Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

October 12-14, 2018




Tom Adkinson

100 Things to Do in Nashville Before You Die
Tom Adkinson, a Marco Polo member of the Society of American Travel Writers, has filed stories from around the world and especially enjoys writing about his home city. He was assistant travel editor at Southern Living magazine early in his career, worked for many years for the entertainment conglomerate that created the Grand Ole Opry, and has written stories for magazines and newspapers throughout the United States. Travel and storytelling are in his blood.

Lindsey Alexander

Rodeo in Reverse
Lindsey Alexander is a Kentuckian who lives in East Tennessee with her husband and dog. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University. Her poems have appeared on and in Crazyhorse, Waxwing, The Southern Review, GRIST, and other publications. A poem she wrote won the 2015 Devil's Lake Driftless Prize, and in 2014, she was a scholar in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute "Reconsidering Flannery O'Conner."

Rachael Allen

A Taxonomy of Love
Rachael Allen is the author of 17 First Kisses and The Revenge Playbook. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs.

David Arnold

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland, and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Loka Ashwood

For-Profit Democracy: Why the Government is Losing the Trust of Rural Americans
Loka Ashwood is assistant professor in the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University. She is a former award-winning journalist whose work has been published in books and sociological journals.

Lana K.W. Austin

Blood Harmony
Lana K.W. Austin was a finalist for the 2015 James Wright Poetry Award. Her poems, interviews and fiction pieces have recently been featured or are forthcoming in such journals as Mid-American Review,The Writer's Chronicle, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Zone 3,The Pinch,Sou’westerAppalachian Heritage, and The New Guard. Also a journalist, she has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Austin has an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University.

James A. Autry

Mississippi: Nights Under a Tin Roof and Life After Mississippi
James A. Autry is the former editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens. He lives in Des Moines after serving as head of magazine publishing for the Meredith Corporation.

Edward L. Ayers

The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America
Edward L. Ayers is the author of the Bancroft Prize–winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies and other works of history honored as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.

Beth Bachmann

Beth Bachmann's first book, Temper, was selected by Lynn Emanuel as winner of the AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and Tin House, among other journals. She teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.

Radley Balko

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
Radley Balko is an investigative journalist and reporter at the Washington Post. He currently writes and edits The Watch, a reported opinion blog that covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system. He is the author of the 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces, which has won widespread acclaim, including from the Economist, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and was named one of the best investigative journalism books of the year by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.

KB Ballentine

Gathering Stones
KB Ballentine’s fifth collection, Almost Everything, Almost Nothing, was published in 2017 by Middle Creek Publishing. Two collections, The Perfume of Leaving and What Comes of Waiting, won the 2016 and 2013 Blue Light Press Book Awards. Published in many print and online journals, her work also appears in In Plein Air, Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century, Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee and Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets.

Eric Barnes

The City Where We Once Lived
Eric Barnes is the author of two previous novels and has published more than forty short stories in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, the Literary Review and other publications. By day, he is a publisher of newspapers in Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga that cover business, politics, the arts, and more. On Fridays, he hosts a news talk show on his local PBS station. He lives in Memphis.

Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate
Tracy Barrett is the author of numerous acclaimed and award-winning books for young readers. She lives in Nashville.

Laura Geringer Bass

The Girl With More Than One Heart
Laura Geringer Bass is the author of many books for children including A Three Hat Day, an ALA Notable Book and Sign of the Qin, an ALA Best Book as well as the Myth Men series, adapted by CBS as an animated TV show. As publisher of the award-winning Laura Geringer Books, an imprint of HarperColllins Publishers for over twenty years, she collaborated with many celebrated authors and illustrators in the field of children’s books. She is a mentor for Girls Write Now, for Prison Writes serving teens at risk, and for the graduate Fellowship program in Children’s Literature at Stonybrook/Southhampton, as well as a faculty member of New York Writer’s Workshop. She serves on the advisory board of First Book, a non-profit organization that has delivered over 180 million books into the hands of children in need.

Alex Beard

The Lying King
Alex Beard is a painter and author who has emerged as one of his generation's most creative and successful artists. Alex studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and participated in the New York Studio School's Drawing Marathon. A firm believer that art is a medium that should be accessible to everyone, Alex uses uncommon avenues to share the creative experience with people of all ages. Through his unique combination of storytelling and art activities, Alex has had the opportunity to draw, paint, and talk about art with tens of thousands of children. He and his family live in New Orleans where he owns the Alex Beard Studio in the French Quarter.

Kelly J. Beard

An Imperfect Rapture
Kelly J. Beard has worked as a political organizer and as Assistant to the Secretary of the National Organization of Women. She practiced employment discrimination law in the Atlanta area for two decades. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work appears in the Santa Ana Review, Five Points, the Bacopa Literary Review and other journals.

Kate Beasley

Lions and Liars
Kate Beasley holds a master's in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, Gertie's Leap to Greatness, was a Junior Library Guild selection, an Indies Introduce Selection, and a multi-region Indie Bestseller. The New York Times Book Review called it "breathlessly, effortlessly fun." Kate lives with her family in Claxton, Georgia, with two dogs, one parrot, lots of cows, and a cat named Edgar.

Kimberly Belle

Three Days Missing
Kimberly Belle is the bestselling author of four novels: The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, The Marriage Lie, and Little Boy Lost. Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, has been translated into a dozen languages and was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before turning to writing fiction. She lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and currently divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Madison Smartt Bell

Behind the Moon
Madison Smartt Bell is best known for his trilogy of novels about Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution, including All Soul's Rising, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award. He is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, and is a professor of English at Goucher College.

Lou Berney

November Road: A Novel
Lou Berney is the author of three previous novels, Gutshot Straight, Whiplash River, and multiple prize-winning The Long and Faraway Gone. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Richard Blackett

The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and The Politics of Slavery
Richard Blackett is the Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is past President of the Association of Caribbean Historians, Associated Editor and Acting Editor of the Journal of American History, and editor of the Indiana Magazine of History. He is the author of several books.

David Blight

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
David Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

Alice Bolin

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession
Alice Bolin's nonfiction has appeared in many publications including ELLE, the Awl, the LA Review of Books, Salon, VICE's Broadly, The Paris Review Daily, and The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog. She currently teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis.

Higgins Bond

Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away
Higgins Bond is a children's illustrator based in Nashville.

Dave Boucher

The Tennessean
Dave Boucher aims to balance the public initiatives that affect all Tennesseans with the colorful characters who create them. He takes on The Tennessean investigative reporter position after covering the statehouse in Tennessee and West Virginia, following stops in Western Kentucky and Michigan. His work has routinely appeared in and been cited by national media, and he’s been honored by the West Virginia and Kentucky press associations. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Rick Bragg

The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma's Table
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.

Sonny Brewer

The Lost Country By William Gay
Sonny Brewer is a writer and editor based in Fairhope, Alabama. He is the editor of the Blue Moon Cafe anthology series, and author of the novels The Poet of Tolstoy Park and A Sound Like Thunder. A longtime friend of William Gay, he is editor of Gay's recently released posthumous novel The Lost Country

Molly Brooks

Sanity & Tallulah
Molly Brooks is the illustrator of Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus, and the creator of many comics.  Her illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Time Out New York, The Nashville Scene, The Riverfront Times, The Toast, BUST Magazine, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and others. She spends her spare time watching vintage buddy cop shows and making comics about knitting, hockey, and/or feelings. Molly lives and works in Brooklyn.

Karida L. Brown

Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia
Karida L. Brown is assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kevin Brown

Bringing The Kingdom: Progressive Reflections on Scripture
Kevin Brown is an elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the author of a spiritual memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again, and a book of scholarship, They Love to Tell the Stories: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels. He is also the author of three books of poetry: Liturgical Calendar: Poems; A Lexicon of Lost Words (winner, Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry); and Exit Lines.

Jennifer Brulé

The New Vegetarian South: 105 Inspired Dishes for Everyone
Jennifer Brule, author of Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways, is the executive chef and owner of the flexitarian restaurant Davidson Ice House, in Davidson, North Carolina.

Anne Byrn

American Cookie: The Snaps, Drops, Jumbles, Tea Cakes, Bars & Brownies That We Have Loved for Generations
Anne Byrn is the bestselling author of American Cake and the Cake Mix Doctor and Dinner Doctor cookbook series. Formerly a food editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a graduate of the La Verenne École de Cuisine in Paris, Byrn lives with her family in Nashville.

Katie Cahill

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
Katie Cahill is Associate Director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, director of the
Leadership and Governance Program, and Associate Professor in the
Department of Political Science. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University.

Webb Campbell

Conversations with Will D. Campbell

William Carey

Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: The Human Face of Slavery in Tennessee
Bill Carey co-founded Tennessee History for Kids in November 2004. He worked as a reporter in Nashville through most of the 1990s, and he is the author of six books, among them Fortunes Fiddles and Fried Chicken: A Nashville Business History; Chancellors, Commodores and Coeds: A History of Vanderbilt University; and Leave No One Behind: Hurricane Katrina and the Rescue of Tulane Hospital. He is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, who spent five years as a flight officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1987.

Dana Chamblee Carpenter

Book of the Just: Book Three of the Bohemian Trilogy
Dana Chamblee Carpenter is the award-winning author of short fiction that has appeared in The Arkansas Review, Jersey Devil Press, and Maypop. Her debut novel, Bohemian Gospel, won Killer Nashville’s 2014 Claymore Award. She teaches creative writing and American Literature at a private university in Nashville, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Tucker Carrington

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
Tucker Carrington is the director of the George C. Cochran Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has worked as a criminal defense lawyer for his entire legal career, most of it as a public defender in Washington, D.C.

P.C. Cast

Wind Rider
P.C. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. With more than 20 million copies in print in over 40 countries, her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award,YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award,the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.

Mark Cheathem

The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson
Mark Cheathem is a professor of history at Cumberland University, where he is the project director of the Papers of Martin Van Buren. He is the author of Andrew Jackson, Southerner and Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats.

Alexander Chee

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays
Alexander Chee is the best-selling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Guernica, and Tin House, among others. He is an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Tiana Clark

I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood
Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize, and winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Clark was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Mariah Cole

Mariah Cole is Director of Program Management for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Meharry Medical College. Mariah also serves as the Vice President of the Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee and is committed to the mission of enabling African-Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. She serves on the non-profit boards of Southern Word and Preston Taylor Ministries and is a member of Olive Branch church.

