Participating Authors

Jonathan Abrams  All the Pieces Matter: Inside Store of the Wire    Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Boys Among Men. He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times and is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Jonathan Abrams
All the Pieces Matter: Inside Store of the Wire

Jonathan Abrams is an award-winning journalist who writes for Bleacher Report. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Boys Among Men. He was previously a staff writer at Grantland, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times and is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Dana Beach  A Wholly Admirable Thing    Dana Beach was born in Columbia, South Carolina. After several years in the financial sector, Dana returned to his home state and became active in the environmental movement, founding the S.C. Coastal Conservation League in 1989. He is also the author of  Coastal Sprawl , a Pew Oceans Commission report on the effects of urban design on aquatic ecosystems. In 2014 Dana wrote  Deveaux , a book featuring his photographs of the Deveaux Bank seabird sanctuary, published jointly by the University of South Carolina Press and the Coastal Conservation League.

Dana Beach
A Wholly Admirable Thing

Dana Beach was born in Columbia, South Carolina. After several years in the financial sector, Dana returned to his home state and became active in the environmental movement, founding the S.C. Coastal Conservation League in 1989. He is also the author of Coastal Sprawl, a Pew Oceans Commission report on the effects of urban design on aquatic ecosystems. In 2014 Dana wrote Deveaux, a book featuring his photographs of the Deveaux Bank seabird sanctuary, published jointly by the University of South Carolina Press and the Coastal Conservation League.

Abigail Dewitt  News of Our Loved Ones    Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels:  Lili , Dogs , and News of our Loved Ones (due out from Harper in October, 2018). 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.

Abigail Dewitt
News of Our Loved Ones

Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels: Lili,Dogs, and News of our Loved Ones (due out from Harper in October, 2018). 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.

 
Jo Giese  Never Sit When You Can Dance    Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author, teacher, community activist, and global traveler. As a special correspondent Jo was part of the Peabody award-winning team at Marketplace, public radio’s daily business show, and she’s been a contributor to  This American Life .Her non-fiction has appeared in  The New York Times ,  The Los Angeles Times ,  The Los Angeles Review of Books ,  European Travel & Life,   Vogue , and more.

Jo Giese
Never Sit When You Can Dance

Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author, teacher, community activist, and global traveler. As a special correspondent Jo was part of the Peabody award-winning team at Marketplace, public radio’s daily business show, and she’s been a contributor to This American Life.Her non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, European Travel & Life, Vogue, and more.

Patrice Gopo    All the Colors We Will See    Drawing on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice Gopo enjoys exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging. Her essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including  Creative Nonfiction ,  Gulf Coast , Full Grown People , and online in  The New York Times and  The Washington Post . Patrice lives with her family in North Carolina, and her essay collection,  All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way , is now available. The book is a Fall 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Patrice Gopo
All the Colors We Will See

Drawing on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice Gopo enjoys exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging. Her essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast,Full Grown People, and online in The New York Timesand The Washington Post. Patrice lives with her family in North Carolina, and her essay collection, All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way, is now available. The book is a Fall 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Caleb Johnson  Treeborne    Caleb Johnson is the author of the novel  Treeborne — an honorable mention for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. Johnson grew up in Arley, AL, studied journalism at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and earned an MFA from the University of Wyoming. Currently, he lives with his wife, Irina, and their dog, Hugo, in Valle Crucis, NC, where he teaches at Appalachian State University while working on his next novel.

Caleb Johnson
Treeborne

Caleb Johnson is the author of the novel Treeborne— an honorable mention for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. Johnson grew up in Arley, AL, studied journalism at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and earned an MFA from the University of Wyoming. Currently, he lives with his wife, Irina, and their dog, Hugo, in Valle Crucis, NC, where he teaches at Appalachian State University while working on his next novel.

 
David Joy  The Line that Held Us    David Joy is the author of  Where All Light Tends To Go , as well as the novels  The Weight Of This World  and  The Line That Held Us . He is also the author of the memoir  Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey . His latest short stories and essays have appeared in  Time ,  The New York Times Magazine ,  Garden & Gun , and  The Bitter Southerner . Joy lives in the North Carolina mountains.

David Joy
The Line that Held Us

David Joy is the author of Where All Light Tends To Go, as well as the novels The Weight Of This World and The Line That Held Us. He is also the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey. His latest short stories and essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. Joy lives in the North Carolina mountains.

Soniah Kamal  Unmarriageable    Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel  Unmarriageable: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan  is forthcoming. Her debut novel,  An Isolated Incident  was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Soniah was born in Pakistan, grew up in England and Saudi Arabia and lives in the U.S., New Mexico, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, California and currently in Georgia.

Soniah Kamal
Unmarriageable

Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel Unmarriageable: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan is forthcoming. Her debut novel, An Isolated Incident was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Soniah was born in Pakistan, grew up in England and Saudi Arabia and lives in the U.S., New Mexico, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, California and currently in Georgia.

Joseph Kelly  Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin    Joseph Kelly was born in New York and migrated to Texas in his youth. Since 1992, he has lived in Charleston, SC, where he teaches Irish Studies and literature at the College of Charleston. He wrote two historical narratives,  Marooned and  America's Longest Siege that trace the sometimes solid, sometimes fluid notions of what it means to be an American. He has also written, "Our Joyce: From Outcast to Icon," and he is the editor of W. W. Norton's highly successful Seagull Books of Literature.

Joseph Kelly
Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin

Joseph Kelly was born in New York and migrated to Texas in his youth. Since 1992, he has lived in Charleston, SC, where he teaches Irish Studies and literature at the College of Charleston. He wrote two historical narratives, Maroonedand America's Longest Siegethat trace the sometimes solid, sometimes fluid notions of what it means to be an American. He has also written, "Our Joyce: From Outcast to Icon," and he is the editor of W. W. Norton's highly successful Seagull Books of Literature.

