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Ann J. Abadie

Ann J. Abadie

Ann J. Abadie is former associate director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and coeditor of numerous scholarly collections from the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Among those many volumes, Fifty Years after Faulkner was released...

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. A native of...

Alan I. Abramowitz

Alan I. Abramowitz

Alan I. Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1969 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976. Dr. Abramowitz has authored or coauthored six books, dozens of...

Elliot Ackerman

Elliot Ackerman

Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Green on Blue. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications,...

Natalie Adams

Natalie Adams

Natalie Adams is the co-author (with James Adams) of Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi. She is a professor at the University of Alabama, holding a joint appointment in New College and the College of Education. Natalie is the co-author of...

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...

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...

Kathi  Appelt

Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt is the New York Times best-selling author of more than fifty books for children and young adults. Her first novel, The Underneath, was named a National Book Award Finalist, a Newbery Honor Book, and the PEN USA Literature for Children Award. Her memoir, My...

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...

Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is the author of the New York Times-bestselling novel Mostly Dead Things and the story collection Felt in the Jaw. A queer writer based in Florida, she has written for The New York Times, Guernica, BuzzFeed, McSweeney’s, The Guardian,...

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...

Mateo Askaripour

Mateo Askaripour

Mateo Askaripour’s work aims to empower people of color to seize opportunities for advancement, no matter the obstacle. He was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Medium, and...

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg

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

Howard Bahr

Howard Bahr

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

Jack Bales

Jack Bales

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

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...

Kelle Barfield

Kelle Barfield

Kelle Barfield is owner of Lorelei Books in Vicksburg, Mississippi, an independent bookstore devoted to keeping the love of literacy and learning alive. A retired employee of Entergy Corporation, Barfield has practiced nuclear power communications for more than 30 years and continues to...

Jim Barksdale

Jim Barksdale

Jim Barksdale is Chairman of the Board and President of Barksdale Management Corporation, a private company that manages his investments and philanthropic activities. He has over 35 years of operational experience and served as President and CEO of Netscape Communications Corp. from January...

Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett is the author of three previous books, including Rain, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and named a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. She lives with her family in Gainesville, Florida, where she is also Environmental...

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 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,...

Quan Barry

Quan Barry

Born in Saigon and raised on Boston’s north shore, Quan Barry is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of four poetry books; her third book, Water Puppets, won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was a PEN/Open Book finalist. She has...

Jennifer O. Baughn

Jennifer O. Baughn

Jennifer is a native of Milton, Florida but has lived in Jackson for 25 years. She attended Northland Baptist Bible College and later received her master’s degree in history from Florida State University. As an architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and...

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....

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...

Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of four poetry collections-Made to Explode, Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, which won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling-as well as Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir...

Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez is a contributor to Rolling Stone, Guitar Player and other music and audio media. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and his profile of Greg Iles from Guitar Aficionado...

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...

Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next...

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz has published short stories in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was...

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 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, World Oil Magazine, The Suburban...

Kai Bird

Kai Bird

Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and journalist. He is the acclaimed author of biographies of John J. McCloy and of McGeorge and William Bundy. He won the Pulitzer Prize for biography for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer...

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,...

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. She went on to serve as deputy director for communication, overseeing the department’s strategic planning process...

Richard Boada

Richard Boada

Richard Boada is the author of the poetry collections: We Find Each Other in the Darkness, The Error of Nostalgia, and Archipelago Sinking. He is the recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship and has been nominated for the Mississippi Institute of...

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...

Lovejoy Boteler

Lovejoy Boteler

I grew up on Riverdale Farms, eight hundred and fifty three prime acres in northern Grenada County, Mississippi. Although farming is in my DNA, I majored in instrumental music at Delta State University, and throughout my life have been involved with composing or performing music in one way...

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...

Roderick Boyd

Roderick Boyd

The Huffington Post named Roderick Boyd as one of the 25 most feared financial reporters in America. His book about the near collapse of AIG, Fatal Risk, was long-listed for the 2011 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year. A former staffer of Fortune, in 2012 Boyd...

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...

Betsy Bradley

Betsy Bradley


Regina N. Bradley

Regina N. Bradley

Dr. Regina N. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Hutchins Center, Harvard University, Spring 2016), Associate Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University, and co-host of the critically acclaimed southern hip hop podcast Bottom of the Map with...

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

H. W. Brands

H. W. Brands

H. W. (Henry William) Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. ~ He taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at...

Jennifer Brannock

Jennifer Brannock

Jennifer Brannock is the Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a BA in Art History and a MSLS from the University of Kentucky.

Charlie Braxton

Charlie Braxton

Charlie R. Braxton is a noted poet, playwright and cultural critics from Mississippi, the land where the blues begin. He is also one of the leading hip hop journalists of the 1990s. His feature articles, essays and reviews on various aspects of hip hop culture have appeared in top...

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,...

Elizabeth Miki  Brina

Elizabeth Miki Brina

Elizabeth Miki Brina is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Bread Loaf Scholarship and a New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship. She currently lives and teaches in New Orleans.

Dr. Nancy Bristow

Dr. Nancy Bristow

Nancy K. Bristow is a professor of history at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she is also the Chair of the History Department, a founding member of the African American Studies Program, and a member of the Leadership Team of the Race and Pedagogy Institute. She is...

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....

Brian Broome

Brian Broome

Brian Broome is an award-winning writer, poet, and screenwriter, and K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is pursuing an MFA. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie...

Carolyn J. Brown

Carolyn J. Brown

Carolyn J. Brown is a writer, editor, and independent scholar from Jackson, Mississippi. She is author of The Artist’s Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark (2017) and the award-winning biographies A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty (2012) and Song...

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American...

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...

Julie K. Brown

Julie K. Brown

“Julie K. Brown’s important book offers not just a definitive account of the Epstein case, but a compelling window into her own experiences as a dogged reporter at a regional newspaper, facing off against both powerful interests set against her reporting.” - Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer...

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...

Lonnie G. Bunch III

Lonnie G. Bunch III

Historian, author, curator, and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, who was appointed in June 2019. Prior to assuming this position, Bunch was the founding director of the...

