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Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is the #1 bestselling author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and the Leah on the Offbeat. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family...

Isabelle Armand

Isabelle Armand

Isabelle Armand worked with fashion photographers in her native Paris and in New York City, where she lives and works since the 1980’s. Eventually, Armand’s predilection for art drew her away from the fashion industry. She assumed the position of U.S. editor for the French magazine...

Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs was born and raised in Jamaica and moved with her family to Brooklyn when she was twelve. A graduate of Hunter College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been published in Granta, The Sewanee Review, Small Axe, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vice, and The Paris...

Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is the author of five books for adults and nine books for children. His most recent works are Only The Strong, a novel; Preaching To The Chickens: A Story of Young John Lewis; and A Child’s Introduction To African American History. His next book, We...

Radley Balko

Radley Balko

Radley Balko writes and reports on criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post blog The Watch. He was previously a senior writer and investigative reporter at the Huffington Post, and a reporter and senior editor for Reason magazine. He is author of the books...

Angela Ball

Angela Ball

Angela Ball is the author of six poetry collections, including The Museum of the Revolution: 58 Exhibits, Possession, Quartet, Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds (winner of the Donald Hall award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs), and...

Marion Barnwell

Marion Barnwell

Marion Barnwell is professor emeriti of the Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State University. Among her publications are A Place Called Mississippi and Touring Literary Mississippi. Her stories have been published in Tapestry, Christmas Stories from...

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,...

Kate Beasley

Kate Beasley

Kate Beasley holds a master’s in writing for children and young adult writers from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and Indies Introduce Selection, and a multi-regional Indie Bestseller. The New...

Janet Dewart Bell

Janet Dewart Bell

Janet Dewart Bell is a social justice activist and among her accomplishments are an Emmy® for outstanding individual achievement (CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, DC) and programming for National Public Radio honored with a Peabody award, considered the highest award in broadcasting. In...

Johnnie Bernhard

Johnnie Bernhard

A former English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard is passionate about 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,...

Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell is the author of five novels, most recently The Lower Quarter. Her short prose has appeared in the Atlantic, Witness,Brick, and other publications. Her work has been named to several best-of-the-year lists, translated into multiple languages,...

William Boyle

William Boyle

William Boyle is from Brooklyn, New York. His debut novel, Gravesend, was published as #1,000 in the Rivages/Noir collection in France, where it was shortlisted for the Prix Polar SNCF 2017 and nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Boyle is also the author of a...

Betsy Bradley

Betsy Bradley


Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg is the author of seven books, including the best-selling Ava’s Man and All Over but the Shoutin’. He is also a regular contributor to Garden & Gun magazine. He lives in Alabama. Photo by Steven Forster

Sonny Brewer

Sonny Brewer

Books by Sonny Brewer: Rembrandt the Rocker, author, Over the Transom Press 1994 Fairhope AL A Yin for Change, author, Over the Transom Press, 1996, Fairhope AL Clarence Darrow Journeyman, ghostwriter, Seville Press, 1997,...

Rose Brock

Rose Brock

Rose Brock is the editor of Hope Nation and a professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature at Sam Houston State University. A veteran educator and advocate for using audiobooks as tool for literacy, Dr. Brock is one of the co-founders of the North Texas Teen Book Festival....

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...

Jimmy Cajoleas

Jimmy Cajoleas

Jimmy Cajoleas was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He spent years traveling the country playing music before earning his MFA from the University of Mississippi. He lives in New York.

Charles Calhoun

Charles Calhoun

Charles W. Calhoun is a historian who specializes in the political history of the United States from 1865 to 1900. He holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. In 2014 he retired as Thomas Harriot College Distinguished Professor of History...

Jack Carlisle

Jack Carlisle

What sets Coach Jack Carlisle’s story apart is the adversity he overcame and the many lives impacted because he did. To say he was tough and determined is a resounding understatement. The book about his life, “Cactus Jack, Against All Odds,” covers his sixty-one year...

Jim Carmody

Jim Carmody

The Nautilus Publishing Company is pleased to the announce the launch of a new book, Jim Carmody, Big Nasty, Mississippi’s Coach by Ron Borne. The manuscript, which chronicles the life of Mississippi football coach Jim Carmody, was finished three days before Borne passed away....

