare began in her Granny Foster’s Tennessee kitchen. There, the combination of down­home comfort, fresh­from­the­farm ingredients, and dedicated preparation hooked her for life. Now, in Foster’s Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary...

Ke Francis

Ke Francis

Ke Francis is a narrative artist who is a former winner of a Mississippi Arts and Letters award, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Award, a Southern Arts Federation Award and numerous individual artist’s grants. His artist’s books include his stories and poems and are...

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...

Barbara Gauntt

Barbara Gauntt

Barbara Gauntt has been an award-winning photojournalist for over 30 years with more than a quarter century at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson. She’s currently a content coordinator for The Ledger’s community publications. She’s been published in various international as well as...

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...

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 Love, In the Land of Dreamy...

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...

Melissa  Ginsberg

Melissa Ginsberg

Melissa Ginsburg is the author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost, published by Four Way Books, and the chapbook Arbor, from New Michigan Press. Her poems have appeared in Field, Pleiades, Jubilat, Denver Quarterly, and other magazines. She holds a BA in...

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...

Richard  Grant

Richard Grant

Richard Grant is an author, journalist and television host. He currently writes for Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, The Telegraph UK, Aeon and several other publications. He grew up in London, England, and now lives in...

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.

Becky Hagenston

Becky Hagenston

Becky Hagenston is the author of three story collections: Scavengers (winner of the 2015 Permafrost Prize), Strange Weather (winner of the Spokane Prize), and A Gram of Mars (winner of Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize). Her work has appeared in The Southern...

John  Hailman

John Hailman

John Hailman is an Overby Fellow and the author of a critically acclaimed biography entitled Thomas Jefferson On Wine, From Midnight to Guntown; The Search for Good Wine, a compilation of his columns, Return to Guntown, and a law school text: Law and Literature from...

Jon  Hale

Jon Hale

Jon N. Hale is an assistant professor of civil rights and educational history at the College of Charleston. He is a coauthor of To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools.

Robert  Hamblin

Robert Hamblin

Robert W. Hamblin is professor emeritus of English and the founding director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. A native of northeast Mississippi, he completed advanced degrees at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Faulkner’s hometown. He has...

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...

Sarah Hardy

Sarah Hardy

Sarah Frances Hardy is a children’s author, illustrator, and professional painter. A former lawyer, Hardy studied art at the Parsons School of Design and has had her paintings featured in galleries and commercial establishments. She is the author and illustrator of two books: Puzzled...

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 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),...

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...

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...

John  Hart

John Hart

John Hart is the author of the upcoming Redemption Road, and of four New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child and Iron House. The only author in history to win the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, John has also won the Barry...

Debbie  Harwell

Debbie Harwell

Debbie Z. Harwell, Kingwood, Texas, teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston and serves as the managing editor of Houston History. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Southern History.

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....

Gerard  Helferich

Gerard Helferich

Gerard Helferich is the author of four highly praised books: Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance, and the Campaign of 1912 (Lyons Press/Globe Pequot, 2013), which was a New York Times e-book bestseller; Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the...

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.

Shannon  Hitchcock

Shannon Hitchcock

Shannon Hitchcock is the author of the critically acclaimed The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, hailed for its immediacy and cadenced voice. This novel’s story is based on Shannon’s real-life experience and the teacher who inspired her as a child. Shannon’s picture book...

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...

Teena  Horn

Teena Horn

Teena F. Horn, Houston, Mississippi, is a wife, mother, dentist, small business owner, and farmer in rural Mississippi.

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...

M. Inge

M. Inge

M. Thomas Inge earned his B.A. at Randolph-Macon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Will Eisner: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi), a collection of interviews with the master comic-book artist and creator of the graphic novel....

Donald Jackson

Donald Jackson

Donald C. Jackson, Starkville, Mississippi, is the Sharp Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Fisheries at Mississippi State University. He served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia, attended Lexington Theological Seminary, and was pastor of New Liberty Christian Church, Disciples of...

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...

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson is a nationally syndicated cartoonist and illustrator. His social commentary cartoons have appeared on the editorial pages of the Capital Outlook, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Herald, Dayton Defender, Northern Kentucky Herald newspapers and the magazine,...

Honorée  Jeffers

Honorée Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of four books of poetry. Her current, in-­progress book project, The Age of Phillis, imagines the life and times of the Revolutionary­-era poet Phillis Wheatley, a former slave who was the first woman of African descent to publish a book. For...