Mike Bunn

Mike Bunn

Mike Bunn is a historian and author who has worked with several cultural heritage organizations in the Southeast. He currently serves as Director of Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. He is author or co-author of several books, including Fourteenth Colony: The...

Hank Burdine

Hank Burdine

Hank Burdine was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He was a road builder and gentleman farmer. After a sixteen-year walkabout with his family in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Southern Colorado and the Emerald Coast of the Florida...

Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess is an artist and writer whose work inhabits that elusive place where memory and reality overlap, capturing moments in time that hint at an underlying narrative. Her art is in the collections of The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Zimmerli Museum of Art, Mint Museum of...

Tori Bush

Tori Bush

Tori Bush is a writer, teacher and PhD candidate in the English department at Louisiana State University with an interest in the environmental humanities, postcolonial theory, and critical race studies. She is co-editor of the anthology, The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing...

Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Four Blondes, Summer and the City, and Killing Monica. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the...

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...

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...

James T. Campbell

James T. Campbell

James T. Campbell is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University and co-author, with Elaine Owens, of Mississippi Witness: The Photographs of Florence Mars. His previous books include Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005, a...

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...

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....

Tracy Carr

Tracy Carr

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

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...

Brian Castner

Brian Castner

Brian Castner is a nonfiction writer, former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, and veteran of the Iraq War. His most recent book is “Stampede,” a new history of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. He is also the bestselling author of “Disappointment River,” “All...

Casey Cep

Casey Cep

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among other...

Daphne Chamberlain

Daphne Chamberlain


Mamta Chaudhry

Mamta Chaudhry

Mamta Chaudhry’s fiction, poetry, and feature articles have been published in the Miami Review, The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Writer’s Digest, and The Rotarian, among others. She lives with her husband in Coral Gables, Florida, and...

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time, The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, and The Gilded Wolves. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and her books have appeared on Barnes and Nobles Best...

Olivia Clare

Olivia Clare

Olivia Clare is the author of a book of short stories, Disasters in the First World (Black Cat/Grove Atlantic), and a book of poems, The 26-Hour Day (New Issues). Her novel is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Paris...

Tom Clavin

Tom Clavin

Tom Clavin was a reporter for 15 years for The New York Times served as editor of weekly newspapers before turning to writing full-time. Four of his books have been New York Times best sellers: Dodge City, The Heart of Everything That Is, Halsey’s Typhoon, and The Last Stand of...

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...

Adam Clay

Adam Clay

Adam Clay was born and raised in Mississippi. He is the author of four book of poems. His most recent collection, To Make Room for the Sea, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2020. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, Bennington Review, Georgia...

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 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...

Leroy Clemons

Leroy Clemons

Leroy Clemons is an alderman at large in the city of Philadelphia, Mississippi and executive director at the Neshoba Youth Coalition. In 2004, he co-founded and became president of the Philadelphia Coalition, a multiracial task force that successfully pushed for the successful prosecution...

Kate Cochran

Kate Cochran

Kate Cochran is Editor of The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts & Letters in the South and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she teaches courses on southern literature, American literature, and English education.

Courtney E. Cockrell

Courtney E. Cockrell

Courtney E. Cockrell is currently an attorney with a state agency in Mississippi focusing on employment law matters. She is also on the legal staff of MarchOn Voter Protection Corps, a national organization concentrating on voter protection and voter education. Prior to handling...

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...

M Shelly Conner

M Shelly Conner

M Shelly Conner is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas. She and her wife live on their central Arkansas homestead with their dog Whiskey where she writes about DIY, black queer womanhood, self-sustainable living and their interesting...

Cassandra King Conroy

Cassandra King Conroy

Cassandra King Conroy is an award-winning author of five novels, a book of nonfiction, numerous short stories, magazine articles, and essays. She has taught creative writing on the college level, conducted corporate writing seminars, and worked as a human interest reporter. King’s...

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,...

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 L. Cox

Karen L. Cox

Karen L. Cox is an award-winning historian, Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A successful public intellectual, she has written opeds for the New York Times, the Washington Post,...

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...

James R. Crocket

James R. Crocket

Jim Crockett is Professor Emeritus of Accountancy at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), and an Adjunct Professor of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. He earned the BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Mississippi and the DBA from Mississippi State University....

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 born in Jackson, Mississippi, and came of age in the 1960s Jim Crow South. She pledged Tri Delt sorority at Ole Miss in 1969. (“Mary Margaret” in her novel was also a Tri Delt at Ole Miss in the 1960s.) Her previously published books include Friends of the...

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...

Dennis Dahmer

Dennis Dahmer

Dennis Dahmer is a Civil Rights Activist and educator and the son of slain Forrest County NAACP President Vernon Dahmer, Sr.

Ellen Rodgers  Daniels

Ellen Rodgers Daniels

Ellen Rodgers Daniels opens the next chapter in her forays into the heart of Mississippi culture. This Rolling Fork native brings a curious mind and a keen eye to the task, honed from her dozen years as a bookseller at Lemuria, her work as a gallery assistant at Fischer Galleries and her...

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...

Patrick Dean

Patrick Dean

Patrick Dean writes on the outdoors, outdoor athletes, and the environment. He has worked as a teacher, a political media director, and is presently the executive director of a rail-trail nonprofit. An avid trail-runner, paddler, and mountain-biker, he lives with his wife and dogs on the...

Mason Deaver

Mason Deaver

Mason Deaver is a non-binary author and librarian from a small town in North Carolina where the word “y’all” is used in abundance. When they aren’t writing or working, they’re typically found in their kitchen baking something that’s bad for them or out in their...

Roy DeBerry

Roy DeBerry

A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Roy is the Executive Director and one of the founders of the Hill Country Project . He was active as a high school student in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and then as a general organizer. Roy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at...

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...

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...

Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson has taught English and creative writing for 18 years, and currently chairs the English department at Germantown High in Madison County. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College, his poems and essays have appeared in The Louisiana Review, Poetry Quarterly,...