Tucker Carrington

Tucker Carrington

Professor Carrington is the founding director of the Mississippi Innocence Project (MIP) and Clinic at the University of Mississippi School of Law. MIP’s mission is to identify, investigate and litigate actual claims of innocence by Mississippi prisoners, as well as advocate for systemic...

Sheryll Cashin

Sheryll Cashin

Sheryll Cashin is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at the Georgetown University Law Center. Currently she teaches Administrative Law, Race and American Law, and a writing seminar she recently designed about American segregation, education and...

Daphne Chamberlain

Daphne Chamberlain


Mae Miller Claxton

Mae Miller Claxton

Mae Miller Claxton is a professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, teaching classes in Southern, Appalachian, and Native American literature. Book publications are Conversations with Dorothy Allison, Conversations with Ron Rash, and Teaching the Works of...

Maude Schuyler Clay

Maude Schuyler 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. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The National...

Ginger Williams Cook

Ginger Williams Cook

Ginger Williams Cook is a full time artist, published illustrator, and workshop coordinator located in the Historic Fondren District of Jackson, Mississippi. Ginger’s most recent project has been illustrating a book with author Malcolm White called The Artful Evolution of Hal &...

Lisa M. Corrigan

Lisa M. Corrigan

Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Maryland) is an Associate Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas. She researches and teaches...

Karen Cox

Karen Cox

Karen L. Cox is an award-winning historian who has written op-eds for the New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, TIME magazine, Publishers Weekly, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of three books, including Dixie’s Daughters: The...

Joseph Crespino

Joseph Crespino

Joseph Crespino is the Jimmy Carter Professor of history at Emory University. He is the author of In Search of Another Country, winner of the 2008 Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council, and Strom Thurmond’s America. He lives in Decatur, Georgia....

David Crews

David Crews

David is the author of The Mississippi Book of Quotations. He serves as a judge for the Willie Morris Literary Award for Fiction based in New York City. He has produced three documentary films and is currently working on a fourth film. David serves as Clerk of Court for...

Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman was co-director of the 2010 and 2013 Creative Nonfiction Conferences in Oxford, Mississippi, and director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop. Susan’s essays have been published in four anthologies and numerous journals and magazines. She is the author of two...

Gene Dattel

Gene Dattel

Gene Dattel is a cultural and economic historian who lectures widely. He was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. He was educated at Yale University and the Vanderbilt University Law School. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in finance as managing director of Salomon Brothers...

Jack Davis

Jack Davis

Jack Davis is a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida and the author of several books, including The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History, and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American...

Mariam C. Davis

Mariam C. Davis

A native of Mobile, Miriam C. Davis graduated from Emory University with a degree in history. A Fulbright Fellow, she studied at both the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and the University of York (England) before earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa...

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....

Richard D. deShazo

Richard D. deShazo

Dr. deShazo’s research and scientific work includes over 200 peer-reviewed original scientific articles including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Journal of Immunology, regular contributions to the online medical resource Up To Date, numerous book...

David DiBenedetto

David DiBenedetto

David DiBenedetto, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun Magazine, is also the author of the book On the Run: An Angler’s Journey Down the Striper Coast (HarperCollins), which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Under his watch,...

James L. Dickerson

James L. Dickerson

James L. Dickerson is the great grandson of Steve Turner, one of the framers of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890. Currently, he is publisher of Sartoris Literary Group, one of the most influential trade book publishers in the South, and publisher of the online magazine, NEW ORLEANS...

Todd Doughty

Todd Doughty

Todd Doughty is VP, Executive Director of Publicity for Doubleday. He has worked with John Grisham, Jane Mayer, Maya Angelou, Dan Brown, Kevin Kwan, Candice Millard, Ian McEwan, Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg, Jeffrey Toobin, Chuck Palahniuk, Hampton Sides and many other authors over the course...

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 has served as director since the 1999 founding of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation, he is author...