Lee Conell

Subcortical: Stories
Lee Conell has taught for Southern Word, SUNY New Paltz, and Vanderbilt University, where she earned her MFA. Her fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review online, Guernica, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. This is her first book.

Sandy Coomer

Rivers Within Us
Sandy Coomer is a poet, mixed media artist and endurance athlete. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Hypertrophic Literary, Qu Literary Magazine, Now and Then - The Appalachian Magazine, Big Muddy, and Chautauqua. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Continuum and The Presence of Absence, winner of the 2014 Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry. Sandy is a poetry mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program and the founding editor of the online poetry journal Rockvale Review. She lives in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Sarah Hays Coomer

Physical Disobedience: An Unruly Guide to Health and Stamina for The Modern Feminist
Sarah Hays Coomer is a self-proclaimed "diet abolitionist" and lover of all the yummies. She kind of likes to exercise, kind of not. She is a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association; a member of the American College of Sports Medicine; and a certified nutrition and wellness consultant and pre/postnatal fitness specialist with the American Fitness Professionals Association.

Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic
Cressida Cowell is the #1 internationally bestselling author and illustrator of The Wizards of Once and the How to Train Your Dragon series. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland, where she spent her time writing stories, fishing for things to eat, and exploring the island. She now lives in Hammersmith, England, with her husband, three children, and a dog named Pigeon.

Joseph Crespino

Atticus Finch: The Biography
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.

Leesa Cross-Smith

Whiskey and Ribbons: A Novel
Leesa Cross-Smith has been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and Iowa Short Fiction Award. She is the author of the short story collection Every Kiss a War and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hal Crowther

Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners
Hal Crowther is a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Oxford American, Granta, the Independent, the Progressive Populist, and other independent weeklies around the country. He is the author of four books of essays. Crowther is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Lillian Smith Book Award, and the Book of the Year award for essays from Foreword Reviews. He has been named a finalist for the Magazine Award and for the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism and for nonfiction. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, the novelist Lee Smith.

Susan Cushman

Southern Writers on Writing
Susan Cushman was co-director of the 2013 and 2010 Creative Nonfiction Conferences in Oxford, Mississippi, and director of the Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop in 2011. She is author of Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer's and Cherry Bomb, and editor of A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies and journals.

Don Cusic

Nashville Sound: An Illustrated Timeline
Don Cusic is an American biographer, writer on music, and historian of United States American popular music. He is the author of twenty books, most of them related to country music.

David Daniel

Poet David Daniel grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He attended Vanderbilt University and the Johns Hopkins University and earned an MFA from the University of Virginia. His Seven-Star Bird, a collection of poetry, won the Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Daniel has taught at Emerson College in Boston, where he served as editor of Ploughshares. He is the director of undergraduate creative writing at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and founder of the words and music festival WAMFEST, an annual celebration bringing together writers, musicians, and community members.

Kendra Decolo

My Dinner with Ron Jeremy
Kendra Decolo's first book, Thieves in the Afterlife, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and named “Favorite Nashville Poetry Book of 2014” by the Nashville Scene. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is book editor at Muzzle Magazine and guest teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Nashville.

Abigail DeWitt

News of Our Loved Ones
Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels: Lili, Dogs, and News of Our Loved Ones. Her short fiction has appeared in Five Points, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has been cited in Best American Short Stories, nominated for a Pushcart, and has received grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the McColl Center for the Arts, and the Michener Society.

Jen Doll

Unclaimed Baggage
Jen Doll is the author of the debut young adult novel, Unclaimed Baggage. She's written for The Atlantic, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, GQ, New York Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Vice, The Village Voice, The Week, and many other publications. She grew up in Alabama and lives in Brooklyn.

Michael D. Doubler

Dixie Dewdrop: The Uncle Dave Macon Story
Michael D. Doubler is the great grandson of Uncle Dave Macon. His books include Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944-45 and Civilian in Peace, Soldier in War: The Army National Guard 1636-2000.

Stephanie Dugger

Either Way, You're Done
Stephanie Dugger is the author of Either Way, You’re Done. Her chapbook Sterling was co-winner of the 2014 Vella Chapbook contest. Her work has appeared in The Boiler Journal, Gulf Stream, Heron Tree, Meridian, The Southeast Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and other journals. She is an assistant professor at Austin Peay State University and is Assistant Poetry Editor for Zone 3 Press.

Helene Dunbar

Helene Dunbar is the author of two previous novels, These Gentle Wounds and What Remains. Over the years, she's worked as a drama critic, journalist and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter, and exists on a steady diet of readers' tears.

Alice Faye Duncan

Memphis, Martin,and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
Alice Faye Duncan is the author of multiple children's books, including Honey Baby Sugar Child, which received an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Literary Work for Children.

Susan Eaddy

Poppy's Best Babies
Susan Eaddy loves crafting with her twin granddaughters and making up silly nicknames for them. But she doesn't ride a motorcycle! Susan is a clay artist who sculpts illustrations for magazines and children's books. Susan lives in Nashville with her husband and countless critters made of clay.

J.T. Ellison

Tear Me Apart
J.T. Ellison is a New York Times bestselling author who writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

Lyndsay Ely

Gunslinger Girl
Lyndsay Ely is a writer and creative professional who currently calls Boston home. She is a geek, a foodie, and has never met an antique shop she didn't like. Gunslinger Girl is her debut novel.

Blas Falconer

Forgive the Body This Failure
Blas Falconer is the author of two poetry collections, The Foundling Wheel and A Question of Gravity and Light, and a coeditor of two essay collections, The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity and Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. He has received numerous awards and his poems have appeared in various literary journals. He is the poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review and teaches in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University and lives in Los Angeles.

Chanda Feldman

Approaching the Fields: Poems
Chanda Feldman's work has appeared in numerous journals including Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, New South, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. A former Wallace E. Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Feldman has garnered awards and fellowships from the Broad Loaf Writers' Conference, the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jeremy Finley

The Darkest Time of Night
Jeremy Finley's investigative reporting has resulted in criminal convictions, legislative hearings before the U.S. Congress, the payout of more than a million dollars to scam victims, and the discovery of missing girls. The recipient of more than sixteen Emmys and Edward R. Murrow awards, he's also received a national certificate from Investigative Reporters and Editors. In 2016, he was named the journalist of the year by the Tennessee Associated Press. He is the chief investigative reporter at the NBC affiliate in Nashville, where he lives with his wife and daughters.

Tessa Fontaine

The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts
Tessa Fontaine’s writing has appeared in PANK, Seneca Review, The Rumpus, Sideshow World, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is working on a PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah. She also eats fire and charms snakes, among other sideshow feats. She lives in South Carolina.

Ben Fountain

Beautiful Country Burn Again: An Election, A Rebellion, and the Next American Revolution
Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Billy Lynn was adapted into a feature film directed by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee, and his work has been translated into over twenty languages. His series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was subsequently nominated by the editors of The Guardian for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife of 32 years, Sharon Fountain.

Rebecca Morgan Frank

Sometimes We're All Living in a Foreign Country
Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country  and The Spokes of Venus, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Little Murders Everywhere, a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Guernica, and elsewhere. She is co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Memorious, and in Spring 2019 she will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University.

Marla Frazee

Little Brown
was awarded a Caldecott Honor for All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Picture Book for her wordless book The Farmer and the Clown. She is the author-illustrator of many books, including The Boss Baby, the book that inspired the DreamWorks Animation film Boss Baby. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant; Stars by Mary Lyn Ray; and Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers. She is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Clementine chapter book series by Sara Pennypacker. The mother of three grown sons, she lives in Pasadena, California.

Joanne Freeman

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Joanne Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is a leading authority on early national politics and political culture. The author of the award-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic and editor of The Essential Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton: Writings, she is a cohost of the popular history podcast BackStory.

Frye Gaillard

A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility and Innocence Lost
Frye Gaillard is a writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and John Egerton Scholar in Residence at the Southern Foodways Alliance at The University of Mississippi. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Go South to Freedom, Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters, and The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir. Gaillard is the winner of the Lillian Smith Award, the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction, and most recently, the 2016 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship.

John Geer

John G. Geer is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. Geer earned his PhD from Princeton University, securing his BA from Franklin and Marshall College. Geer has published five books and more than 20 articles on presidential politics and elections, and recently served as Editor of The Journal of Politics (2005-2009). His most recent book is In Defense of Negativity: Attacks Ads in Presidential Campaigns published by the University of Chicago Press, which won the Goldsmith Book prize from Harvard University. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nation wide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, and NPR.  Geer is currently working on a series of projects that looks at the news media's coverage of attack advertising and how negativity may help voters make better choices.

CANCELED: Dan Gemeinhart

Good Dog
Dan Gemeinhart is the author of several acclaimed books for young readers. His first novel, The Honest Truth, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and an Indie Next selection. His novel Scar Island was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. A former teacher-librarian, he lives with his wife and three daughters in Washington state.

Virginia Gilbert

That Other Brightness
Virginia Gilbert, graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the 2001 Alabama Poet of the Year and is the recipient of a 2006 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to China. She has taught English in Iran, from which she was evacuated in 1979, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea. Her books include That Other Brightness, The Earth Above, and Greatest Hits.

Robert Gipe

Weedeater: An Illustrated Novel
Robert Gipe lives in Harlan, Kentucky, and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. His fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Still, Motif, and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel.

Malcolm Glass

Mirrors, Myths, and Dreams
A Fulbright Scholar, Malcolm Glass has published poetry, fction, non-fction, and drama. His poems have appeared in many journals, including 'Poetry', 'Nimrod,' 'The Sewanee Review,' 'High Plains Literary Review,' 'The Laurel Review,' and 'Prairie Schooner.' He is a retired professor of creative writing and former editor for 'Zone 3' and 'Cumberland Poetry Review.' Glass has published seven books of poetry and several books on the craft of writing.

Phyllis Gobbell

Treachery in Tuscany
Phyllis Gobbell writes a little bit of everything, books, short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She has received awards in both fiction and nonfiction, including Tennessee's Individual Artist Literary Award. She is an associate professor of English at Nashville State Community College, where she teaches writing and literature.

Deborah Gold

Counting Down: A Memoir of Foster Parenting and Beyond
Deborah Gold is the pseudonym of a teacher, writer, and former foster parent. Licensed as foster parents for fifteen years, she and her husband eventually gained custody of two siblings.