Alda P. Dobbs

Alda P. Dobbs

Alda P. Dobbs is the author of the upcoming novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. She was born in a small town in northern Mexico but moved to San Antonio, Texas as a child. Alda studied physics and worked as an engineer before pursuing her love of storytelling. She’s as passionate about...

Michael Dobbs

Michael Dobbs

Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, but is now a U.S. citizen. He was a long-time reporter for The Washington Post, covering the collapse of communism as a foreign correspondent. He has taught at leading American universities, including Princeton, the University of...

Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of thirteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime...

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...

Deborah D. Douglas

Deborah D. Douglas

Deborah D. Douglas is the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University and a senior leader with The OpEd Project, leading thought leadership fellowships and programs that include the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University, Dartmouth College,...

Timothy Duffy

Timothy Duffy

Timothy Duffy is a renowned photographer and founder of the Music Maker Foundation, which assists traditional musicians in need. Timothy has been recording and photographing traditional artists in the South for forty years. Duffy builds years-long relationships with artists in order to...

Kitty Dumas

Kitty Dumas

Kitty Dumas is a writer and native of Eupora, MS. She is (still) completing a memoir.

William  Dunlap

William Dunlap

Allegory is ever-present in the work of William Dunlap, an artist and writer who refers to what he does as “hypothetical realism.” “The places I paint and the people I write about aren’t real… but they could be.” He is the recipient of international...

Lee Durkee

Lee Durkee

Lee Durkee is a graduate of the Mississippi public school system and was bussed to various schools throughout the Hattiesburg area. He later attended Pearl River Junior College, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Arkansas, and Syracuse University. He is the author of...

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 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...

Glory Edim

Glory Edim

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist...

Liz Egan

Liz Egan

Liz Egan directs the McMullan Young Writers Workshop, and teaches creative writing and directs the writing center at Millsaps College. She holds an MFA in fiction from George Mason University, and is co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook press. Her fiction has...

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...

Helen Ellis

Helen Ellis

Helen Ellis is the author of Southern Lady Code, American Housewife and Eating the Cheshire Cat. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and Instagram @American Housewife. Photo by Lara Magzan...

Anjali Enjeti

Anjali Enjeti

Anjali Enjeti is a former attorney, award-winning journalist, and activist. She writes a political column for ZORA magazine and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University. Her recent essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Newsday, The Nation,...

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 A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through A Real and Imagined Literary Landscape (Timber Press, March 2021). A native of Mount Olive, Mississippi, he is the author of two other books: Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark...

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...

Jelani M. Favors

Jelani M. Favors

Jelani M. Favors is associate professor of history at Clayton State University.

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, a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, is the former poet laureate of Mississippi and teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to...

Tim Fielder

Tim Fielder

Tim Fielder is an Illustrator, concept designer, cartoonist, and animator born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He has a lifelong love of Visual Afrofuturism, Pulp entertainment, and action films. He is known for his graphic novel series, Matty’s...

Robert W. Fieseler

Robert W. Fieseler

Robert W. Fieseler is the winner of the 2020 Columbia Journalism School First Decade Award, the 2019 NLGJA (National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association) Journalist of the Year and a debut nonfiction author. He currently lives with his husband and dog in New Orleans. He graduated...

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth’s sixth book of poems is The Bones of Winter Birds, chosen in Terrapin Books’ open reading period and published in 2019. Her fifth book, Mississippi, is a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press 2018). Ann is coeditor, with...

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 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 an author, culinary educator, and raconteuse from the Mississippi Delta. She has received The Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, The James Beard Book Award for American Cooking, Southern Independent Booksellers Award, Food 52 Piglett Award, and Gourmand...

Gilbert Ford

Gilbert Ford

Gilbert Ford holds a BFA in Illustration from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author and illustrator of picture books Flying Lessons, The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring, and How the Cookie Crumbled....

Michael Ford

Michael Ford

Michael Ford is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. He is also the proprietor of Yellow Cat Productions, an award-winning media production company based in Washington, D.C.

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 Frank with...

Heather Fox

Heather Fox

Heather Fox is an illustrator of stories for children. Her art is filled with quirk and dashes of whimsy that is created in both doodle and digital forms. When she isn’t creating, she is probably drinking a hot cup of coffee, eating Chinese food, or chasing down her dog (Sir Hugo) that...

X.M. “Mike

X.M. “Mike" Frascogna, Jr.

X.M. “Mike” Frascogna, Jr. is a practicing attorney with over 47 years of experience in domestic and international litigation, entertainment and sports law, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has assisted the FBI in hostage negotiations, served as a Special Master in...

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...

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Shennette (pronounced shuh-NET) Garrett-Scott is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her first book: Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal. Banking on Freedom tells the story of the St....

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...

Monika Gehlawat

Monika Gehlawat

Monika Gehlawat is Associate Director of the School of Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her critical monograph In Defense of Dialogue: Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature (2020) is a featured title in Routledge’s Press...

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

Winner of the 1984 National Book Award for Fiction for her collection of short stories, Victory Over Japan, Ellen Gilchrist has been declared “a national treasure” by the Washington Post for her various works, which at present constitute a collection of twenty-three books. She has...

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...

Bruce Golden

Bruce Golden

Bruce Golden, LMS (born in Mississippi; refuses to leave) Golden has worked in the Jackson Public School System for over 25 years—10 years as a middle school science teacher and the last 15 years as a librarian. He moved from the library at Peeples Middle School to the library at the...

Melody Golding

Melody Golding

Melody Golding is an author, photographer and artist living in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History Archives Center acquired her solo documentary exhibit; Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember and also her documentary photography and oral...

Phillip  Gordon

Phillip Gordon

Phillip “Pip” Gordon was born in Memphis and grew up in West Tennessee. He graduated in 2005 from the University of Tennessee at Martin and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Mississippi where he was awarded the Francis Bell McCool Fellowship for Faulkner Studies. He has...

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...