 
John Lane    Neighborhood Hawks    A founder of the Hub City Writers Project, John Lane is a place-based educator at Wofford College and the author of numerous books of essays and poetry. He is the author of  Waist Deep in Black Water ,  Chattooga , and  Circling Home , all from the University of Georgia Press. His poetry collection,  Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems  is forthcoming from Mercer University Press.

John Lane
Neighborhood Hawks

A founder of the Hub City Writers Project, John Lane is a place-based educator at Wofford College and the author of numerous books of essays and poetry. He is the author of Waist Deep in Black Water, Chattooga, and Circling Home, all from the University of Georgia Press. His poetry collection, Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Mercer University Press.

Emily Pease  Let Me Out Here    Emily W. Pease is the author of  Let Me Out Here, out from Hub City Press in March 2019. Her stories have appeared in the  Missouri Review , the  Georgia Review ,  Shenandoah, Crazyhorse , the  Alaska Quarterly Review ,  Narrative , and  Witness . After teaching for many years at the College of William & Mary, she now teaches writing to veterans through the Armed Services Arts Partnership, where she also serves as a member of their arts council. She is currently beginning a novel about logging the last forests of West Virginia. She lives in Williamsburg, VA.

Emily Pease
Let Me Out Here

Emily W. Pease is the author of Let Me Out Here,out from Hub City Press in March 2019. Her stories have appeared in the Missouri Review, the Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative, and Witness. After teaching for many years at the College of William & Mary, she now teaches writing to veterans through the Armed Services Arts Partnership, where she also serves as a member of their arts council. She is currently beginning a novel about logging the last forests of West Virginia. She lives in Williamsburg, VA.

Signe Pike  The Lost Queen    Signe Pike was born in born in Ithaca, NY, and graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication. She worked as an acquisitions editor at Random House and then Penguin, before leaving to write her first book,  Faery Tale :  One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World . Signe teaches seminars and workshops internationally on writing and publishing, as well as on folklore and tradition. She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Signe Pike
The Lost Queen

Signe Pike was born in born in Ithaca, NY, and graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication. She worked as an acquisitions editor at Random House and then Penguin, before leaving to write her first book, Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World. Signe teaches seminars and workshops internationally on writing and publishing, as well as on folklore and tradition. She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where she writes full-time.

 
Etaf Rum    A Woman Is No Man    The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Masters of Arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition and teaches undergraduate courses in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children. A Woman Is No Man  is her first novel.

Etaf Rum
A Woman Is No Man

The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Masters of Arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition and teaches undergraduate courses in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children.A Woman Is No Man is her first novel.

Jason Ryan  Race to Hawaii    Jason Ryan is the author of three books: "Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs"; "Hell-Bent: One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob"; and "Race to Hawaii: The 1927 Dole Derby and the Thrilling First Flights That Opened the Pacific." He is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jason Ryan
Race to Hawaii

Jason Ryan is the author of three books: "Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs"; "Hell-Bent: One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob"; and "Race to Hawaii: The 1927 Dole Derby and the Thrilling First Flights That Opened the Pacific." He is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

George Singleton  Staff Picks    George Singleton is a Southern author who has written seven collections of short stories, two novels, and an instructional book on writing fiction. He was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. Singleton was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in April 2015, and was awarded the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence in 2016.

George Singleton
Staff Picks

George Singleton is a Southern author who has written seven collections of short stories, two novels, and an instructional book on writing fiction. He was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. Singleton was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in April 2015, and was awarded the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence in 2016.

 
Michael Farris Smith    The Fighter    Michael Farris Smith is the author of  The Fighter ,  Desperation Road,   Rivers , and  The Hands of Strangers.  He has been awarded the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction, Transatlantic Review Award, and Brick Streets Press Story Award. He has been a finalist for the  Southern Book Prize , the  Gold Dagger Award  in the UK, and the  Grand Prix des Lectrices  in France, and his essays have appeared with  The New York Times ,  Bitter Southerner ,  Writer’s Bone , and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.

Michael Farris Smith
The Fighter

Michael Farris Smith is the author of The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. He has been awarded the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction, Transatlantic Review Award, and Brick Streets Press Story Award. He has been a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, the Gold Dagger Award in the UK, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices in France, and his essays have appeared with The New York Times, Bitter Southerner, Writer’s Bone, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.

Snowden Wright  American Pop    Snowden Wright, born and raised in Mississippi, is the author of the novel  American Pop . A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University and a former Stone Court Writer-in-Residence, he has written for  The Atlantic ,  Salon ,  Esquire ,  The Millions , and the  New York Daily News , among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader at  The New Yorker ,  Esquire , and  The Paris Review . He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Snowden Wright
American Pop

Snowden Wright, born and raised in Mississippi, is the author of the novel American Pop. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University and a former Stone Court Writer-in-Residence, he has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader at The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Al Zambone  Daniel Morgan: A Life    Al Zambone was raised in Greenwich, a colonial New Jersey village known for hosting its own revolutionary tea party in the market square. Zambone’s first book is about Daniel Morgan, the action hero of the American Revolution. Morgan had plenty of ideas, but no one would ever accuse him of being an intellectual. Join him as he talks with historians and other professionals who cultivate the craft of historical thinking.

Al Zambone
Daniel Morgan: A Life

Al Zambone was raised in Greenwich, a colonial New Jersey village known for hosting its own revolutionary tea party in the market square. Zambone’s first book is about Daniel Morgan, the action hero of the American Revolution. Morgan had plenty of ideas, but no one would ever accuse him of being an intellectual. Join him as he talks with historians and other professionals who cultivate the craft of historical thinking.