Glen David Gold

I Will Be Complete: A Memoir
Glen David Gold is the author of Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which has been translated into fourteen languages. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Playboy, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

Elliott Gorn

Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till
Elliott Gorn is Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History at Loyola University Chicago. He is author of several books, including Dillinger's Wild Ride: The Year that Made America's Public Enemy Number One.

Sanya Whittaker Gragg

Daddy, Did You Hear the News?
Sanya Whittaker Gragg has always had a passion for working with and inspiring kids. She holds degrees from the University of Memphis (B.A. Marketing), Georgia State University (M.S. Sports Administration) and the University of Southern California (M.S.W.). She has worn many hats, including nearly 10 years in marketing/PR and athletics, served on the board for a homeless shelter and advocated in the courts for foster children.Her work in the community prompted her to pursue her Master's degree in Social Work which led to her working in Tulsa Public Schools as a school based therapist and social worker. Raising two black sons (now young adults) inspired her to write her debut children’s book on interacting with police while her follow up title addresses bullying and self empowerment.

Cliff Graubart

The Curious Vision of Sammy Levitt
Cliff Graubart was born and raised in New York City. He attended the University of Toledo and is a graduate of Georgia State University. He has boxed in the Golden Gloves, sold furs in Manhattan in his father s store, and once parachuted out of a perfectly good airplane in celebration of his fortieth birthday. All this is material for his short stories which have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Magazine, Goodlife Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and the Atlanta Gazette. Graubart is owner of the Old New York Book Shop and lives in Atlanta with his wife Cynthia and children, Norman and Rachel. This is his first book.

Cynthia Graubart

Sunday Suppers: Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings
Cynthia Graubart is a James Beard Award–winning cookbook author. She also wrote the Sunday Suppers column in Southern Living magazine. She travels the South inspiring cooks through her appearances on radio and television and her popular cooking classes. She lives in Atlanta.

Jesse Graves

Specter Mountain: Poems
Jesse Graves is the author of two previous poetry collections, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine and Basin Ghosts. He received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and serves as poet-in-residence at East Tennessee State University.

Tommy Greenwald

Game Changer
Tommy Greenwald is the author of many books for children, including the Crimebiters! and Charlie Joe Jackson series. Greenwald is also the cofounder of SpotCo Advertising and the lyricist and co-writer (with Andrew Lippa) of John & Jen, an off-Broadway musical and book.

Mike Gunter

Tales of An Ecotourist: What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us About Climate Change
Mike Gunter is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College, where he serves as Professor and Chair of the Political Science department and Director of International Affairs in the Holt School. He is the author of Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity.

Ryan Guth

Home Truths
Ryan Guth has lived in Jackson, Tennessee since 2002, where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Jackson State Community College. He last appeared at the Southern Festival of Books in 2015 with his mixed-genre novel Body and Soul (Lummox Press, 2015). Poems from his current project, Livings – a mixed-genre novel focussing on home life in the famous Brontë family – have been published in Miramar and the Bronte Society Gazette. He has also published in such journals as Iron Horse, River City, Solo, andThird Coast Review, and is listed in the Poets and Writers’ Directory of Writers. He lives in Jackson with his wife Elizabeth.

Jo Watson Hackl

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe
Jo Watson Hackl was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, not far from Ocean Springs, where her favorite artist, Walter Anderson, lived and once painted a secret room. When Jo was eleven, she moved to a real-life ghost town, Electric Mills, Mississippi, and spent the rest of her childhood exploring the woods and encountering signs of the former inhabitants. Mr. Anderson's secret room and the ghost town were Jo's inspiration for this debut novel. Jo lives with her family in Greenville, South Carolina, where she raises fruits, vegetables, and many, many weeds.

Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8
Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, which includes One Dead Spy; Donner Dinner Party; Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood; Big Bad Ironclad!; Alamo All-Stars; and The Underground Abductor, one of which earned a place on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. He also illustrated the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge, which was a TODAY show “Al’s Book Club for Kids” selection, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, as well as the recipient of three starred reviews. Nathan lives in Orem, Utah.

Thomas Hansell

After Coal: Stories of Survival in Appalachia and Wales
Thomas Hansell is an award-winning filmmaker and installation artist who lives and works in the Appalachian mountains. Hansell has taught community media workshops in throughout the U.S as well as in China and Indonesia. He currently teaches at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and has twenty years experience at the Appalshop media arts center in Whitesburg, Kentucky working with students and adults to create media about their communities.

Brantley Hargrove

The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras
Brantley Hargrove is a journalist who has written for Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Texas Monthly. He’s gone inside the effort to reverse-engineer super-tornadoes using supercomputers and has chased violent storms from the Great Plains down to the Texas coast. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Renee, and their two cats.

Joel Harrington

Dangerous Mystic: Meister Eckhart's Path to the God Within
Joel F. Harrington is Centennial Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author or editor of six books on the social and religious history of pre-modern Germany, including The Faithful Executioner, which has been translated into twelve languages. He lives with his family in Nashville.

Steve Haruch

People only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley
Steve Haruch is a writer, editor and filmmaker based in Nashville. His work has appeared in the Nashville Scene, The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR's Code Switch and elsewhere. He is marketing and communications manager at Parnassus Books, and is currently producing a documentary film about the history of college radio.

Jennifer Haupt

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills
Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006, twelve years after the genocide that wiped out over one million people, to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. She spent a month interviewing survivors and humanitarian aid workers, and returned to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel. Haupt's essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, The Sun and many other publications.

Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins is the author of Ruby and Olivia, Journey's End, the Rebel Belle series, and the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series. Born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, Rachel taught high school English before becoming a full-time writer.

John Hendrix

The Faithful Spy
John Hendrix is the illustrator of Nurse, Soldier, Spy and author/illustrator of Shooting at the Stars, among others. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Monica Hesse

The War Outside
Monica Hesse is the bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat and American Fire, as well as a journalist with The Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

Marc Hetherington

Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America's Great Divide
Marc Hetherington is the Raymond Dawson Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of three previous books, including Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics (co-authored with Jonathan Weiler) and Why Washington Won’t Work:Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis (with Thomas J. Rudolph), which won the Alexander George Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. Also winner of the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association, he and his work have been widely cited in mainstream media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Lynne Hinton

The View From Here
Lynne Hinton is the author of 20 novels. She is also an ordained Church of Christ minister.

Renee Hodges

Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community
Although her Louisiana roots run deep, Renee Hodges and her husband have called North Carolina home for the past thirty years. Hodges has worked as a campaign manager for a winning candidate for the Texas State House of Representatives; front deskperson at a ski resort; and volunteer recruiter and registration head during a presidential campaign in New York City. She also cowrote and self-published The Best Kept Secrets series of guides in the 1980s. Settling into motherhood and raising a family has been her most satisfying work, however, and today she is a wife, mother of three, writer, investor, community volunteer, and avid tennis player.

Eve Hoffman

Memory and Complicity:Poems
Eve Hoffman loves dirt roads and Guernsey cream. She's been honored by her alma mater Smith College as a "Remarkable Woman" and by Georgia Trend as one of a hundred influential people in the state. Her previous books include poetry chapbooks RED CLAY and SHE and interviews of twenty-one models impacted by breast cancer, which accompany Sal Brownfield's paintings in A CELEBRATION OF HEALING.

JM Holmes

How Are You Going to Save Yourself?
JM Holmes was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. He won the Burnett Howe Prize for fiction at Amherst College, and received fellowships to the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. He has worked in educational outreach in Iowa, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He lives in Milwaukee and is currently at work on a novel.

Kim Hooper

Cherry Blossoms: A Novel
Kim Hooper is the author of People Who Knew Me, hailed as "refreshingly raw and honest" by the Wall Street Journal. This is her second novel. She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and a collection of pets.

Graham Hoppe

Gone Dollywood: Dolly Parton's Mountain Dream
Graham Hoppe writes about culture and history with a focus on food and music. He is a graduate of the folklore program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gone Dollywood is his first book. Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Graham currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Silas House

Silas House is the author of five novels, including A Parchment of Leaves. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Hobson Medal for Literature, and other honors.

Dan Hoy

The Deathbed Editions
Dan Hoy is the author of The Deathbed Editions and several poetry chapbooks, including The Terraformers, The Tree, Omegachurch, and Glory Hole. His collection, The Terraformers, is a nominee for the 2018 Elgin Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and his work has been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Triple Canopy, Novembre, Elderly and other magazines and anthologies. He lives in Nashville.

Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Hammering for Freedom
Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the author of a number of nonfiction books for adults and runs the children's book review site Picture Book Depot. While researching her book African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, Hubbard discovered William "Bill" Lewis's story buried in some earlier history books. She was greatly moved by Lewis's love of his family and determination to overcome the odds. Hubbard lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

James Hudnut-Beumler

Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table: Contemporary Christianities in the American South
James Hudnut-Beumler is the Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American religious history at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the author of several books, including In Pursuit of the Almighty's Dollar.

Sara Pirkle Hughes

The Disappearing Act: Poems
Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Georgia native, an identical twin, and a breast cancer survivor. She holds a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. A recipient of writing fellowships from I-Park Foundation, the Anderson Center, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Hughes teaches at the University of Alabama.

Amy Ignatow

Odds & Ends
Amy Ignatow is a cartoonist and the author of the Popularity Papers series of scrapbook-style illustrated novels. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. On rare occasions, she enjoys sleeping.

Kathy Izard

The Hundred Story Home: A Memoir About Finding Faith In Ourselves and Something Bigger
Kathy Izard was an award-winning graphic designer for twenty years in Charlotte before launching the pilot program Homeless to Homes for the Urban Ministry Center in 2007. She successfully demonstrated this Housing First program could succeed and led the city-wide effort to build Moore Place which now houses over one hundred chronically homeless men and women. Kathy has written about her path to finding faith and a calling in The Hundred Story Home, which received a 2017 Christopher Award. Her community work has also earned the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Local Hero Award and the NC Housing Volunteer of the Year Award. Kathy, her husband and four daughters have made Charlotte, N.C. their home for over thirty years.

Jeff Jackson

Destroy All Monsters
Jeff Jackson is the author of Mira Corpora, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, and The Collagist, and five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award–winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company in New York City.

Caleb Johnson

Tree Borne: A Novel
Caleb Johnson grew up in the rural community of Arley, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He was awarded a Jentel Writing Residency after he received his MFA from the University of Wyoming. Caleb has worked as a newspaper reporter, a janitor, a butcher, and an arts administrator, among other jobs. Currently, he lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches while working on his next novel.