Michael Gorra

Michael Gorra

Michael Gorra is the Mary August Jordan Professor of English, at Smith College, where he has taught since 1985. His books include The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War (2020), described by Drew Gilpin Faust as “rich, complex, and eloquent” and Portrait...

Juliet Grames

Juliet Grames

Juliet Grames is SVP and Associate Publisher at Soho Press, where she also curates the Soho Crime imprint of critically acclaimed international and multicultural crime fiction. She has been a book editor for fourteen years, the last nine of which have been at Soho. She is also the author of...

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...

Shannon Greenland

Shannon Greenland

Shannon Greenland grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in...

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...

J. Richard Gruber

J. Richard Gruber

J. Richard Gruber, Ph.D., is an independent curator, art historian and writer, and Director Emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. He also served as Director of the Wichita Art Museum, Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and Deputy Director of the Morris...

Jeff Guinn

Jeff Guinn

Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together, The Last Gunfight, Manson, and The Road to Jonestown. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.

Matthew Guinn

Matthew Guinn

A native of Atlanta, Matthew Guinn earned a BA in English from the University of Georgia. He continued graduate school at the University of Mississippi, where he met his wife Kristen and completed a master’s degree. At the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Ph.D. in English,...

Minrose Gwin

Minrose Gwin

Minrose Gwin is the author of three novels: The Queen of Palmyra, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; Promise; and The Accidentals. Wishing for Snow, her 2004 memoir about the convergence of...

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...

John  Hailman

John Hailman

John Hailman is a retired federal prosecutor from the US attorney’s office in Oxford, Mississippi. He was an inaugural Overby Fellow in Journalism and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of four previous books: the critically-acclaimed...

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program and the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, Revolt Against...

Eldridge C. [Redge] Hanes

Eldridge C. [Redge] Hanes

Eldridge C [Redge] Hanes was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and educated at Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia, and Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Following his graduation in 1967 from Duke with a BA in Economics, Redge enlisted in the Army where he graduated...

Shirley A. James Hanshaw

Shirley A. James Hanshaw

Dr. Shirley Ann James Hanshaw, Professor Emerita, has taught in colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Mississippi and was instrumental in establishing the first African American Studies Program at Mississippi State University where she became the first African American...

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 Frances Hardy

Sarah Frances Hardy

Sarah Frances Hardy is the author/illustrator of three children’s books: Puzzled by Pink published by Viking Children’s Books and Paint Me! and Dress Me! both published by Sky Pony Press. Dress Me! was chosen as a featured selection in the Children’s Book...

Jaime Harker

Jaime Harker

Jaime Harker is professor of English and the director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi, where she teaches American literature, LGBTQ literature, and gender studies. She has published essays on Japanese translation, popular women writers...

Kristin Harmel

Kristin Harmel

Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including The Forest of Vanishing Stars, The Book of Lost Names and The Winemaker’s Wife. Kristin, whose books have...

Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper

First elected to Congress in 2009, Gregg served five terms representing Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District. During his time in Congress, he served as a member of the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce which has jurisdiction over a broad swath of the economy including...

Lee Harper

Lee Harper

Artist and model maker based in Oxford, MS. Created small models of old Oxford during the pandemic and with the help of photographer Pableaux Johnson, put the collection together in book form, tiny oxford.

Shelby Harriel

Shelby Harriel

Shelby Harriel is a mathematics instructor at Pearl River Community College. She received a B.A. in history with a minor in mathematics and an M.Ed. with concentrations in history and mathematics. Though her career has always revolved around mathematics, she actively pursues her lifelong...

Derrick  Harriell

Derrick Harriell

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

Derrick Harriell

Derrick Harriell

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

Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel The Gates of the Alamo and his recent narrative history of Texas, Big Wonderful Thing. His other books include the novels Remember Ben Clayton and A Friend of Mr....

Bracey Harris

Bracey Harris

Bracey Harris is a Mississippi-based journalist. Previously, she covered education for The Clarion Ledger. She’s a fan of squeezing into classroom desks, government accountability and timely responses to public records requests. She is the first recipient of the Journalist of Color...

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...

Nathan  Harris

Nathan Harris

Nathan Harris holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas. He is a recipient of the University of Oregon’s Kidd Prize and was a finalist for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize. He lives in Austin, Texas. The Sweetness of Water is his first novel.

Zakiya Dalila Harris

Zakiya Dalila Harris

Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in the editorial department at Knopf Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel, The Other Black Girl. Prior to working in publishing, Harris received her MFA in creative writing from the New School. Her essays and book reviews...

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...

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Feels Like Falling, The Peachtree Bluff series, and Under the Southern Sky. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s...

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....

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

Elizabeth Heiskell is a Mississippi cook and caterer, founder of Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mix, regular TODAY show contributor, and author of What Can I Bring?, The Southern Living Party Cookbook, and Come On Over!

Melanie Henry

Melanie Henry

Melanie Henry received her BBA from the University of Mississippi and her MBA from Mississippi College. She was the Associate Executive Director of The Mississippi Bar for 32 years. Melanie served as Managing Editor of the Mississippi Lawyer magazine, producing over 175 issues. She...

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...

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.

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...

Jesse J. Holland

Jesse J. Holland

Jesse J. Holland is a bestselling non-fiction author, longtime comic book and science-fiction fan, and the writer of the children’s novel Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Finn’s Story, co-author of the late, lamented-by-no-one-except-a-couple-of-diehard-fans collegiate comic strip...

Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt

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

Leslie Hossfeld

Leslie Hossfeld

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

Judy Hottensen

Judy Hottensen

Judy Hottensen has been the Associate Publisher of Grove Atlantic since 2011, where she has spent over two decades in various roles. In 1997, Judy was the Director of Publicity at Grove Atlantic when Sex and the City was published. She is thrilled to be publishing Is There Still...

Lauren Hough

Lauren Hough

Lauren Hough was born in Germany and raised in seven countries and West Texas. She’s been an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a green-aproned barista, a bartender, a livery driver, and, for a time, a cable guy. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Wrath-Bearing Tree, The Guardian, and...