Julia Eichelberger

Julia Eichelberger

Julia Eichelberger, Marybelle Higgins Howe Professor of Southern Literature and director of the program in Southern Studies at the College of Charleston, has been teaching at the College since 1992. Her first book, Prophets of Recognition: Ideology and the Individual in Novels by...

Eric Etheridge

Eric Etheridge

Eric Etheridge is the author and photographer of Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders. The book contains the mug shots of all 329 Riders arrested in Jackson, Miss., in 1961, as well as his contemporary portraits and profiles of more than 90 Riders. The...

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. The essay “The Past Is Just Another Name for Today” appears...

Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing is an award-winning journalist, editor and author. His background of more than three decades as a writer and editor at The Clarion Ledger, Mississippi’s largest newspaper, earned him a reputation as a well-respected journalist. Among his awards, he is a three-time winner...

William Ferris

William Ferris

William R. Ferris, a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music and folklore, is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of its Center for the Study of the American...

Kendra Taira Field

Kendra Taira Field

Kendra Field is assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. Field is the author of Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War (Yale University Press, January 2018). The book traces...

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth’s most recent project is a collaborative poetry/photography manuscript called Mississippi with the photographer Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press 2018). Ann’s other books of poems are Dream Cabinet, Carta Marina, Five Terraces, and Blue...

John M. Floyd

John M. Floyd

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

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...

Josh Foreman

Josh Foreman

Josh Foreman is a sixth-generation Mississippian. He taught, wrote and traveled in Asia from 2005 to 2014. His writing has appeared in the Southern Review, the Sun Herald, Groove Korea, and other newspapers and magazines. He holds a BA from Mississippi State University and an MFA from the...

Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier, historical fiction writer and National Book Award winner for his debut novel Cold Mountain, will bring his timely new book to life as he discusses Varina, based on the life of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s wife – a woman of strength and independence who was...

Craig Gill

Craig Gill

Craig W. Gill is the Director of the University Press of Mississippi. He has worked at the press for over 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-eight years at...

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon is a writer and filmmaker. His books include Memphis Rent Party, It Came from Memphis, Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, and Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. He won a Grammy for his liner notes to the...

Matthew Guinn

Matthew Guinn

Novelist Matthew Guinn is the author of The Resurrectionist, The Scribe, and a forthcoming novel set on the Natchez Trace in the antebellum era. He is associate professor of creative writing at Belhaven University.

Minrose Gwin

Minrose Gwin

Like the characters in her latest novel, Promise, Minrose Gwin grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. She began her writing career as a newspaper and wire service reporter in cities throughout the southeast. Her Civil Rights-era novel, The Queen of Palmyra, was a Barnes &...

Jo Hackl

Jo Hackl

Jo was born near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where her favorite artist, Walter Anderson, painted a secret room. Jo later moved to a ghost town, Electric Mills, Mississippi. Anderson’s secret room and the ghost town inspired Jo’s novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe. Today Jo...

Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes is living every book-lover’s dream: running her own bookstore. Together with novelist Ann Patchett, she co-owns Parnassus Books in Nashville TN. Karen found her way to the owner’s desk after a career that included 12 years at Ingram Content Group, the nation’s largest book...

Jane Hearn

Jane Hearn

Jane Hearn was married to Jim Lucas at the time of his death. She has archived and restored these images for a touring exhibition and website: jimlucasphotography.com. She is a fifth generation Mississippian who for many years was an interior designer and owner of a contract commercial...

Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus’ books include the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi, grandson to the Mahatma and illustrated by Evan Turk. Her latest picture book is Alabama Spitfire: The Story of...

Elizabeth Heiskell

Elizabeth Heiskell

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Elizabeth Heiskell’s culinary journey started in her mama and daddy’s Delta kitchen, where food and fun went hand in hand—a tradition she is passing down to her three daughters. She went on to serve as Lead Culinary Instructor at Viking...

Rolando Herts

Rolando Herts

Dr. Herts is a native of the Arkansas Delta region. As director of The Delta Center, he serves as executive director of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, a Congressionally designated partnership with the National Park Service. As a 2016 Executive Academy Fellow with the Delta...

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A former book editor, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah...