Craig Johnson

Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery
Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, and his novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

Tayari Jones

An American Marriage: A Novel
Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she is a professor of creative writing at Emory University.

Jim Jordan

The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade
Jim Jordan is an author and historian living in South Carolina. He is the author of the novels Savannah Grey:A Tale of Savannah and Georgia and Penny Savannah: A Tale of Civil War Georgia.

RIver Jordan

Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit
River Jordan's writing career began as a playwright where she spent more than ten years with the Loblolly Theater Group. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels. She speaks and teaches around the country and produces and hosts her own radio show from Nashville, Tennessee, where she and her husband live.

Marilyn Kallet

How Our Bodies Learned
Marilyn Kallet is the author of 17 previous books, including The Love That Moves Me and Packing Light: New and Selected Poems. Dr. Kallet is Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. She leads poetry workshops every year for VCCA-France in Auvillar. She has performed her poems on campuses and in theaters across the United States as well as in France and Poland, as a guest of the U.S. Embassy's “America Presents” program. She is the Poet Laureate of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Britteney Black Rose Kapri

Black Queer Hoe
Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a Chicago performance poet and playwright. Currently she is an alumna turned Teaching Artist Fellow at Young Chicago Authors. She is also contributer for Black Nerd Problems and Pink Door Retreat Fellow. She is a 2015 Rona Jaffe Writers Award Recipient.

CANCELED: Rebecca Kauffman

The Gunners: A Novel
Rebecca Kauffman is originally from rural northeastern Ohio. She received her B.A. in classical violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and her M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University. She currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.She is also the author of Another Place You've Never Been, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize.

Kathleen Kaufman

Hag: A Novel
Kathleen Kaufman is a native Coloradan and long-time resident of Los Angeles. She is a University if Southern California alum, teaches high school English, and is a writing and composition adjunct professor at Santa Monica College. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, terrier, and a packet of cats. This is her third novel.

Jennifer Kavanagh

Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life
Jennifer Kavanagh is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and associate director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in RAND's Arroyo Center. Her research focuses on U.S. political institutions, political communication, public opinion, and their implications for U.S. foreign and domestic policy. She also studies defense strategy and planning and military force posture.  Kavanagh is a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and a minor in the Russian language. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and Public Policy at University of Michigan.

Nancy Ellen Kensy

Nancy Ellen Kensy is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has created a large collection of artworks over the years using a variety of media. Her unique specialty is working with a mineral called mica in abstract paintings since the mid-1970s. In late 2014 she began a new phase in her career using mica in a variety of angel paintings. Her website is and in Winter Song, she uses her pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic painting modalities in the tandem process of illustrating the written text by Carole Brown Knuth. She may be reached via email at or

Adib Khorram

Darius the Great is Not Okay
Adib Khorram is an author, a graphic designer, and a tea enthusiast. If he's not writing (or at his day job), you can probably find him trying to get his 100 yard Freestyle (SCY) under a minute, or learning to do a Lutz Jump. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri. This is his first novel.

Ronald Kidd

Lord of the Mountain
Ronald Kidd is the author of 13 novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Night on Fire and Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial. His novels of adventure, comedy, and mystery have received the Children’s Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He is a two-time O’Neill playwright who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kim Brooks

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear
Kim Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, The Missouri Review, and other journals, and her essays have appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, New York magazine, LennyLetter, and on WNYC's Note to Self. Her novel, The Houseguest, was published in 2016. Kim Brooks lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.

Patti Kim

I'm OK
Born in Busan, Korea, Patti Kim immigrated to the United States on Christmas, 1974. Convinced at the age of five that she was a writer, she scribbled gibberish all over the pages of her mother’s Korean-English dictionary and got in big trouble for it. But that didn’t stop her from writing. The author of A Cab Called Reliable, Here I Am, and I’m Ok, Patti lives in University Park, Maryland, with her husband, two daughters, and a ferocious terrier.

Terry Klefstad

Crooked River City: The Musical Life of Nashville's William Pursell (American Made Music Series)
Terry Wait Klefstad, Nashville, Tennessee, is associate professor of music at Belmont University. She has written on the music of Béla Bartók and Dmitri Shostakovich. A pianist by training, she specializes in music history of the twentieth century.

Michael Koryta

How It Happened
Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. His previous novels--including Last Words, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and So Cold the River--were New York Times notable books, national bestsellers, and have been nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Koryta is a former private investigator and newspaper reporter. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and Camden, Maine.

Bridget Kurt

Uncommon Grace: The Life of Flannery O'Conner (film)
 A lifelong literature junkie, it wasn't until Bridget moved to Atlanta that she began developing a particular admiration for Georgia native Flannery O'Connor. That growing interest led her to produce and direct “Uncommon Grace”, the first ever documentary on the life of this celebrated short story writer and novelist.

Dewey Lambdin

An Onshore Storm: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures)
Dewey Lambdin is the author of twenty-three previous Alan Lewrie novels. A member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Friend of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, he spends his free time working and sailing. He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, but would much prefer Margaritaville or Murrells Inlet.

Sandra Gail Lambert

A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir
Sandra Gail Lambert is a writer of both fiction and memoir. She is the author of The River's Memory. She was awarded an NEA fellowship based on an excerpt from "A Certain Loneliness."

Ariel Lawhon

I Was Anastasia: A Novel
Ariel Lawhon is cofounder of the popular website A novelist, blogger, and lifelong reader, she lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville with her husband, four sons, and black lab--who is, thankfully, a girl.

Kiese Laymon

Heavy: An American Memoir
Kiese Laymon, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel, Long Division, and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

Meg Leder

Letting Go of Gravity
A former bookseller and teacher, Meg Leder currently works as a book editor in New York City. Her role models are Harriet the Spy and Anne Shirley. She is the author of Letting Go of Gravity, The Museum of Heartbreak, the coauthor of The Happy Book, and spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sarah Nicole Lemon

Valley Girls
Born and raised in the Appalachians, Sarah Nicole Lemon now lives and writes in her home in southern Maryland. She is also the author of Done Dirt Cheap.

Marjorie Herrera Lewis

When the Men Were Gone
Marjorie Herrera Lewis knew early on she wanted a career related to sports. After several years at small newspapers, at age twenty-seven she began writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soon after, she was named a beat writer covering the Dallas Cowboys. She later joined The Dallas Morning News sportswriting staff. While writing When the Men Were Gone, she became inspired to try her hand at coaching football herself and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff in December 2016. She is married and has two grown daughters and one son-in-law.

Bryanna Licciardi

Skin Splitting:Poems
Bryanna Licciardi has received her MFA in poetry and is currently pursuing a PhD in literacy studies. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has had work apear in such journals as Poetry Quarterly, BlazeVOX, 491 Magazine, Adirondack Review, and Cleaver magazine.

Ed Lin

99 Ways to Die
Ed Lin is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He’s the author of several books: in the Taipei Night Market series, Ghost Month and Incensed; his literary debut, Waylaid; and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown: This Is a Bust, Snakes Can’t Run, and One Red Bastard. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Lin lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.

John Lingan

Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend,and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk
John Lingan has written for the Oxford American, Atlantic, BuzzFeed, the Baffler, Slate, the New Republic, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other places. He lives in Maryland. He spent four years reporting and writing Homeplace, his first book.

Alex London

Black Wings Beating
Alex London is the beloved author of the middle-grade series, Tides of War, Dog Tags, and The Wild Ones. His young-adult novel Proxy, was an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and was included in their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults List, the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the TAYSHAS Reading List selection, among many other state reading lists. He lives in Philadelphia.

Jane Lorenzini

After the Rain
Jane Lorenzini is a freelance writer and New York Times best-selling author. In 2010, she ghost wrote Hoda Kotb’s autobiography, Hoda - How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. Degrees in telecommunications and film and journalism launched Jane into a fifteen-year career as a television news anchor and reporter. Born and raised outside of Buffalo, New York, Jane has lived and worked in California, Arizona, and Florida. She now lives in Nashville.

Arthur Lupia

Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It
Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He serves on advisory boards for several science communication endeavors, including the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academy of Science and Climate Central. He is also Chair of the American Political Science Association Task Force on Improving Public Engagement.

Perre Magness

Southern Snacks: 77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavor
Perre Magness is the author of Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook and The Southern Sympathy Cookbook

Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries: A Memoir
Terese Marie Mailhot graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an M.F.A. in fiction. Mailhot’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Times, Carve Magazine, The Offing, The Toast, Yellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. She was recently named the Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University and resides in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Inman Majors

Penelope Lemon: Game On!
Inman Majors is the author of the novels Love’s Winning Plays, The Millionaires, Wonderdog, and Swimming in Sky. He is the Roop Distinguished Professor of English at James Madison University. He lives with his wife and their two teenage children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kumiko Makihara

Dear Diary Boy
Kumiko Makihara writes about her impressions of life in Japan and the United States, two countries she has been traveling back and forth between for most of her life. Her columns have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times Magazine and Newsweek, as well as in the books Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works and Tsunami: Japan’s Post Fukushima Future.

Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers
Rebecca Makkai is the author of The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, and Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Harper's, and Tin House, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Kerri Maniscalco

Escaping from Houdini
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life's finer points with her cats. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula.

Lee Martin

The Mutual UFO Network
Lee Martin is the author of eight books, including The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper's, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He is also director of the MFA Program at The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Bobbie Ann Mason

Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader
Bobbie Ann Mason is best known for Shiloh and Other Stories and the novels In Country and The Girl in the Blue Béret. Her many awards include the PEN/Hemingway Award; the Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Southern Book Critics Circle Award; and the Kentucky Book Award. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Lisa Maxwell

The Devil's Thief (The Last Magician)
Lisa Maxwell is the author of the Last Magician series and Unhooked. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She’s worked as a teacher, scholar, editor, writer, and bookseller (at Little Professor Book Center in Alabama). When she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons.

Stacy McAnulty

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Stacy McAnulty is the author of many books for young readers, including chapter book series The Dino Files and GoldieBlox and picture books including Excellent Ed, 101 Reasons Why I'm NOT Taking a Bath, and Beautiful. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is her middle-grade debut. A former mechanical engineer, Stacy writes about math and science with authority.

Jason McCall

Two-Face God
Jason McCall is an Alabama native, currently teaching at the University of North Alabama. He holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and his collections include Two-Face God; Dear Hero, winner of the 2012 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize; and I Can Explain. He and P.J. Williams are the editors of It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop.