Peter Houlahan

Peter Houlahan

Peter Houlahan is a freelance writer contributing to a wide range of publications. In his career as an emergency medical technician, he has written a number of articles related to his profession, including the impact of PTSD on first responders. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College....

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...

Lisa Howorth

Lisa Howorth

Lisa Howorth was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where her new novel is set in 1959. She is the author of the 2014 novel, Flying Shoes, and she has written for the Oxford American and Garden & Gun. Howorth taught art history at the University of Mississippi,...

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.

Bronwen Hruska

Bronwen Hruska

Bronwen Hruska is the Publisher of Soho Press, an award-winning independent publisher of literary fiction, international crime fiction and young adult fiction. Before joining Soho eleven years ago, Bronwen worked as a journalist and screenwriter. Her novel, Accelerated, was published...

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...

Alan Huffman

Alan Huffman

Author of five nonfiction books: Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer (Grove, 2013) We’re With Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics (coauthored with Michael Rejebian, HarperCollins, 2012) Sultana: Surviving the...

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...

Howard Hunter

Howard Hunter

Howard Hunter is a native of New Orleans and a history teacher 38 years. He has published articles on New Orleans and the Civil War for both academic and general audiences. He is past president of the Louisiana Historical Society. Tearing Down the Lost Cause with co-author James Gill...

Jessica Ingram

Jessica Ingram

Jessica Ingram works with multi-media and archive to explore the ethos of communities, and notions of progress and resistance in American culture. Raised in Tennessee, she received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and MFA from California College of the Arts. Her work has been...

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: 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...

Melissa Iwai

Melissa Iwai

Melissa Iwai is a children’s book author and illustrator who incorporates both traditional and digital media into her art. When she’s not working, Melissa cooks and develops her own recipes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Will Jacks

Will Jacks

Will Jacks is a process artist best known for his photographic work, but also incorporates explorations with land, objects, sound, video, and community engagement into his practice. His research examines the blurred areas between art and journalism, individual and collective, and the impact...

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...

John Jennings

John Jennings

John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Jennings is also a 2016...

Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore R. Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he undertakes research on race, politics, and American identity. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he was a National Fellow at New America and a...

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

When she’s not writing, Yvette Johnson works as the Executive Director of The Booker Wright Project. In this role, she creates and facilitates workshops on unconscious bias and privilege. The Project seeks to find new and innovate ways to address diversity without increasing division....

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...

Robert Jones, Jr.

Robert Jones, Jr.

Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from New York City. He received his B.F.A. in creative writing, and M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. He is the creator and curator of...

Pamela Junior

Pamela Junior

Motivational speaker, historian, and women’s activist, Pamela D.C. Junior is the newly appointed director of the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Mississippi. As former manager of Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Pamela fought passionately and tirelessly to make the Museum a...

Margerita Jurkovic

Margerita Jurkovic

Slovenian lawyer Margerita Jurkovic, who knew absolutely nothing about American football when she arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, for Law School, has penned a memoir sure to captivate the most ardent of fans. Margerita’s Gridiron Adventure will be published by The Mississippi...

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...

Sheree Rose Kelley

Sheree Rose Kelley

Sheree Rose Kelley is a keeper of family recipes and lore. From her Pulaski, Tennessee, birthplace to her current post as CEO of Belle Meade Winery, Sheree chronicles stories of loved ones and their ways in the kitchen. Sheree was one of the nation’s top salespeople for The...

Jodi Kendall

Jodi Kendall

Jodi Kendall is the middle grade author of The Unlikely of a Pig in the City and Dog Days in the City (HarperCollins). Jodi is a former wildlife journalist and current full-time non-profit development leader. Jodi holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona...

Alex Kershaw

Alex Kershaw

Alex Kershaw is a journalist and a New York Times bestselling author of books on World War II. Born in York, England, he is a graduate of Oxford University and has lived in the United States since 1994. Photo by Michael Carroll

Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key is the author of Congratulations, Who Are You Again? and The World’s Largest Man, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a major literary award, according to his mother. His writing has appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford...

Robert Khayat

Robert Khayat

Robert Khayat is Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Mississippi. As a student at Ole Miss, he was a two-time All-SEC baseball player. He was selected as an Academic All American football player and he led the nation in scoring among all college kickers. He played in the National...

Taylor  Kitchings

Taylor Kitchings

Taylor Kitchings is the author of the novel Yard War (Wendy Lamb/Penguin Random House), winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction award in 2016 and a finalist for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. His short fiction appeared inTight Lines from Yale...

Sam Kleiner

Sam Kleiner

Sam Kleiner is a historian and lawyer in New York City. A native of Tucson, Arizona, he holds degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and Yale Law School. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and...

Michael Knight

Michael Knight

Michael Knight is the author of three novels, three collections of short stories, and a book of novellas. He lives Knoxville with his wife and two daughters and teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

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...

Marisa Kwiatkowski

Marisa Kwiatkowski

Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter at USA TODAY. She previously worked for media outlets in Michigan, South Carolina and Indiana. Marisa’s work has spurred federal and state investigations, criminal charges, resignations and changes to federal law and state policy. She...

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...

Luke Lampton

Luke Lampton

An old idiom asserts that a picture speaks a thousand words, and the hundreds of images which follow tell the story of medicine with texture, color, and depth words often can’t convey. Mississippi has always possessed a distinctive medical sense of place, with its history strongly...

Anne Geddie Landrum

Anne Geddie Landrum

Anne Geddie Landrum is the wife of Tom Landrum. They were married for sixty-seven years, and they have five children, sixteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Anne worked with Tom in the Youth Court system, in real estate, and with Primerica Financial Services. Thirty-eight years...

Mike Landrum

Mike Landrum

Mike Landrum is one of Tom and Anne Landrum’s sons, and he serves as the Landrum family spokesperson. Mike is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, and he is also an NFL alumni as he played with the Atlanta Falcons from 19884-1986. Mike and his wife Amy are thirty-one...

Todd Lape

Todd Lape

Todd Lape is the Production and Design Manager for the University Press of Mississippi and has been with the press for over 21 years. He designed the current version of Photographs: Updated and Expanded by Eudora Welty that was released in April of 2019.