Lee  Johnson

Lee Johnson

Lee Clay Johnson grew up around Nashville, Tennessee, in a family of bluegrass musicians. He holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Virginia. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, The Common, Appalachian Heritage, Salamander, and The...

Rheta  Johnson

Rheta Johnson

Rheta Grimsley Johnson has spent four decades as a reporter and columnist in the Deep South. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary and currently is writing a weekly column for King Features Syndicate of New York that appears in about 40 newspapers across the nation....

John  Jones

John Jones

John Griffin Jones, Jackson, Mississippi, is a trial lawyer, author, and father. He is the interviewer/editor of Mississippi Writers Talking and Mississippi Writers Talking II, both published by University Press of Mississippi, and numerous law-related publications.

Kima  Jones

Kima Jones

Kima Jones has received fellowships from PEN Center USA Emerging Voices, Kimbilio Fiction,Yaddo and was named the 2014­2015 Gerald Freund Fellow at The MacDowell Colony. She has been published at Guernica, NPR, PANK, Scratch Magazine and The Rumpus among others. Her short...

William  Joyce

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (Billy’s Booger; The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named...

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...

Harrison  Key

Harrison Key

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir (Harper) and a contributing editor for Oxford American magazine. His nonfiction and humor have also appeared in The New York Times, Outside, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Best American Travel Writing,...

James Kimbrell

James Kimbrell

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, James Kimbrell received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the author of The Gatehouse Heaven (1998), which was chosen by poet Charles Wrightfor the Kathryn A. Morton...

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...

Irene  Latham

Irene Latham

Irene Latham is a Birmingham poet and novelist who writes heart­touching tales of unexpected adventure. Her debut historical novel Leaving Gee’s Bend (Putnam/Penguin, 2010) is set in Alabama during the Great Depression and was awarded Alabama Library Association’s 2011...

Ariel  Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-­founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-­long reader. She’s the author of The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress (Doubleday, 2014) and the upcoming Flight of Dreams (February, 2016). She lives in the rolling hills...

Kiese  Laymon

Kiese Laymon

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, a Vassar College professor, a columnist for The Guardian, and Gawker contributing editor, is the author of two highly praised recent books on race in America; the novel Long Division, winner of the William Soroyan...

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...

Trent  Lott

Trent Lott

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, co-founder of the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group, and Senior Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs. Herding Cats is his political memoir.

Beverly Lowry

Beverly Lowry

Greenville native Beverly Lowry is the author of six novels and three previous works of nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Mississippi Review, Granta, and many other publications. She has...

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...

Lorie  Massey

Lorie Massey

Lorie Watkins Massey is an Associate Professor of Language and Literature who teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate classes. Her research interests include Southern literature, African American literature, literary tourism, and American modernism. She is the author of 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...

Jay  McInerney

Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney is the critically acclaimed author of twelve books – nine of which are works of fiction and the most recent being Bright, Precious Days, which will be in bookstores on August 3rd 2016. Time Magazine cited his first bestselling novel, Bright Lights, Big...

Margaret McMullan

Margaret McMullan

Margaret McMullan is the author of seven award­-winning novels including In My Mother’s House, Aftermath Lounge, Sources of Light, When I Crossed No­Bob, and How I Found the Strong. She also edited the anthology Every Father’s Daughter, a Parade...

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...

Jon  Meacham

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion. An executive editor at Random House, he is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston....

Mary Miller

Mary Miller

Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of a collection of stories, Big World (Short Flight/Long Drive Books, 2009), and a novel, The Last Days of California (Liveright/Norton, 2014). A former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of...

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.

Barry  Moser

Barry Moser

Barry Moser was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other museums around the world. He has illustrated and/or designed over 350 books, including...

Ken  Murphy

Ken Murphy

Photographer Ken Murphy lives and works in his lifelong hometown of Bay St. Louis, Miss. He has authored and published four award winning photographic coffee table books, My South Coast Home, Photographs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Mississippi: State of...

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...

Teresa Nicholas

Teresa Nicholas

Teresa Nicholas is the author of Buryin’ Daddy: Putting My Lebanese, Catholic, Southern Baptist Childhood to Rest, published in 2011 by the University Press of Mississippi. Her biography of the writer Willie Morris for the Press, published in March 2016, is called...

Ricky  Nobile

Ricky Nobile

Born in 1948 in Moorhead, Mississippi, Ricky Nobile grew up in the Mississippi Delta. He won the Mississippi Jr. College Press Association Best Cartoons Award while at Mississippi Delta Jr. College and went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and Delta State University. He...

