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 | David Billings | W. Clark Boutwell | Felicia Brookins | Wanda Nance Brooks | Alison Buehler | Joshua Cable | Melissa Carrigee | John S. Case | Thelma B. Cousins | Dorothy A. Day | Andy Delancy | Damien Ishamel Fairconetue | Beth McAdams Ford | Carol Gignoux | Paula Goddard | Jane Golden | Elizabeth Guider | Angela Hoeflich | Ann Hollowell | H. Grady Howell Jr. | Wanda Fay Jackson | Lizy Jacob | Benny H. Jenkins | Emma A. Jimenez | Danny Johnson | Mark W. Johnson | Kimberly B. Jones | Larry Jorgensen | Hannah Kay | Jazz Keyes | Deanna Klingel | Michael Lackey | LaDonna Marie | Anne Martin | Ava Lisa Maxey | Patrick McCloud | Sarah McGee | Tom McGraw | Robert Moore | Virginia Sue Mordecai | Ricky Nobile | Darden North | Cleveland Payne | Katina Rankin | Robert Rogers | Evelyn McDade Roughten | Tyra E. Rowell | Richard Schwartz | Janice A. Singleton | Andrew Snorton | Katherine Dupont Phillips and Jackie Warren Tatum | Lottie Bogan and Janet Taylor-Perry | Sister Alies Therese | Diane Thomas-Plunk | Michael Hicks Thompson | Thomas J. Ward Jr. | Southern Sun Press


Official Panelists

Skip to author’s last name:

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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)....

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....

Tim Duffy

Tim 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...

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

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...

Candice Fleming

Candice 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...

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...

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 one 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Panny Mayfield

Panny 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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:...

Michael  Smith

Michael Smith

Michael Farris Smith is a native Mississippian who has also lived in France and Switzerland. He is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award and won the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts...

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...

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...

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...

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas


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...

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...

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...

Kayla Ray Whitaker

Kayla Ray 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...

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...

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...

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...