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...

Ariel  Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. She is the author of The Wife The Maid and The Mistress, Flight of Dreams, I Was Anastasia, and the Code Name Hélène. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and...

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...

Kiese  Laymon

Kiese Laymon

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division, the memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others...

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...

P.J. Lee

P.J. Lee

P.J. Lee is a lifelong Mississippian, who splits his time between practicing law and screenwriting.

Saul A. Lelchuk

Saul A. Lelchuk

Saul A. Lelchuk’s debut novel, Save Me From Dangerous Men, is the start of a series featuring bookseller and PI Nikki Griffin. The series has been optioned for film and television and the foreign rights have sold in multiple countries. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of...

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.

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.

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 L. Luckett, Jr.

Robert L. Luckett, Jr.

Robby Luckett received his BA in political science from Yale University and his PhD in history from the University of Georgia. A native Mississippian, he returned home, where he is a tenured Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center and COFO Civil Rights Education...

Ebony Lumumba

Ebony Lumumba

Ebony Lumumba is an associate professor of English at Jackson State University and serves as department chair. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Mississippi a Master of Arts in English from Georgia State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman...

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...

Chris Mackowski

Chris Mackowski

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War. He is the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie, and the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois...

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...

Steven Manheim

Steven Manheim

Steven Manheim is an award-winning photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio, including awards from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors and for All Ohio Excellence in Journalism. His book Blues Musicians of the Mississippi Delta combines his lifelong passion for music, photography,...

Mesha Maren

Mesha Maren

Mesha Maren is the author of the novel Sugar Run (Algonquin Books). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, The Southern Review, Triquarterly, Crazyhorse and elsewhere. She serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at Federal...

Rebecca Mark

Rebecca Mark

Rebecca Mark, the Chair of the English Department and Director of the Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is a scholar and Professor whose research addresses southern writing and cultural representations of trauma. Her books include: The Dragon’s Blood: Feminist...

Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, before serving as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. He is the bestselling...

Robert M. Marovich

Robert M. Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. “Gospel Memories,” a radio program of classic gospel, spiritual, and jubilee music, airs on Chicago’s WLUW-FM and received a commendation from the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and in 2017 earned Bob a Gospel...

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 F. Marszalek

John F. Marszalek

John F. Marszalek is the executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, Mississippi State University., holding this position from 2008 to the present. He is also the Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, serving in the MSU Department of History from 1973 to...

John F. Marszalek III

John F. Marszalek III

John F. Marszalek III is the author of Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples in Mississippi (2020, University Press of Mississippi), named the 2020 Digital Book World Best Nonfiction Book and Best Book Published by a University Press. He is also a host of the podcast...

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...

Melissa M. Martin

Melissa M. Martin

Melissa M. Martin grew up on the Louisiana coast and has lived in New Orleans for 20 years. After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, she worked as an adult literacy teacher until she evacuated to Northern California during Hurricane Katrina. While living there, she worked at...

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...

Elizabeth McCain

Elizabeth McCain

Storytelling is the heart and soul of Elizabeth McCain’s life. Originally from Mississippi, she is the author of a compelling memoir, A Lesbian Belle Tells OUTrageous Southern Stories of Family, Loss, and Love, an expansion of her award-winning one-woman play. Elizabeth’s true...

Bren McClain

Bren McClain

Bren McClain’s debut novel, One Good Mama Bone, from Pat Conroy’s Story River Books won the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction and the 2019 Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature. It was also named Pulpwood Queen 2017 Book of the Year, a 2017 Great Group Reads by...

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,...

Tiffany McDaniel

Tiffany McDaniel

Tiffany McDaniel is a novelist, poet, and visual artist born and raised in Ohio. She is the author of The Summer That Melted Everything and Betty.

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...

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...

C. Liegh McInnis

C. Liegh McInnis

C. Liegh McInnis is an English instructor at Jackson State University, the former editor/publisher of Black Magnolias Literary Journal, the author of eight books, including four collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction (Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban...

Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and English teacher, writes and speaks about the intersection of faith and contemporary life. His titles include A New Kind of Christian, The Great Spiritual Migration, We Make the Road by Walking, and an illustrated children’s book called Cory...

Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin is founder and executive director of the Animal Rescue Front. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a BA in earth sciences, she lives in Massachusetts with two cats. This is her first book.

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...

Donnie McMahand

Donnie McMahand

Donnie McMahand is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Towson University. His publications include essays on works by Eudora Welty, Langston Hughes, Bebe Moore Campbell, Harper Lee, Lewis Nordan, Toni Morrison, and Randall Kenan. With co-author Kevin Murphy, McMahand...

Margaret McMullan

Margaret McMullan

Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter. Her young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, and...

Lisa  McNair

Lisa McNair

Lisa McNair is the younger sister of Denise McNair, victim of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing. A lifelong resident of Birmingham, Lisa is a professional photographer and national public speaker with a personal memoir due out in 2021.

Diane C. McPhail

Diane C. McPhail

Diane C. McPhail is an artist, writer, and minister. A graduate of Ole Miss, Duke Writers, University of Iowa Distance Education, and the Yale Writers’ Conference, she is a member of North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Historical Novel Society, where she was recently a panelist. She...

LaTanya McQueen

LaTanya McQueen

LaTanya McQueen has an MFA from Emerson College, a PhD from the University of Missouri, and was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Coe College. She published an essay collection,...

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...

Ellen B. Meacham

Ellen B. Meacham

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

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...

Allen Mendenhall

Allen Mendenhall

Allen Mendenhall is an associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and editor of Southern Literary Review. His books include Literature and Liberty (2014); Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon (2017); Of Bees and Boys (2017); The...

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 grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour, as well as the novels The Last Days of California and Biloxi. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, the Oxford...

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...

Jennifer Moffett

Jennifer Moffett

Jennifer Moffett is the author of the novel Those Who Prey (a 2021 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Youth Literature nominee) and a forthcoming novel (2022) published by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. After working in New York for several animated television series, which...