Tim Huggins

Tim Huggins

Tim Huggins is the founder of Newtonville Books, as well as cofounder of the writers-and-musicians series, Earfull. He is currently the CFO at the award-winning independent bookstore, Brookline Booksmith. Originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi (or as he likes to say, “The...

T.R. Hummer

T.R. Hummer

T. R. Hummer’s most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife (Acre Books) and the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press). Former editor in chief of The Kenyon Review, of The New England Review, and of The Georgia Review, he has been the recipient of a...

Timothy Isbell

Timothy Isbell

Timothy T. Isbell, Gulfport, Mississippi, is an author and freelance photojournalist. He was a member of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning newsroom of The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Mississippi. He has been inducted into The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication...

Linda Williams  Jackson

Linda Williams 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...

Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which received four starred reviews and was named a Junior Library Guild selection and a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List pick among other accolades. His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene...

Yvette Johnson

Yvette Johnson


Stephen Mack Jones

Stephen Mack Jones

Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. He worked in advertising and marketing...

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 Pushcart Prize-winning author of the novels The Three-Day Affair and Before He Finds Her and the story collection One Last Good Time. Originally from the Jersey Shore, he lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he codirects the creative writing...

Jamie Kornegay

Jamie Kornegay

Jamie Kornegay is the author of the novel Soil. A former producer for Thacker Mountain Radio and proprietor of Turnrow Book Co., he is now a teacher, videographer, and is completing a new novel set in Mississippi.

Gary Krist

Gary Krist

Gary Krist is the author of a bestselling trilogy of urban history books: City of Scoundrels (2012), about Chicago’s tragic summer of 1919, Empire of Sin (2014), about the reform wars in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, and The Mirage Factory (2018), about the rise of Los Angeles in...

Paul Lacoste

Paul Lacoste

Since becoming an All-SEC linebacker for Mississippi State, Paul has racked up experience in the NFL, CFL, and XFL and was named CFL Rookie of the Year in 1999. Combine that with a Masters of Science in Sports Administration, as well as coaching experience at the high school and collegiate...

Irene  Latham

Irene Latham

Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books, including two novels for children Leaving Gee’s Bend and Don’t Feed the Boy. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, her poetry books for children include...

Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler is author of two books, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke and Why Did the Chicken Cross the World: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization. As a journalist, he has written more than a thousand newspaper...

Edward Lee

Edward Lee

Edward Lee is the author of Smoke & Pickles; the chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky; and culinary director of Succotash in Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C., and National Harbor, Maryland. He appears frequently in print and on television,...

Joe Lee

Joe Lee

Joe Lee, Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Dogwood Press, has a background in radio, television, and journalism. A graduate of Mississippi State University and a native Mississippian, he launched Dogwood Press in 2002 with his first suspense novel, On The Record. The Dogwood Press team...

Sara A. Lewis

Sara A. Lewis

Sara A. Lewis earned her PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. She is associate editor of the Oxford American.

Ebony Lumumba

Ebony Lumumba

Ebony Lumumba is currently an assistant professor of English at Tougaloo College where she teaches courses in global and American literatures and chairs the department of English and Modern Languages. Ebony received her Master of Arts degree in English at Georgia State University and...

George Malvaney

George Malvaney

George is best known for his participation in a 1981 attempted coup of a Caribbean island-nation and more recently for his work following British Petroleum’s oil spill in 2010. He spent more than fourteen years with a national recognized environmental contracting firm as a senior...

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 the 2004 Distinguished Professor Award from Millsaps; she was Mississippi’s...

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

Clara Martin is the Children’s Books Buyer and Event Coordinator at Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the owner of TwentybyJenny.com, where she reviews books for children of all ages. Clara attended Vanderbilt University where she received a B.A. in English Literature...

Pearl McHaney

Pearl McHaney

Pearl Amelia McHaney is the Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature at Georgia State University where she edits the annual peer-reviewed Eudora Welty Review. She is a 2017 recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities. In 2014, she received the Phoenix...

James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin holds law and MFA degrees from the University of Virginia. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Portland Review, The Clackamas Literary Review and elsewhere. He grew up in rural Virginia and lives in the Wasatch Range east of Salt...