Bren McClain

One Good Mama Bone
Bren McClain is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. McClain won the 2016 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress for Took and was a finalist in the 2012 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Award for One Good Mama Bone. This is her first novel.

Shanda McCloskey

Doll-E 1.0
Shanda McCloskey (rhymes with panda) comes from a whole family of different kinds of artists! She studied art in Atlanta and New York City. But before writing and illustrating kids books, she taught art to high-schoolers. Shanda is the mama of two young girls and the wife of a cute web developer. DOLL-E 1.0 is her very first book about robots or anything for that matter.

Thomas McConnell

The Wooden King: A Novel
Thomas McConnell's work has appeared in the Connecticut Review, the Cortland Review and Shenandoah, among other publications. He has received the South Carolina Academy of Authors Fiction Fellowship, the Hackney National Literary Award for the Short Story, and his story collection A Picture Book of Hell and Other Landscapes was published by Texas Tech University Press. He teaches English at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Bernice L. McFadden

Praise Song for the Butterflies
Bernice L McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors' Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), Glorious, and The Book of Harlan (winner of a 2017 American Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction). She is a four-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA.

L.L. McKinney

A Blade so Black
L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. She’s also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan. A Blade So Black is her debut novel.

Anna-Marie McLemore

Blanca and Roja
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and grew up hearing la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. She is the author of William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist The Weight of Feathers, Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, and Wild Beauty

James Miller

Can Democracy Work?
James Miller is a professor of politics and liberal studies at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche; Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947–1977; and Democracy Is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago.

Harry L. Moore

Bearing The Farm Away
Harry L. Moore holds a master's degree in geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since 1972 he has been a geologist at the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Lorrie Moore

See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary
Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the recipient of the Irish Times International Prize for Literature, a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Nashville.

Wayétu Moore

She Would Be King
Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.

Mike Mullin

Surface Tension
Mike Mullin lives in Danville, Indiana with his wife and her three cats. His debut novel, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.

Finn Murphy

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tale of Life on the Road
Finn Murphy grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Colorado. He started working as a long-haul trucker in 1980. This is his first book.

James Mustich

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List
James Mustich began his career in bookselling in the early 1980s at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York. In 1986, he co-founded the acclaimed book catalog, A Common Reader, and was for two decades its guiding force. He subsequently has worked as an editorial and product development executive in the publishing industry. He lives with his wife, Margot, in Connecticut.

Dana Nelson

Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States
Dana D. Nelson is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People and National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men.

Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and the ALA’s Alex Award. She is a 2016 NEA fellow, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sarah Rose Nordgren

Darwin's Mother
Sarah Rose Nordgren's poems have appeared in Agni, Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, the Harvard Review, and the Best New Poets anthology. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Christopher Oakley

New South Indians: Tribal Economics and the Eastern Band of Cherokee in the Twentieth Century
Christopher Oakley is an associate professor in the Department of History at East Carolina University. He is the author of Keeping the Circle: American Indian Identity in Eastern North Carolina, 1885-2004, and coauthor, with Theda Perdue, of Native Carolinians: The Indians of North Carolina.

Chris Offutt

Country Dark
Chris Offutt is the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods; the novel The Good Brother; and three memoirs: The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. His work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, among many other places. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations.

José Olivarez

Citizen Illegal
José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is a co-host of the podcast, The Poetry Gods. A winner of fellowships from Poets House, The Bronx Council On The Arts, The Poetry Foundation, and The Conversation Literary Festival, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets and elsewhere. He is the Marketing Manager at Young Chicago Authors.

Kelly Oliver

Jackal; Carceral Humanitarianism: Logics of Refugee Detention
Kelly Oliver is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Her many books include Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media, Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human, Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films, and Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions.

Michael Osborn

Michael Osborn on Metaphor and Style
Michael Osborn is the former president of the National Communication Association and of the Southern States Communication Association. He is a recipient of the NCA's Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, and the Distinguished Research Award from the University of Memphis. He has authored five books.

Nell Irvin Painter

Old in Art School:A Memoir of Starting Over
Nell Irvin Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, which have received widespread attention for their insights into how we have historically viewed and translated ideas of gender, value, hierarchy, and race. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her visual artwork has been shown at numerous galleries and in many collections, including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Gallery Aferro. She lives in Newark, New Jersey and the Adirondacks.

Rae Paris

The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory
Rae Paris is from Carson, California. Her work has been supported by an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Hedgebrook, Hambidge Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts and VONA. She is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Washington.

Adam Parker

Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers, Jr.
Adam Parker earned degrees in music, then spent a decade in the business world before going back to school to earn a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. He taught journalism as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and soon landed a job at The Post and Courier. At the newspaper, he worked as a copy editor, metro editor, general assignment reporter, restaurant critic and religion reporter, arts writer and more. A long-time student of the civil rights movement and race in America, he has written extensively about the African-American experience.

Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton , bestselling author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Southern as a Second Language, and Rush, is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She has over 20 years experience working in the music and entertainment business, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. The proud mother of two sons, Lisa lives in Nashville with her husband and Rosie the perfect Havanese.

Farrah Penn

Twelve Steps to Normal
Farrah Penn was born and raised in a suburb in Texas that's far from the big city, but close enough to Whataburger. She now resides in Los Angeles, with her gremlin dog and succulents. When she's not writing books, she can be found writing things for BuzzFeed and sending texts that contain too many emojis.

Marc Perrusquia

A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement
Marc Perrusquia is a journalist for The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has worked for the past twenty-nine years. He has won numerous national awards for both feature writing and investigative reporting.

Laura Joy Pewitt

Wally, the Wayward Sea Turtle
Laura Joy Pewitt earned her BS and MS degrees in Elementary Education, with emphasis on early childhood development. She has more than twenty-five years as an educator and a parent. She lives near Nashville.

Betsy Phillips

The Wolf's Bane
Betsy Phillips's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Apex Magazine. She is the author of A City of Ghosts and The Wolf's Bane. She writes about history and politics for the Nashville Scene and, occasionally, in the Washington Post. Her short collection, Jesus, Crawdad, Death is forthcoming from Third Man Books. She is currently working on an afghan.

Hannah Pittard

Visible Empire
Hannah Pittard was born in Atlanta. She is the author of four novels, including Listen to Me and The Fates Will Find Their Way. Her work has appeared in the Sewanee Review, the New York Times, and other publications. She is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.

Deborah G. Plant

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave
Deborah G. Plant is associate professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Andy Plattner

Dixie Luck: Stories and the novella Terminal
Andy Plattner is a graduate of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A former horse racing journalist, he has published four other books, including the Flannery O'Connor Award winning story collection, Winter Money. He has taught fiction writing at University of Southern Mississippi, Kennesaw State University, Emory University, and the University of Tampa.

James Ponti

Trapped! (Framed!)
James Ponti was born in Italy, raised in Florida, and went to college in California. After receiving a degree in screenwriting from the USC Film School, he began a career writing and producing television shows for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike TV, History Channel, and Golf Channel. James loves writing, travel, and the Boston Red Sox. He lives with his family in Maitland, Florida.

Ellen Potter

Bigfoot and Little Foot #2
Ellen Potter is the award-winning author of many books for children, including the Olivia Kidney series, Slob, The Kneebone Boy, and most recently, the Piper Green series. She lives in Maine.

Douglas Reichert Powell

Endless Caverns: An Underground Journey into the Show Caves of Appalachia
Douglas Reichert Powell is associate professor of English at Columbia College Chicago and author of Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape.

Kevin Powers

A Shout in the Ruins
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, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar.

Kathleen Purvis

Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors and the People Who Make Them
Kathleen Purvis is food editor of the Charlotte Observer and a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Association of Food Journalists, and the James Beard Foundation.

Jamie Quatro

Fire Sermon
Jamie Quatro is the author of I Want To Show You More. She is a visiting professor in the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program, a contributing editor at Oxford American, and lives with her husband and children in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Niles M. Reddick

Reading The Coffee Grounds
Niles M. Reddick is a professor of English at University of Memphis-Lambuth. His new books are Reading the Coffee Grounds and Drifting far From the Shore.

Scott Reintgen

Nyxia Unleashed
Scott Reintgen is the author of the Nyxia Triad series. His former career as a teacher of English and creative writing in diverse urban communities in North Carolina taught him the difficult lesson that inspiration isn't equally accessible to everyone. So he set out to write a novel for the front-row sleepers and back-row dreamers in his classes. He hopes that his former students see themselves, vibrant and on the page, in characters like Emmett.

Rochelle Riley

The Burden: African-Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery
Rochelle Riley is an award-winning newspaper columnist who is no longer seeking permission to put the burden down. She has helped raise millions of dollars for just causes, especially the fight for adult literacy. She offers commentary on MSNBC and NPR and contributes to Essence and Ebony magazines. She was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016, received the Ida B. Wells award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Northwestern University, and was awarded the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship by the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a global wanderer who has visited twenty-six countries and counting.

Clay Risen

Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland: Includes Profiles, Ratings, and Tasting Notes for More Than 330 Expressions
Clay Risen is an editor at The New York Times, where he has written extensively on whiskey, rum, and other spirits. He has also written for Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. He wrote American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit in 2013. Risen grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two young children.

Emily Rosko

Weather Inventions (Akron Series in Poetry)
Emily Rosko is the author of two previous poetry collections: Prop Rockery, winner of the 2011 Akron Poetry Prize, and Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize. She has been the recipient of the Stegner and Ruth Lilly fellowships. Editor of A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (University of Iowa Press, 2011), she also is the poetry editor for Crazyhorse. She is associate professor of English at the College of Charleston.

Ciona Rouse

Ciona Rouse is a poet living in Nashville, where she teaches poetry workshops and curates many poetry experiences and reading series in the city. She was recently featured in the Nick Cave FEAT. performance at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Her poetry has been acknowledged as "Best Dressed" by Sundress Publications and is featured or forthcoming on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, and Matter and Talking River. Rouse recently won the Literary Death Match at the Southern Festival of Books.

Daryl Sanders

That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound: Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde
Dylan Sanders is a music journalist who has worked for music publications covering Nashville since 1976, including Hank, the Metro, Bone, and the Nashville Musician. He has written about music for The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, City Paper, and the East Nashvillian. In a career that has spanned nearly four decades, Sanders has interviewed many legendary artists, including Frank Zappa, Tom Petty, Joan Baez, Billy Gibbons, and many others.