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

American photographer Andrew Moore is widely acclaimed for his photographic series, made over many years, which record the effect of time on the natural and built landscape. These series include work made in Cuba, Russia, Bosnia, Times Square, Detroit, the High Plains, and most recently,...

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...

Wayètu Moore

Wayètu Moore

Wayètu Moore is the author of the novel She would Be King, named a best book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly, and Buzzfeed. She is the founder of One Moore Book, a nonprofit organization that creates and distributes culturally relevant books for...

Brittney Morris

Brittney Morris

Brittney Morris is the author of Slay. She holds a BA in economics from Boston University because back then, she wanted to be a financial analyst. (She’s now thankful that didn’t happen). She spends her spare time reading, playing indie video games, and enjoying the rain from her...

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.

William H. Morris

William H. Morris

Bill Morris brings passion to whatever he pursues. A lifelong resident of Jackson, Mississippi, Morris is the founder and president of The William Morris Group, an industry-leading insurance consulting and marketing firm. He has won virtually every award in his industry, including inclusion...

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...

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...

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

Currently a Lecturer at Towson University, Kevin Murphy writes about modern and contemporary southern fiction and has published essays and reviews in the Eudora Welty Review, The Southern Quarterly, Mississippi Quarterly, and Southern Literary Journal. With co-author Donnie...

Tonja Murphy

Tonja Murphy

Jackson native Tonja Murphy is thrilled to join the team after serving on the Board of Directors. Tonja puts her love for community, students, and books to use with the Mississippi Book Festival, as she takes on the role of Community Engagement Coordinator.

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...

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 New York Times best-selling author of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments, finalist for the Kirkus Prize in non-fiction, and recently named the Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. She is also the author of four...

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize....

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...

Patrick O'Daniel

Patrick O'Daniel

Patrick O’Daniel is the Executive Director of Library Services at Southwest Tennessee Community College and previously worked for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center where he spent nine years in the History Department working with archival and genealogical collections....

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is Vice President and Director of Marketing and Publicity at Soho Press as well as publisher of Syndicate Books. In a former life he owned a bookstore and thinks about that a lot.

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...

January Gill O'Neil

January Gill O'Neil

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an associate professor of English at Salem State University, and boards of trustees member with the Association of Writers...

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.

Frank LaRue Owen

Frank LaRue Owen

Frank LaRue Owen’s poetry is influenced by diverse sources including dreams, the seasons, various landscapes, cross-cultural experiences, and the churning gyre of the soul’s journey, resulting in a style of poetry his late teacher referred to as ‘deep-mapping of unseen reality’....

Margaret Owen

Margaret Owen

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice...

Ted Ownby

Ted Ownby

Ted Ownby is professor of history and southern studies and director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

Martin Padgett

Martin Padgett

Martin Padgett has an MFA from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and received a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellowship. He has written for Oxford American, Gravy, Details, and Business Week. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Timothy Pakron

Timothy Pakron

Timothy Pakron is a passionate cook, artist, photographer, and creator of the popular blog Mississippi Vegan. Before devoting himself to the culinary arts, he spent time as a fine artist in Charleston, South Carolina, and New York City. While living in NYC, he created the concept of...

Nina Parikh

Nina Parikh

Nina Parikh has been with the Mississippi Film Office for 22 years, currently serving as the director. She studied filmmaking at New York University and University of Southern Mississippi, worked in the industry as a producer, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Millsaps...

Kimberly King Parsons

Kimberly King Parsons

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Kimberly King Parsons received her MFA from Columbia University. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Best Small Fictions 2017, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Ninth Letter, and The Kenyon Review, among others. Photo by Heather...

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth &...

George Patton

George Patton

Graduate University Of Mississippi 1975 Psychology Graduate University Of Mississippi Medical School 1979 Internal Medicine Residency 1979-1982 Chief Resident in Internal Medicine 1982-1983 Practice of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics 1983-Present Married to Mae and have 4 grown...

Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton, bestselling author of what Library Journal calls, “The Beloved Dixie Series:” Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie and Southern as a Second Language is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three...

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....

James A. Peden, Jr.

James A. Peden, Jr.

Attorney, Stennett, Wilkinson & Peden, Jackson, Mississippi; B.A. summa cum laude, University of Mississippi, 1966; Fulbright Scholar, University of Bristol, England, 1966-67; J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 1970; President, Young Lawyers Division, Mississippi Bar,...

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...

Marc Perrusquia

Marc Perrusquia

Marc Perrusquia is the director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis. He previously served as a journalist for The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper in Memphis, where he worked for more than 29 years as an investigative reporter, special...

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...

Torrey Peters

Torrey Peters

Torrey Peters is the author of the bestselling novel Detransition, Baby (Random House, 2021), which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and was a Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club Pick. She is also the author of the novellas Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The...

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

Ashleigh Bryant Phillips is from rural Woodland, North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Meredith College and earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Her stories have appeared in The Oxford American, The Paris Review and others. Sleepovers is her...

Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips is the author of six novels, ranging from historical fiction to literary thriller to middle grade. Her work has been sold in 29 countries. Gin’s debut novel, The Well and the Mine, won the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Her recent novel, Fierce...

Graham and Parker Phillips

Graham and Parker Phillips

Graham and Parker Phillips are brother writer/directors based out of New York and Los Angeles. Parker studied literature at Bucknell University while Graham studied U.S. History at Princeton where he wrote his thesis on indigenous marginalization and resistance in the United States....

Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn. Photo by Nina Subin

Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott is the author of the memoir-in-essays I Miss You When I Blink; the author and illustrator of a little humor book called Penguins with People Problems; a writer whose work appears in publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The...

Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for...

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...

Charles Pickering

Charles Pickering

Charles Pickering started practicing law in 1961. He served as Jones County Prosecuting Attorney From 1964 until 1968 and served in the Mississippi State Senate representing Jones County from 1972 1980. After practicing law for 30 years he served as United States District Judge for the...

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce is the author of four books of poems: Danger Days (2020), The Tornado Is the World (2016), The Girls of Peculiar (2012), and Famous Last Words (2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Each of her last three books received the...

Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey is the author and illustrator of the worldwide bestselling series Captain Underpants and Dog Man. He is also the creator of the Caldecott Honor picture book The Paperboy, the California Young Reader Medal-winning Dog Breath, and the Ricky...

Ty Pinkins

Ty Pinkins

Ty Pinkins is truly a “son of the Mississippi Delta.” Born and raised in the small town of Rolling Fork, he is a former Communications Aide to President Barack Obama, and the author of 23 Miles & Running: My American Journey from Chopping Cotton in the Mississippi Delta to...

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...

Christian Pinnen

Christian Pinnen

Christian Pinnen is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Mississippi College. Dr. Pinnen joined MC’s faculty in 2012 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has published articles and book chapters on colonial...

Harriet Pollack

Harriet Pollack

Harriet Pollack, College of Charleston, is the author of Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography: The Body of The Other Woman (2016) and the editor and director of the new UPM series, Critical Perspectives on Eudora Welty. The series inaugural volume, New Essays on Eudora...

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...

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers is the author of The Yellow Birds, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and was a National Book Award Finalist, as well as Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting, a collection of poetry. He was born and raised in Richmond,...

Melissa Pringle

Melissa Pringle

Dr. Melissa Pringle received a Doctorate in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University, a Masters in Environmental Studies from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Millsaps College. She is the Executive Vice President and a...

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...

Brian A. Pugh

Brian A. Pugh

Brian A. Pugh currently serves as executive director of the Stennis Center for Public Service and as adjunct professor at Mississippi State University. Prior to working at the Stennis Center, Pugh worked in state government for over a decade for the Mississippi Department of Finance and...

Michelle Purdy

Michelle Purdy

Michelle A. Purdy is a native Jacksonian. Her book, Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), tells the unknown story about black students who desegregated historically white elite private schools or...

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...

Marshall  Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey

Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. Marshall can often be found in communities across Mississippi, promoting public conversations about the news and inspiring audiences to engage...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich is the author of Losing Earth: A Recent History, which received awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Institute of Physicists and was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award; and the novels King Zeno, Odds...

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,...

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,...

Jeff Roberson

Jeff Roberson

Jeff Roberson, a native of Baldwyn, Mississippi, has spent nearly 30 years as a writer and editor in Oxford, Mississippi, mainly covering Ole Miss sports. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Jeff cowrote Midnight Train with his first cousin, Jim Weatherly. The book reveals...

Lyn Roberts

Lyn Roberts

Lyn Roberts is the general manager of the Square Books family of stores on the historic square in Oxford, Mississippi

James L. Robertson

James L. Robertson

James L. Robertson (“Jimmy”) was born July 30, 1940. A lot of water under the proverbial bridge before he authored Heroes, Rascals and the Law (2019). Jimmy grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, graduating from high school in 1958. He has a B. A. from Ole Miss (1962) and a J. D....

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...

Stuart Rockoff

Stuart Rockoff

Stuart Rockoff received his Ph.D. in US history from the University of Texas at Austin with a special emphasis on immigration and American Jewish history. He has taught several history courses in American and ethnic history at such schools as the University of Texas and Millsaps College and...

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.

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...

Polly Rosenwaike

Polly Rosenwaike

Polly Rosenwaike has published stories, essays, and reviews in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, The New York Times Book Review, Glimmer Train, New England Review, The Millions, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The fiction editor for Michigan Quarterly Review, she lives...

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...

S. J. Rozan

S. J. Rozan

S. J. Rozan has won multiple awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, the Japanese Maltese Falcon, and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. S. J. was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in lower Manhattan. Photo by...

Ellen Hunter Ruffin

Ellen Hunter Ruffin

Ellen Hunter Ruffin is the Curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. Ruffin has been involved with the American Library Association and served on many committees in various roles. Along with the Newbery Committee, Ruffin...

Maurice Carlos  Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, which will be published by One World Random House in August 2021. His first book, We Cast a Shadow, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book...

Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush

2x Grammy winning legend, Blues Hall of Famer, six-time Grammy nominee, and 13-time Blues Music Award winner, and autobiography on its way, Bobby Rush has been making records for nearly 70 years and has more than 400 recordings, 75 career releases, and now 27 studio albums to his name. He...

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...

John Sanders

John Sanders

I am the Serials and Reference Librarian at the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College. I have spent 16 years working in academic and public libraries where I have taught bibliographic instruction to first-year students and led workshops for first-time puppeteers. In my free time, I...

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...

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...

Laura Santhanam

Laura Santhanam

As data producer for the PBS NewsHour, Laura Santhanam uses narrative and numbers to tell stories. She has worked on Emmy-nominated data-driven stories that explored the nation’s opioid crisis and developed polls to tap into national public opinion on the news of the day. She strives to...

Gordy Sauer

Gordy Sauer

Gordy Sauer is a native Texan and transplant Missourian. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA from Clemson University. His writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine and Boulevard, among other places, and he received a 2013 artist’s grant for residency at the Vermont...

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...

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,...

A. Brad Schwartz

A. Brad Schwartz

A. Brad Schwartz is the co-author of Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago (William Morrow, 2018) with Road to Perdition creator Max Allan Collins. Currently a doctoral student in American history at Princeton University, Brad has...

Carrie Seim

Carrie Seim

Carrie is the author of the new acclaimed tween novel HORSE GIRL (Penguin Random House) as well as the bestselling Audible adventure series THE FLYING FLAMINGO SISTERS, which was hailed by the New York Times as a Best Audiobook for Road Trips with Kids. An alum of The Groundlings comedy...

Danielle Sellers

Danielle Sellers

Danielle Sellers is from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the John Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron...

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...

Philip Shirley

Philip Shirley

Philip Shirley writes about a South he knows well, having lived in Alabama, Florida, Texas and Mississippi. His writing career has garnered more than 50 awards for fiction, poetry, speeches and feature articles. During the years he spent researching and writing The Graceland Conspiracy, he...

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...