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...

Chris  Offutt

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt is an award-winning author and screenwriter. 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...

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...

Catarina  Passidomo

Catarina Passidomo

Catarina Passidomo is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Southern Studies. She also works closely with the Southern Foodways Alliance. Her research utilizes food and foodways and lenses for considering culture, identity, race, space, and power. She is also interested in migration...

James Patterson

James Patterson

James Patterson has worked as a photographer in central Mississippi for over 25 years. Working as an editorial photographer, Patterson has covered some of the South’s most important issues, including health care, poverty, race relations, politics, criminal justice and agriculture for some...

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...

Jason Peterson

Jason Peterson

Jason A. Peterson earned his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research interests include the Civil Rights Movement and sports journalism. Peterson received the J. William Snorgrass Memorial Award for Outstanding Paper on...

Mary  Philpott

Mary Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott is an author whose writing is featured regularly in major media, as well as the creator and illustrator of the humor book Penguins with People Problems; the founding editor of MUSING, the online magazine produced by Parnassus Books; and the co-host of the literary...

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...

Randy  Pierce

Randy Pierce

Randy Pierce grew up and still resides in Greene County, Mississippi. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law, he previously served in the state legislature and on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He is now the Director of the...

Ann  Pittman

Ann Pittman

Ann Taylor Pittman is the Executive Food Editor of Cooking Light magazine. She is co-­author of Cooking Light’s The New Way to Cook Light, which won a 2013 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award, and she is a James Beard Journalism Award recipient for her article...

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...

Kathryn  Purdie

Kathryn Purdie

Kathryn Purdie is the author of the young adult fantasy, Burning Glass (HarperCollins). Her love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of To Kill a Mockingbird. Kathryn is a trained classical actress...

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...

Joseph Reiff

Joseph Reiff

Joseph T. Reiff grew up in Mississippi and graduated from Millsaps College and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. From 1980-1985, he served as a United Methodist pastor in the Mississippi Conference, and then returned to Emory to complete a Ph.D. He is currently Professor...

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,...

R. Rivera

R. Rivera

R. Flowers Rivera is native of Mississippi, she completed a Ph.D. in English, specializing in African American literature and creative writing, at Binghamton University and an M.A. in English at Hollins University in addition to an M.S. in human resource development from Georgia State...

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...

Sidney “Sid”  Salter

Sidney “Sid” Salter

Sidney L. “Sid” Salter is Chief Communications Officer and Director of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University. There, Salter leads a talented team of marketing and communications professionals in producing print, broadcast, and new media content designed to advance MSU’s...

Crystal  Sanders

Crystal Sanders

Crystal R. Sanders is a historian of the 20th Century United States, with specializations in civil rights history, the history of Black education, and Black women’s history. Professor Sanders received her bachelor’s degree in history and public policy from Duke University and her Ph.D....

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...

Augusta  Scattergood

Augusta Scattergood

Augusta Scattergood spent her career as a school librarian, and she loved it. Now that she’s a full-­time writer, she loves that also. Having worked in libraries in Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, and Georgia—and read thousands of books along the way—she...

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...

RaShell  Smith­-Spears

RaShell Smith­-Spears

Dr. Smith­-Spears is an Associate Professor whose research focuses on the construction and portrayal of African American identity in literature and the media. While her dissertation explored the image of Black romantic relationships in the discourse on the national identity at the turn of...

Esta  Spalding

Esta Spalding

Esta Spalding is an acclaimed writer, poet and screenwriter who is currently at work adapting Kate Atkinson’s novel Life After Life for Lionsgate Films and Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit from the Goon Squad for Sundance Television. She has garnered awards for her film and...

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;...

Charlie  Spillers

Charlie Spillers

Charlie Spillers, Oxford, Mississippi, is the author of Confessions of An Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls and the Toll of a Double Life, a memoir of his 10 years undercover infiltrating rings of drug traffickers, burglars, safe­crackers, Dixie Mafia auto theft groups, and...

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...

Stuart  Stevens

Stuart Stevens

Mississippi native Stuart Stevens is the author of six previous books, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, and Outside, among other publications. He has written extensively for television shows, including Northern...

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


Cynthia  Sweeney

Cynthia Sweeney

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. She has an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. Previously, she lived and worked in New York City for more than two decades, writing copy for a variety of clients, including American Express, McDonald’s...