Ellen B. Meacham

Ellen B. Meacham

Ellen Meacham is a Tennessee native, longtime resident of Mississippi, and a career journalist and journalism instructor at her alma mater, the University of Mississippi. She is the author of Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi and has been a working journalist for more...

Jon  Meacham

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian. A contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor of Time magazine, he is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George...

Greg Michalson

Greg Michalson

Greg Michalson is co-publisher of Unbridled Books. Previously he was a founder of BlueHen Books, an imprint of Putnam, and general editor of fiction at MacMurray & Beck. He spent twenty years with the Missouri Review. He is the author of numerous short stories and articles and...

Jonathan Miles

Jonathan Miles

Jonathan Miles is the author of the novels Dear American Airlines and Want Not, both New York Times Notable Books. He is a former columnist for the New York Times and has served as a contributing editor to magazines ranging from Details to Field &...

Mary Miller

Mary Miller

Mary Miller is the author of two collections of stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour, as well as a novel, The Last Days of California, which has been optioned for film by Amazon Studios. Her stories have appeared in the Oxford American, McSweeney’s Quarterly,...

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 in Mississippi, helping lead to investigations, exonerations, firings and reforms of state...

Cody Morrison

Cody Morrison

Cody Morrison grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He began his career in book-selling in 1993 when Off Square Books, an annex of Square Books, was opened. Since that time he has worked in shipping/receiving, accounts payable, and overseen the...

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy is the #1 New York Times Bestseller of DUMPLIN’, and its sequel PUDDIN’. Her 2017 young adult novel, RAMONA BLUE, is a YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adult nominee and appears on 2018’s Rainbow List. In 2018, the DUMPLIN’ movie will hit theaters, staring...

Scott Naugle

Scott Naugle

Scott Naugle was born in Davidsville, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management. He subsequently earned a Master of Liberal Studies Degree from Millsaps College and a Master of Arts degree from Tulane University...

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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

Chris  Offutt

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt is the author of the short story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. He has written screenplays for...

Jim O'Neal

Jim O'Neal

Jim O’Neal is a cofounding editor of Living Blues magazine, research director with the Mississippi Blues Trail, and former owner of the Stackhouse record store in Clarksdale. He and his ex-wife, the late Amy van Singel, published Living Blues in Chicago before turning it over to...

Imani Perry

Imani Perry

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of three books, including May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem, and has two forthcoming this September: Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical...

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce is the author of The Tornado Is the World and The Girls of Peculiar, both winners of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, and of Famous Last Words, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Best...

Randall Pinkston

Randall Pinkston

Randall Pinkston is a semi-retired award-winning journalist who covered national and international issues. He spent most of his career with CBS, first at the flagship station, WCBS-TV, then CBS NEWS. Pinkston began his professional career at WJDX-FM and WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi. He...

Harriet Pollack

Harriet Pollack

Harriet Pollack’s fifth and most recent book is Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography: The Body of The Other Woman. In European Journal of American Culture, Welty critic Peter Schmidt writes, “With this book, Harriet Pollack . . . may have produced the finest...

Susan Puckett

Susan Puckett

Susan Puckett is the former food editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who co-wrote Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen (Rux Martin/HMH Books) with Eddie Hernandez, the co-owner and executive chef of the popular Atlanta-based Taqueria del...

Jamie Quatro

Jamie Quatro

Jamie Quatro’s debut novel, Fire Sermon, is an Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. In the U.K., the novel has been named a W.H. Smith 2018 Fresh Talent title and a Foyles Five pick. Fire Sermon is...

Fred Ramey

Fred Ramey

Frederick Ramey is one of two owner-publishers of Unbridled Books, an independent press specializing in commercial literature, and a member of the board of Colophon Literary Center. He is also Executive Director of Leaping Man, “a publisher of Art and Argument”. At the most recent...

Julian Rankin

Julian Rankin

Julian Rankin was raised in Mississippi (the Mississippi Delta and Oxford, Mississippi) and North Carolina (Hillsborough, North Carolina). He received his BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed operations and marketing...