Shawn Sarles

Shawn Sarles was born and raised in a small town in western Kentucky. After graduating from Wake Forest University, he moved to New York City. He has lived there and worked in the publishing industry for almost a decade. Campfire is his debut novel.

Tammi Sauer

Wordy Birdy
Tammi Sauer is a full-time children’s book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She is the author of twenty-eight picture books, including Wordy Birdy, Cowboy Camp, Chicken Dance, Nugget & Fang, and Princess in Training. In addition to winning awards, Tammi’s books have gone on to do great things: Chicken Dance: The Musical is on a national tour, and Your Alien, an NPR Best Book, has been published in French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish. Tammi and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Dawn Schluckebier

Think Tennessee
Dawn Schluckebier worked in Washington DC as a Principal Associate at the National League of Cities on the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families’ Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment team. She worked closely with city leaders and staff across the country to implement programs and projects designed to improve access to
benefits (e.g. Medicaid and CHIP and federally funded out-of-school
time meal programs) and financial empowerment for their children and

Christopher Schmidt

The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era
Christopher Schmidt is professor of law and associate dean for faculty development at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he also codirects the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a faculty fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Tiffany Schmidt

Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy
Tiffany Schmidt is a former teacher living and creating mischief in Doylestown, PA. Married to St. Matt, mother of impish boys, and chaser of mischievous puggles. She has two contemporary YA novels:Send Me a Signand Bright Before Sunrise; a contemporary thriller series Once Upon a Crime Family, which begins with Hold Me Like a Breathand continues in Break Me Like a Promise; and, her newest series, Bookish Boyfriends.

Debby Schriver

Whispering in the Daylight: the Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom
Debby Schriver has spent her career working with students, parents, and staff in the departments of student life and employee training and development at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades, coauthor, with Jenny Moshak, of Ice ’n’ Go: Score in Sports and Life, and coeditor, with Lucia McMahon of To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810–1811.

Kathryn Schwille

What Luck, This Life
Kathryn Schwille is an MFA graduate of Warren Wilson College and a former editor of The Charlotte Observer. Her short fiction has appeared in Memorious, Crazyhorse, West Branch, Sycamore Review, and other magazines. Her work has twice been cited for Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Charlotte.

Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess
Laura Sebastian grew up in South Florida and attended Savannah College of Art and Design. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Ketch Secor

Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away
Ketch Secor is the founder of Old Crow Medicine Show and a Grammy Award winner.

B.A. Shapiro

The Collector's Apprentice: A Novel
B.A. Shapiro is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and the bestseller The Muralist. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan

Bob Shea

Crash, Splash or Moo!
Bob Shea has created many books for young people, including the popular Dinosaur vs. series, Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, The Happiest Book Ever and The Scariest Book Ever, and the early readers featuring Ballet Cat. He has also invented stories such as Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith, and drawn the pictures for books such as Love, Triangle, written by Marcie Colleen. Bob used to make things for Comedy Central and PBS Kids. Now he makes things for no reason--like animations, a giant lemon head, and his basement game show, Jackpot Basement.

Adrian Shirk

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories from the Byways of American Women and Religion
Adrian Shirk was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since lived in New York and Wyoming. She's a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic and other publications. She has produced radio stories for Wyoming Public Media and Pop Up Archive, and she holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Currently, she teaches women's studies and creative writing at Pratt Institute. She lives on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers with her husband, Christopher Sweeney, and Quentin the cat.

Rob Simbeck

My Father's Business: The Small-Town Values that Built Dollar General Into a Billion Dollar Company
Rob Simbeck is a writer and editor of over 20 books. He was ghostwriter of Cal Turner's first book, co-written with Howard Olds, Led To Follow

Adam Smith

Long Walk to Valhalla
Adam Smith was raised in a small town in Arkansas, where he started writing his own mini-comics and zines. His first full length graphic novel, Long Walk to Valhalla, was published in 2015 and nominated for both an Eisner & Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Novel, New the following year. Since then, he created the romance comic, LoveRunRiot for Stela Comics, and worked for both The Jim Henson Company on various Labyrinth comics and D.C. Comics. He lives and writes in Kansas City, Missouri now where he thinks the winters are entirely too cold.

Grant Maloy Smith

Fly Possum Fly: The Year My Dad's Possums Really Saved Christmas
Grant Maloy Smith is a Billboard Top 10 Country/Roots musician who has performed all over the world--from Nashville to London, and even New York City's famous Carnegie Hall. No Depression Magazine called his album, Dust Bowl - American Stories, "a heartland masterpiece... as potent as Woody Guthrie." Smith was inspired to write a song about possums saving Christmas after appearing on The Tim White Bluegrass Show in eastern Tennessee. An avid artist before he turned to music, he enjoyed doing the illustrations, and took great care to bring personality and humor to the characters in the book.

Michael Buffalo Smith

From Macon and Jacksonville: More Conversations in Southern Rock
Michael Buffalo Smith grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the home of the Marshall Tucker Band. His love of that group along with The Allman Brothers Band piqued his interest in the music called Southern Rock. Smith founded Gritz magazine in 1998 and began interviewing the stars he listened to and admired.

Destiny Soria

Beneath the Citadel
Destiny Soria lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan statue in Birmingham, Alabama. Destiny’s first book, Iron Cast, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor

Turning Pages: My Life Story
Sonia Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, New York. She earned a BA from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School. She served as Assistant District Attorney in New York County, and then as a litigator at Pavia & Harcourt. In 1991, when President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the US District Court, Southern District of New York. In 1997, President William Jefferson Clinton nominated her to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009, becoming the first Latina to ever hold such a high position. She is the author of My Beloved World and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.

Bob Spitz

Reagan: An American Journey
Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of the biographies Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child and The Beatles, both New York Times bestsellers, as well as six other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He has represented Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post, among others.

Barbara Martin Stephens

Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler: My Life with Jimmy Martin, The King of Bluegrass
Barbara Martin Stephens worked for many years as a booking agent and promoter, first for Jimmy Martin and then for numerous other bluegrass and country music performers.

Jonathan Stokes

The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece: A Handbook for Time Travelers
Jonathan Stokes is a former teacher who is now a rising star as a Hollywood screenwriter. He has written screenplays on assignment for Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, New Line, and Sony/Columbia. Inspired by a childhood love of “The Goonies” and “Ferris Bueller's Day Off”, Jonathan wrote his first novel, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas, published by Philomel in 2016. Born in Manhattan, he currently resides in Los Angeles, where he can be found showing off his incredible taste in dishware and impressive 96% accuracy with high fives.

Nadine Strossen

HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (Inalienable Rights)
Nadine Strossen is Professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School and the first woman national President of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she served from 1991 through 2008. A frequent speaker on constitutional and civil liberties issues, her media appearances include 60 Minutes,CBS Sunday Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The Daily Show, and other news programs on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, Al-Jazeera, and in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and USA Today, among others.

Jamie Sumner

Unbound: Finding Freedom From Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood
Jamie Sumner is a writer for Parenting Special Needs Magazine as well as a regular contributor to Scary Mommy,, Magazine, Her View From Home Magazine, Tribe Magazine, Mamalode Magazine, and Complex Child Magazine. Her IVF journey has also been featured on Fox 17 News. She and her husband fought infertility for two years before seeking medical intervention. She has a son, Charlie, diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and cerebral palsy, and boy/girl twins, Jonas and Cora. She blogs regularly at

Earl Swift

Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream
Earl Swift, journalist, has written five books, including The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways (2011). Since 2012 he has been a residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

Dylan Thuras

The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide
Dylan Thuras is the co-founder of Atlas Obscura, a multimedia company and "Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders" visited by over 5 million monthly users, and co-author of NY Times #1 best seller Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders. He is the author of the forthcoming 2018 kids book The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid.

Bonnie Tinsley

Against Every Hope: India, Mother Teresa, and a Baby Girl
Bonnie Tinsley is an adjunct professor of Latin at Middle Tennessee State University. She writes from her home in Middle Tennessee.

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

The Story Collector
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different, Selling Hope, and The 13th Sign. She lives in Tennessee with her family.

Tony Turnbow

Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life
Tony L. Turnbow has studied the history of the Old Natchez Trace for more than 30 years. He practices law in Franklin, Tennessee. With a Bachelor of Arts and a concentration in southern U.S. history from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, he has continued to use his training to explore unpublished primary sources about the Natchez Trace. His work has appeared in TheJournal of Mississippi History,Tennessee Historical Quarterly and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation journal “We Proceeded On.”

Cal Turner

My Father's Business: The Small-Town Values that Built Dollar General Into a Billion-Dollar Company
Cal Turner grew up in a Scottsville, Kentucky, household where business and family were one. After graduating Vanderbilt University, he served for three years as an officer in the United States Navy before beginning his career at Dollar General. He served as CEO for 37 years, and during his tenure, the number of DG stores rose from 150, with sales of $40 million, to more than 6,000, with sales in excess of $6 billion. Turner has served on the boards of companies like Shoney's and First American, and of educational, civic and charitable organizations including Vanderbilt and Fisk universities, and has been president of the board of governors of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. His many awards include the Presidential Award for Private Sector Initiatives (presented by Ronald Reagan) and the Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus Award. A committed lifelong Methodist, Turner was inducted in 2001 into the Fellows of the Society of John Wesley by the Tennessee Conference of the UMC.

Glennray Tutor

Glennray Tutor was born in Kennett, Missouri in 1950. He has been painting Photorealist paintings since 1983. His work is shown and collected throughout the world. He currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi.

Tiffany Quay Tyson

The Past is Never: A Novel
Tiffany Quay Tyson ’s writing has been compared to Southern fiction titans like Flannery O'Connor and her first book, Three Rivers, was a finalist for the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Award for Fiction and also the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction. Though she grew up in Mississippi, she now resides in Denver, where she teaches writing at the renowned Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Mary Reaves Uhles

A Tuba Christmas
Mary Reaves Uhles has illustrated several books, including The Little Kids’ Table by Mary Ann Riehle, A Tuba Christmas by Helen Wilbur, and the poetry collection Kooky Crumbs by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, TN.

Maximilian Uriarte

Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus: The World's Most Popular Military Comic Strip
Maximilian Uriarte is creator of the hit comic strip "Terminal Lance." Uriarte enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of 19 and served for four years. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2007 he served as an MRAP turret gunner and dismount of India Company's "Jump" platoon in the Zaidon region southeast of Fallujah. He deployed to Iraq again in 2009 as a billeted Combat Photographer and Combat Artist, then enrolling in California College of the Arts. In 2010 Uriarte created the popular comic strip "Terminal Lance" while still on active duty. The strip is now published in The Marine Corps Times and has grown immensely in popularity.