Ed Tarkington

Ed Tarkington

Ed Tarkington received a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the graduate creative writing program at Florida State. A frequent contributor to Chapter16.Org, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial...

A.C.  Thomas

A.C. Thomas

A.C. 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 in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an...

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...

Sally  Thomason

Sally Thomason

Sally Thomason was born and raised in California, graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, attended the International Graduate School of the University of Stockholm in Sweden, taught European history, and developed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities at Rhodes College...

Neely  Tucker

Neely Tucker

Neely Tucker is the author of two Sully Carter novels Murder D.C. and The Ways of the Dead, and the memoir Love in the Driest Season, which was named one of the Best 25 Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Currently a staff writer at The Washington Post Sunday...

Valerie Walley

Valerie Walley

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

M.O.  Walsh

M.O. Walsh

M.O. Walsh has been published in the New York Times, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Epoch, and The Greensboro Review. His stories have been anthologized in Best New American Voices, Bar Stories, and Louisiana in Words. He...

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...

Jason Ward

Jason Ward

Jason Morgan Ward is an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University. A native of North Carolina, he received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University and his bachelor’s degree from Duke University. His first book, Defending White Democracy: The Making of a...

Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her BA and MA from Stanford University and her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received five Hopwood Awards. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the...

Ashley  Warlick

Ashley Warlick

Ashley Warlick is the author of four novels. Her work has appeared in Redbook, The Oxford American, McSweeney’s, and Garden and Gun, among others. The youngest ever recipient of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, she has also received a fellowship from the National...

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...

Brad Watson

Brad Watson

Brad Watson 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...

Jay  Watson

Jay Watson

Jay Watson, Oxford, Mississippi, is Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies and professor of English at the University of Mississippi. He is the editor of Conversations with Larry Brown and coeditor of Faulkner and Whiteness (both from University Press of Mississippi).

Carole  Weatherford

Carole Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford was Baltimore­-born and raised. She composed her first poem in first grade and dictated the verse to her mother. Her father, a high school printing teacher, printed some of her early poems on index cards. What a thrill! Since her literary debut with...

Anne  Webster

Anne Webster

Anne L. Webster, Jackson, Mississippi, is retired director of reference services at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. With Kathleen Hutchison, Webster wrote Tracing Your Mississippi Ancestors (University Press of Mississippi). She has published two other...

Larry  Wells

Larry Wells

Larry Wells is the author of the WWII novel Rommel and the Rebel. Wells has written three novels and edited many non-fiction books including William Faulkner: The Cofield Collection. With his wife Dean Faulkner Wells, he operated Yoknapatawpha Press, an independent press in...

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...

Karen  White

Karen White

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen previous books, including The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between, and the coauthor, with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, of The Forgotten Room.

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...

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles is the author of picture books — One Wide Sky and Freedom Summer — and middle­grade novels: Love, Ruby Lavender (which made its way onto 32 state book award lists), Each Little Bird That Sings (a 2005 National Book Award Finalist), The Aurora...

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...

Caroline  Williams

Caroline Williams

Caroline Randall Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a poet, cookbook author, and young adult novelist. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and received her MFA from the University of Mississippi. While completing her MFA, she co­-authored the Phillis Wheatley...

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...

Gerry Wilson

Gerry Wilson

A seventh­-generation Mississippian, Gerry grew up in the red clay hills of the north in the household with her maternal grandmother, a terrific storyteller. An only child, Gerry spent quiet hours immersed in the worlds of books and her own imagination. She is the author of...

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...

Jim Woodrick

Jim Woodrick

Jim Woodrick is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Since 1997, he has been with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he has served as the Civil War Sites Historian. He is currently director of the Historic Preservation Division. A life-long student...

Jacqueline  Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award­-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children, including the New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which won the 2014 National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a...

Martha Wyatt-Rossignol

Martha Wyatt-Rossignol

Martha Wyatt-Rossignol was raised in a large rural family in Jefferson County, Mississippi, coming of age during the turbulent years of the civil rights movement. Born in 1949, Martha Wyatt-Rossignol came of age during some of the most crucial and dangerous years of the civil rights...

Steve Yates

Steve Yates

Steve Yates was born and reared in Springfield, Missouri. He is the author of Morkan’s Quarry: A Novel, and its sequel, The Teeth of the Souls. Portions of Morkan’s Quarry appeared in Missouri Review, Ontario Review, and South Carolina Review. A...

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...

Jeff  Zentner

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner 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...

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