Julia  Reed

Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun, where she writes the magazine’s “The High & the Low” column. Her books include But Mama Always Puts Vodka in Her Sangria; Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties; and Queen of the Turtle...

Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich is the author of three novels: King Zeno, Odds Against Tomorrow, and The Mayor’s Tongue, all New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selections. His short fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review,...

Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson is a proud Mississippian who grew up in Columbia Mississippi—the same hometown as NFL great Walter Payton. Robertson has covered Mississippi State and college football recruiting for 18 years. He is the Co-Publisher of Genespage.com, the Mississippi State...

Stephanie Rolph

Stephanie Rolph

Stephanie Rolph is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She earned her PhD in History from Mississippi State University in 2009. In addition to her book, Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954-1989, Rolph’s work...

Anne Farris Rosen

Anne Farris Rosen

Anne Farris Rosen is the daughter of John Herbers and an award-winning freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. She teaches at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She has worked for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Arkansas...

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Dubbed “The Architect” by President George W. Bush, Karl Rove was the chief strategist for both of Bush’s runs for the White House and served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor in the West Wing. He previously ran Rove & Co., an Austin, TX, public affairs firm that was...

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...

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen novels: Grimus, Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet,...

R. Kim Rushing

R. Kim Rushing

R. Kim Rushing was born in Tylertown, MS in 1961. He studied photojournalism at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. He received a B.F.A. from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN in 1986, and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas in Austin, TX in...

Sid Salter

Sid Salter

Sidney L. “Sid” Salter is Chief Communications Officer and Director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University. He has enjoyed a unique career as an award-winning journalist, political columnist, television commentator, talk radio host, author, educator, and...

David  Sansing

David Sansing

David G. Sansing is emeritus professor of history at the University of Mississippi. He was born in 1933 in Greenville, Mississippi, and earned his BA and MA degrees from Mississippi College and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to authoring several school...

Augusta Scattergood

Augusta Scattergood

A school librarian for many years, Augusta Scattergood is now a full-time writer. Having worked in libraries in Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, and Georgia—and read thousands of books along the way—she thinks writing and being a librarian are the two best...

Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, and the novels...

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is the author of The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. He has been awarded the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction, Transatlantic Review Award, and Brick Streets Press Story Award. His novels have appeared on...

Charlie  Spillers

Charlie Spillers

Bestselling author Charlie Spillers of Oxford, MS, is a former Marine, agent, federal prosecutor and Justice Attaché for Iraq. His first book, “Confessions of An Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls and the Toll of a Double Life” describes his harrowing experiences during a decade...

Marc C. Stevens

Marc C. Stevens

Mark C. Stevens is the author of Cooking with Spices - 100 Recipes for Blends, Marinades and Sauces from Around the World. He learned to cook from his Italian mother and grandmother, Nonna Yvelise. From his aunt, he inherited a love of travel. In the calendar year 2017, he visited...

Robert  St. John

Robert St. John

Robert St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in...

Nic Stone

Nic Stone

Nic Stone, author of Odd One Out and the New York Times best-selling and William C. Morris Award finalist Dear Martin, was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in...

Don Tate

Don Tate

Don Tate is the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his first picture book text, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw. In 2016, he won The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Book Award for...

Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor

Born and raised in Biloxi, I have been a resident of rural Hancock County since 1995. My love for photography began in high school, and for the past two decades I have played the role of, among other things, photojournalist, wedding photographer, and creative designer. But as an amateur...

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. 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 and an unofficial degree in...

T.K. Thorne

T.K. Thorne

T.K. Thorne, a retired Birmingham, Alabama police captain, has written two award-winning historical novels, Noah’s Wife and Angels at the Gate, filling in the untold backstories of extraordinary, yet unnamed women—the wives of Noah and Lot—in two of the...

Margaret Bradham Thornton

Margaret Bradham Thornton

Margaret Bradham Thornton is the author of the novels A Theory of Love and Charleston and the editor of Tennessee Williams’s Notebooks, for which she received the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in autobiography/memoir and the C. Hugh Holman Prize for...

Brenda Travis

Brenda Travis

Brenda Travis is the founder of The Brenda Travis Historical Education Foundation, an organization based in McComb, Mississippi whose mission is to teach civil rights history to today’s youth. She speaks widely to schools and civic groups about her experiences as a 1960s civil rights...