Luis Alberto Urrea

House of Broken Angels
Luis Alberto Urrea is the bestselling author of the novels The Hummingbird's Daughter, Into the Beautiful North, and Queen of America, as well as the story collections The Water Museum, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist.He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of Nonfiction The Devil's Highway. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, he lives outside of Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Brenda R. Vantrease

The Queen's Promise
Brenda R. Vantrease is a former librarian and English teacher from Nashville. Her debut novel, The Illuminator, was translated into fourteen languages and became a national bestseller.

Allison Varnes

Property of the Rebel Librarian
Allison Varnes has fought for her students. She taught English in special education for eight years and once had to convince administrators that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is not an endorsement of witchcraft. She's from a family of teachers and has a PhD in education from the University of Tennessee. And like heroine June, Allison is a former marching-band geek. When she's not writing, she howls along to the Hamilton soundtrack with a trio of Chihuahuas named after Peanuts characters. 

Maggi Briton Vaughn

Maggi Britton Vaughn, Poet Laureate of Tennessee, is the author of numerous books and the recipient of many awards, honors, and recognitions. She travels throughout Tennessee and the United States to promote poetry and Tennessee.

Vince Vawter

Vince Vawter was reared in Memphis and spent forty years in the newspaper business as a writer, editor, and publisher. He is the author of Paperboy, winner of a 2014 Newbery Honor. He and his wife live on a small farm near Knoxville.

Adam Vines

Out of Speech:Poems
Adam Vines is assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review. He is also the author of The Coal Life and coauthor of Day Kink and According to Discretion.

Jonathan Voss

Brave Enough for Two
Jonathan Voss was a portrait artist and graphic designer before becoming a children's book illustrator. Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker was his first book. Brave Enough for Two is his author-illustrator debut. He lives in North Carolina with his family.

David Weigel

The Show That Never Ends
David Weigel is a national reporter for the Washington Post. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Slate, Reason, GQ, Esquire, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Politico, and many other publications. He lives in Washington, DC.

David Weintraub

Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go
David A. Weintraub is professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It?, How Old Is the Universe?, and Is Pluto a Planet?: A Historical Journey through the Solar System. He lives in Nashville.

Wendy Welch

Fall or Fly: The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia
Wendy Welch is a bookseller, ethnographer, and journalist. The author of The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap and editor of Public Health in Appalachia, she divides her time between writing up observations of Appalachia, and working to make it a more just and verdant place.

Charles Dodd White

In the House of Wilderness: A Novel
Charles Dodd White is a writer who lives in east Tennessee. He is a recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, a Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He is an Associate Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Nick White

Sweet and Low: A Novel
Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Guernica,The Literary Review, LitHub, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University.

Deborah Wiles

a long line of cakes
Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book Freedom Summer and three novels: Love, Ruby Lavender; The Aurora County All-Stars; and Each Little Bird That Sings, a National Book Award finalist. She has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also sang in the Glee Club, was a champion speller, and hated Field Day. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Caroline Randall Williams

Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family
Caroline Randall Williams is a multi-genre writer and educator in Nashville. She is co-author of the Phyllis Wheatley Award-winning young adult novel The Diary of B.B. Bright, and the NAACP Image Award-winning cookbook Soul Food Love. Named by Southern Living as “One of the 50 People changing the South,” the Cave Canem fellow has been published in multiple journals, essay collections and news outlets, including The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, CherryBombe and the New York Times. Her debut collection of poetry, Lucy Negro, Redux is currently being turned into a ballet.

Drew Williams

The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After)
Drew Williams has been a bookseller in Birmingham, Alabama since he was sixteen years old, when he got the job because he came in looking for work on a day when someone else had just quit. Outside of arguing with his coworkers about whether Moby Dick is brilliant (nope) or terrible (that one), his favorite part of the job is discovering new authors and sharing them with his customers. Now that he’s written his own book, The Stars Now Unclaimed, he is entirely confident that it can be hand sold to everyone, even people who don’t like science fiction, adventures, or fun in general, because it’s just that damned good. He is perhaps a tad overconfident in his own abilities as a writer.

Kevin Wilson

Perfect Little World
Kevin Wilson is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Family Fang, named a best book of the year by Time, People, Salon, and Esquire. His story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association as well as the Shirley Jackson Award. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Arts. He teaches fiction at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Alan Wiseman

Vanderbilt University
Alan Wiseman is Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is the author of The Internet Economy: Access, Taxes, and Market Structure. Prior joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University, he served on the faculty of The Ohio State University, where he directed the undergraduate public policy minor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has also been a visiting Associate Professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of
Management; and before entering the academy he served as a visiting
economic scholar with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Daniel Wiseman

Play This Book; Pet This Book
Daniel Wiseman likes to draw. He likes it so much, he’s made a career out of it. Usually he draws animals wearing clothes, or kids enjoying a good dance party. However, when prodded, he’s been known to draw pretty much anything else. Daniel currently lives in St. Louis, MO with his beautiful wife and his equally beautiful son. When he isn’t drawing, he can usually be found doing one of these great things: Perfecting his biscuit recipe, hiking up a mountain in some faraway location, singing loudly in his car, riding his bike on the mean streets of St. Louis, or napping.

Ellen Wittlinger

Someone Else's Shoes
Ellen Wittlinger is the author of fifteen YA and middle grade novels, including Saturdays with Hitchcock. Her novel Hard Love won a Printz Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Wittlinger has taught at Emerson College in Boston and in the Simmons College Writing for Children MFA Program.

Daniel Wolff

Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913
Daniel Wolff is the author of The Fight for Home; How Lincoln Learned to Read; 4th of July/Asbury Park; and You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. He's been nominated for a Grammy, published three collections of poetry, and collaborated with, among others, songwriters, documentary filmmakers, photographers, and choreographer Marta Renzi, his wife.

Barry Wolverton

The Chronicles of the Black Tulip: The Sea of the Dead
Barry Wolverton is the author of Neversink. He has more than fifteen years' experience creating books, documentary television scripts, and website content for international networks and publishers, including National Geographic,, the Library of Congress, and the Discovery Networks. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

CANCELED: Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin
Jacqueline Woodson is the is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. She receive the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Coming On Home Soon, Feathers, Show Way, After Tupac and D Foster, and Miracle's Boys. She received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature.

Susan Wood

Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless She Persisted
Susan Wood is the author of many picture books, including American Gothic and Esquivel!. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

William Wright

Specter Moutain: Poems
William Wright is author or editor of over twenty volumes of poetry, including the award-winning Tree Heresies. Other recent books include Night Field Anecdote, and Bledsoe. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Emory University, Oxford College of Emory, and Reinhardt University.

Lisa Wysocky

The Mane Equation: A Cat Enright Mystery
Lisa Wysocky is an award-winning bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction. Her Cat Enright equestrian mystery series, which is set near Nashville, has won six awards, including Mom's Choice, IBPA, American Horse Publications, and Foreword book awards, and has also been optioned for film and television.

Ron York

Songs from An Imperfect Life
Ron York graduated from Belmont University with studies in voice and piano. He spent the next two decades in the field of interior design before opening his first art gallery. When not in the gallery, York can be found in his studio painting, at his piano composing, or assisting numerous nonprofit agencies with fundraising. He currently resides in Nashville with his cat, Miss Trixie Delight.

Jessica Young

Play This Book
Jessica Young is the author of the picture book My Blue Is Happy, which was a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title and the recipient of the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award. She is also the author of Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent; the Finley Flowers chapter book series; and the illustrated chapter book series Haggis and Tank Unleashed. When Jessica isn't writing and researching her own books, she's busy doing school visits and listening to music. She lives in Nashville.

Paul Zelinsky

All-of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah
Paul Zelinsky is one of the most acclaimed picture book illustrators working today. He received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his Rapunzel and the Caldecott Honor for Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Swamp Angel. His most recent picture book with Schwartz & Wade Books, Toys Come Home, received four starred reviews; Dust Devil was a New York Times Notable Book and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum winner.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Lead Sponsor
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

Metro Nashville Arts Commission

Lead Sponsor
Metro Nashville Arts Commission or “Metro Arts” is the office of Arts & Culture for the city of Nashville and Davidson County. We believe that arts drive a more vibrant and equitable community. We strive to ensure that all Nashvillians have access to a creative life through community investments, artist and organizational training, public art and creative placemaking coordination and direct programs that involve residents in all forms of arts and culture.

National Endowment for the Arts

Pulitzer Prize Level
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.


Pulitzer Prize Level
Books — printed ones, digital ones, in all their formats and the technology that keeps them moving across the globe — these are our passions and for more than 50 years they have been what we have worked to perfect every day at Ingram Content Group. The world is reading, and it is our goal to connect as many people to the content they want in the simplest ways.

Tennessee Arts Commission

Newbery Award Level
The Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly with the special mandate to stimulate and encourage the presentation of the visual, literary, music and performing arts and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee.
The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.
Through a variety of investments, the Commission encourages excellence in artistic expression through the state’s artists, arts organizations and arts activities. That commitment has expanded through the years to increase access and opportunities for all citizens to participate in the arts.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Newbery Award Level
Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $146 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 9 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It’s never too late to learn.

Nashville Public Library

Newbery Award Level

Mission: To Inspire Reading, Advance Learning, and Connect Our Community.

Nashville Scene

Newbery Award Level
Nashville Scene is an alternative newsweekly in Nashville, TN.

Parnassus Books

Newbery Award Level
Parnassus Books is the independent bookstore for independent people located in Nashville, Tennessee. The shop has been co-owned by novelist Ann Patchett and her business partner, Karen Hayes, since it opened in 2011. Parnassus stocks an extensive and exciting selection of books including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, local interests, and the arts. The store also boasts an extensive local author section.

AWC Family Foundation

Best Seller Level
Giving primarily in four major areas: 1) environmental concerns, with emphasis on programs that strive to preserve the land and educate our children on the importance of protecting and caring for our natural heritage; 2) animal welfare, with emphasis on the protection and humane treatment of both wild and domestic animals; 3) social concerns, with emphasis on helping Native Americans help themselves; and 4) the fine arts, with emphasis on renovation or the visual and performing arts. The foundation may also fund other charitable organizations or programs as deemed appropriate by the board of directors.