Glennray Tutor

Glennray Tutor

Glennray Tutor is considered to be part of the Hyperrealism art movement. Tutor is known for his use of bright colors, detail, and metaphor. His still life subject matter consists of small commonplace artifacts of daily life, such as glass jars, cola bottles, toys, marbles, comic books, and...

Tiffany Quay Tyson

Tiffany Quay Tyson

Tiffany Quay Tyson is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. Her most recent novel, The Past is Never, was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a 2018 “Okra Pick.” Her debut novel, Three Rivers, was a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award for Literary...

Charlotte Jones Voiklis

Charlotte Jones Voiklis

Charlotte Jones Voiklis manages her late grandmother Madeleine L’Engle’s literary business. She lived with her grandmother during college and graduate school, co-hosting dinner parties, helping answer readers’ letters, and earning a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature....

Catherine Egley Waggoner

Catherine Egley Waggoner

Catherine Egley Waggoner, Springfield, Ohio, is professor of Communication at Wittenberg University. She is coauthor of Making Camp: Rhetorics of Transgression in U.S. Popular Culture and recipient of Wittenberg’s 2014 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. She grew...

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 is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the author of the story collection The Prospect of Magic and the novel My Sunshine Away, which was a New York Times Bestseller and won the Pat Conroy Book Award for Fiction. His fiction and essays have appeared in The...

Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds; Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award; and Sing,...

Kent Wascom

Kent Wascom

Kent Wascom’s first novel, The Blood of Heaven, was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and NPR. It was shortlisted for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize for Historical Fiction and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan Award for First Fiction. Wascom was awarded...

Charles Waters

Charles Waters

Charles Waters is a children’s poet/actor/educator who has performed in colleges, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools all over America. His poems have appeared in Amazing Places edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry...

Wyatt Waters

Wyatt Waters

Widely known for his watercolors of Southern culture, Wyatt Waters creates paintings of the roadside South. Waters’ works have been featured in ART & ANTIQUES, AMERICAN ARTIST, WATERCOLOR, MISSISSIPPI MAGAZINE, DELTA MAGAZINE and PLEINAIR MAGAZINE. His paintings are held in private...

Larry  Wells

Larry Wells

Lawrence Wells is the publisher at Yoknapatawpha Press. Notable books: William Faulkner: the Cofield Collection, by Jack Cofield, a photo-biography listed on NY Times’ top fifteen gift books list. RIOT: Witness to Anger and Change, by Ed Meek, 2015 photo-essay on the University of...

Bob White

Bob White


Jonathan W. White

Jonathan W. White

Jonathan W. White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and is the author of several books, including Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman, and Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham...

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles is the author of picture books — ONE WIDE SKY and FREEDOM SUMMER — and middle-grade 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 COUNTY ALL-STARS (a SIBA Book...

Frank Williams

Frank Williams

Frank J. Williams is the retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and has served as President of The Ulysses S. Grant Association since 1991. One of the country’s most renowned experts on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, he is the author or editor of over twenty...

Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright

Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright

Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright live in Utah with their four uniquely intense children. In 2008 Sarah Jane opened a simple online shop that has since grown into a worldwide business with art prints, fabrics, wallpaper, puppets, and illustrated children’s books. Kenneth is a full-time...

Merrill Wyatt

Merrill Wyatt

Merrill Wyatt lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband, daughter, three cats, and a hamster who might possibly be an immortal magician. She spent far too much of her childhood wandering around cemeteries and old Victorian homes. A middle-school technology teacher, she is dollphobic,...

Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Unmade World, due out in January 2018. His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Realm of Last Chances, Safe from the Neighbors, The End of...

Steve Yates

Steve Yates

Steve Yates is the author of The Legend of the Albino Farm: A Novel from Unbridled Books, the Knickerbocker Prize-winning Sandy and Wayne: A Novella, and the Juniper Prize-winning Some Kinds of Love: Stories among others. He is associate...

Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist and Michael L. Printz Honor Book. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and now lives in Los Angeles with her...

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