The Memorial Foundation

Best Seller Level
In keeping with its roots, The Memorial Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people through support to nonprofit organizations. The Memorial Foundation responds to diverse community needs, assisting agencies that focus on: Access to Quality Health Care Services, Human & Social Services, Education, Senior Citizen Enrichment Services, Youth and Childhood Development, Substance Abuse Programs, and Community Services.


Best Seller Level
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

First Edition Level
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities and social sciences. Because cooperative study in higher education is crucial to the modern university and the society it influences, the Center is designed to intensify and increase interdisciplinary discussion of academic, social, and cultural issues.

Local Table

Patron Level
Local Table is a Local Food And Farm Guide For Middle Tennessee local products. 

PM Press

PM Press was founded at the end of 2007 by a small collection of folks with decades of publishing, media, and organizing experience. PM Press co-conspirators have published and distributed hundreds of books, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs. Members of PM have founded enduring book fairs, spearheaded victorious tenant organizing campaigns, and worked closely with bookstores, academic conferences, and even rock bands to deliver political and challenging ideas to all walks of life. We’re old enough to know what we’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake.

Metro Nashville Public Schools


We deliver a great public education to every student, every day.

Vanderbilt University Press

Established in 1940, Vanderbilt University Press is the principal publishing arm of one of the nation's leading research universities. The Press's primary mission is to select, produce, market, and disseminate scholarly publications of outstanding quality and originality. In conjunction with the long-term development of its editorial program, the Press draws on and supports the intellectual activities of the University and its faculty. Although its main emphasis falls in the area of scholarly publishing, the Press also publishes books of substance and significance that are of interest to the general public, including regional books. In this regard, the Press also supports Vanderbilt's service and outreach to the larger local and national community.


Versify is a show where a person tells a story, and in a matter of minutes, that story becomes a poem.
In each episode we guide listeners through this journey. It can surprise or make you cry — and it proves that your life experiences are worthy of poetry.

"Spalding University MFA in Writing Program"

Spalding University is the home for students who want to earn a degree while engaging and serving the community. We put compassion in action every day with our mission-driven focus. We volunteer, teach, advocate, organize and give. Our students are active in the community, using their Spalding education to make the world better. We are a diverse community with a core commitment to inclusion, and we value our students, faculty and staff from all walks of life.

Vanderbilt University Creative Writing

Creative Writing has been a vital part of the Vanderbilt English Department for nearly a century. Now each year a small, select class of talented writers of fiction and poetry enroll in Vanderbilt’s two-year, fully-funded MFA Program in Creative Writing, and many undergraduates who major in English choose a special concentration in Creative Writing. 

Nashville Writers Meetup

The Nashville Writers Meetup is a group of dedicated people who want to improve their writing and wish to master the craft of writing. While many of us aspire to be published authors, wanting words to paint mind pictures; others of us wish to let our creative spirits loose, exploring the nooks and crannies of existence. We welcome writers of all skill levels into our group! Explore the different types of writers and genres that are a part of the Nashville writing community by clicking on the Calendar. Check out the Message Board for lively community discussion. Check out your fellow writers by exploring Members.

Sarabande Books

Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. First titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 220 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all.

The Porch

The South is a place rich in storytelling and literary traditions: traditions that crisscross cultural and ethnic lines; traditions that fuse rhythm and harmony with turn of phrase and story; traditions that honor and cherish the past while keeping an eye firmly on the future. And what one location could be more central to our shared history of story and song than that most Southern of gathering places--the porch?
Front, back, screened, however you picture it—the porch is a place where family and friends, old and new, come together to enjoy conversation, story, song. The porch is where you deepen relationships and build new memories. But you can also steal precious quiet minutes and hours with books, journals, a sketchbook or guitar. Porches are for togetherness and solitude in equal measure, for the sharing of stories between speakers and listeners, between writers and readers. Surprising collaborations happen on porches—one porch-sitter’s story becomes another’s song, ideas are gathered and shared. The charms and challenges of the natural world are never far from the porch.

WordCrafts Press

WordCrafts, LLC is an independent media company dedicated to the idea that there is no greater means of communicating truth than the medium of story. Great stories lift us out of the mundane, exhilarate us with adventure and passion, open our minds to great ideas, and remind us what it means to be human.

Tennessee State Library & Archives

Nashville Adult Literacy Council

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that teaches adult Americans to read and teaches adult immigrants the English language. Additionally, we provide classes to adults that improve writing skills and prepare learners for their high school equivalency or citizenship tests. Each year the NALC serves more than 1,700 adult learners, works with over 600 dedicated volunteer tutors, and conducts 30 classes in our community.

Bell Buckle Press

Women's National Book Association

On April 15, 1955, forty-five Nashville bookwomen gathered at the Highland Crest Restaurant. Edith Patterson Meyer, juvenile editor at Abingdon Press, and Ann Richter, chair of WNBA’s National Expansion Committee, provided the program. After Ann Richter talked about the organization, sharing interesting anecdotes from the New York Chapter, the Nashville group voted to form a chapter, the fourth nationally. In May, Kate Ellen Gruver, juvenile editor at Broadman Press, was elected president.
Over the years the Nashville Chapter has been active and energetic, participating in and sponsoring many book-related projects. With a strong membership drawn from local publishing houses, libraries, universities, the writing community, and other book lovers, the Chapter is noted for its many programs and events.

Zone 3 Press

Zone 3 is a nationally distributed literary journal published twice a year by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The editors welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from both established and emerging writers. Recent contributors include A. Van Jordan, Kimiko Hahn, Nancy Eimers, H.L. Hix, Brenda Miller, Ander Monson, Sara Majka, Geffrey Davis, Louise Erdrich, Jill Talbot, Ira Sukrungruang, Charles Haverty, and Oliver de la Paz. Contributors whose first publicatons appeared in Zone 3 include Robert Krut, Zoe Mays, Peter LaBerge, Brandon Timm, and Troy Taylor, among others.

Reading Rock Books

Reading Rock Books is a cozy, independent bookstore located in the historic downtown of Dickson, TN. Owned and operated by sisters Amy Jernigan and Laura Hill, Reading Rock Books is a family business dedicated to customer service and a deep love of books and reading.

Nashville Public Television presents The Great American Read

Nashville Public Television, Nashville’s PBS station, is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area. NPT’s three broadcast channels are NPT, the main channel; secondary channel NPT2; and NPT3, a 24/7 PBS Kids channel. NPT is also available to anyone in the world through its array of NPT digital services, including, YouTube channels and the PBS video app. NPT provides, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.

Authors Promoting Success

Authors Promoting Success is more than just an is a literary conglomerate!!! APS has an array of platforms geared to help independent authors - a publishing company; a bookstore; a book contest; an awards gala; an authors tour; network meetings and even a writers society! Being affiliated with this organization is a MUST for any author looking to reach high levels of success. Why struggle alone, when there is a team of others waiting to help you?

Rockvale Writers' Colony

Rockvale Writers’ Colony exists to support, promote, and educate writers of all backgrounds who write in any genre. We aim to provide a safe, comfortable, and inspiring environment where writers can settle in as ��writers in residence” to work on a writing project.
Periodically, we offer workshops and special retreats that enrich and sustain a writing life, and introduce writers to a new way of relating to and enjoying creativity.
Rockvale Writers’ Colony is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Authors Circle Mid TN

Sisters in Crime, Middle Tennessee Chapter

We are part of Sisters in Crime, a family dedicated to serving as the voice for excellence, a level playing field, and diversity in crime writing. Sisters in Crime was founded in 1986 by Sara Paretsky and others. Today we've grown to 3,600 sisters and misters in over 50 chapters worldwide.

D.Alan Lewis & Nikki Nelson-Hicks - authors

Founded in 2017, Voodoo Rumors is a digital, print, and audio publishing company based in Nashville, Tennessee. We’re determined to bring our audience the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror, mysteries, neo-pulp, and all the ‘punks’.

Black Rose Writing

Black Rose Writing is an independent publishing house that strongly believes in developing a personal relationship with their authors. The Texas-based publishing company doesn't see authors as clients or just another number on a page, but rather as individual people... people who deserve an honest review of their material and to be paid traditional royalties without ever paying any fees to be published.

Belmont University Master of Arts in English

Whether you’re a lifelong reader, a budding novelist, a current or aspiring English teacher, or on the path to a Ph.D., our Master’s program in English offers you a chance to discover yourself in literature. An advanced degree in English enables you to sharpen your thinking and dialogue with the imaginative writing that informs our world. What makes our program stand out is our dedicated faculty. We know better than anyone how literature shapes us, and we want to help you find—and follow—your own intellectual path.

Kubik Fine Books Ltd

Kubik Fine Books Ltd is a full-service antiquarian bookstore offering rare, collectible, and vintage books in all fields. We have one of the largest inventories in North America of vintage books on Roman Catholic history and theology. We also carry a substantial inventory of quality books on history, military history, literature, and general rare books.

Vanderbilt University Master of Liberal Arts and Science Program

Vanderbilt offers a graduate degree program for the part time adult student: the Master of Liberal Arts & Science (MLAS) Program. Pursue your love of learning, plan your own course of study, satisfy your intellectual curiosity within a community of lifelong learners at Vanderbilt’s College of Arts & Science


Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books & More is a division of Educational Development Corporation (EDC), a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 30 years.

Southern Fried Karma, LLC

For over 450 years, and probably before, the settlers and inhabitants of the South have made some fateful choices and created their own twisted karma. Right here in Coweta County, the home of our world-wide headquarters, we have the legacy of Chief William McIntosh. Descending from a prominent Scottish father and a Muscogee mother, he built an alliance between the early colonists and the local Cowetas, called Creeks by the Scotch-Irish pioneers, but he was ultimately hacked to death by the neighboring tribe for his apparent disloyalty. This dire story embodies the contorted history of the modern South. Outsiders view us as either Stars and Bars waving, NASCAR loving Bubbas who’ve escaped house-arrest from the trailer park, or genteel mint julep-sippers fanning ourselves in the solitude of our rose gardens while waiting for the emerald magnolia leaves to majestically shine in the light of the full moon. The mission of Southern Fried Karma is to debunk these myths by cultivating the innovative voice of the South in the New Millennium. Our artistic expression is as divergent as Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, Chicago’s Wicker Park, or Portland’s Pearl District. We just display it at the Wally World and the funky neighborhood street market.

Griffyn Ink