Participating Authors

Mary Ann Claud  Alex Dances    Mary Ann Claud grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Converse College. She began writing after moving to Tryon N.C. in the early 70’s. In 2014 she published her first novel,  The Dancin’ Man . It chronicles the lives of a prominent Southern textile family caught in the industry’s decline. Two years later, she published a sequel, featuring the Ward/Brunson clan once again. Titled  Whirlygig , The Dancin’ Man’s Daughter, it rejoins the family a decade later.  Alex Dances  is the third volume in the Dancin’ Man trilogy.

Mary Ann Claud
Alex Dances

Mary Ann Claud grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Converse College. She began writing after moving to Tryon N.C. in the early 70’s. In 2014 she published her first novel, The Dancin’ Man. It chronicles the lives of a prominent Southern textile family caught in the industry’s decline. Two years later, she published a sequel, featuring the Ward/Brunson clan once again. Titled Whirlygig, The Dancin’ Man’s Daughter, it rejoins the family a decade later. Alex Dances is the third volume in the Dancin’ Man trilogy.

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.

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.

Todd Calgi Gallicano  The Selkie of San Francisco    Todd Gallicano is the author of  Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw  and  The Selkie of San Francisco , the first two books in the Sam London Adventures series. When he’s not hammering out the next Sam London novel on his 1938 Royal Deluxe typewriter, he lives with his wife and daughter.

Todd Calgi Gallicano
The Selkie of San Francisco

Todd Gallicano is the author of Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw and The Selkie of San Francisco, the first two books in the Sam London Adventures series. When he’s not hammering out the next Sam London novel on his 1938 Royal Deluxe typewriter, he lives with his wife and daughter.

 
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.

Megan Griswold     The Book of Help    Megan Griswold went to Barnard College, received an MA from Yale, and went on to earn a licentiate degree from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. She has trained and received certifications as a doula, shiatsu practitioner, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and in wilderness medicine, among others. She has worked as a mountain instructor, a Classical Five Element acupuncturist, a freelance reporter, an NPR All Things Considered commentator and an off-the grid interior designer. She resides (mostly) in a yurt in Kelly, Wyoming.

Megan Griswold

The Book of Help

Megan Griswold went to Barnard College, received an MA from Yale, and went on to earn a licentiate degree from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. She has trained and received certifications as a doula, shiatsu practitioner, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and in wilderness medicine, among others. She has worked as a mountain instructor, a Classical Five Element acupuncturist, a freelance reporter, an NPR All Things Considered commentator and an off-the grid interior designer. She resides (mostly) in a yurt in Kelly, Wyoming.

Jo Watson Hackl  Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe    Author Jo Watson Hackl is the founder of outdoorosity.org and a lawyer with Wyche, PA. Her debut novel,  Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe , was published by Random House Books for Young Readers in July 2018. She received her B.A. from Millsaps College and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  In her community, Jo works on a number of creative, educational, business, and philanthropic initiatives. She is a Liberty Fellow and a Riley Fellow and has been recognized as a “Woman of Achievement” by the Greenville YWCA. Jo’s writing has been published by  The Pen and Palette , the  Emrys Literary Journal ,  The Clearinghouse Review , and Greenville County Museum of Art’s  Hearing Helen .  Jo lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and three children. They all take to the woods whenever they can.

Jo Watson Hackl
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Author Jo Watson Hackl is the founder of outdoorosity.org and a lawyer with Wyche, PA. Her debut novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, was published by Random House Books for Young Readers in July 2018. She received her B.A. from Millsaps College and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

In her community, Jo works on a number of creative, educational, business, and philanthropic initiatives. She is a Liberty Fellow and a Riley Fellow and has been recognized as a “Woman of Achievement” by the Greenville YWCA. Jo’s writing has been published by The Pen and Palette, the Emrys Literary Journal, The Clearinghouse Review, and Greenville County Museum of Art’s Hearing Helen.

Jo lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and three children. They all take to the woods whenever they can.

Susan Harlan    Decorating a Room of One’s Own   Susan Harlan's essays have appeared in venues including  The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Roads & Kingdoms, The Common, The Morning News, Curbed,  and  Public Books , and her book  Luggage  was published in the Bloomsbury series Object Lessons in March 2018 .  Her humor book  Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables  was published by Abrams in October 2018. She teaches English literature at Wake Forest University.

Susan Harlan

Decorating a Room of One’s Own

Susan Harlan's essays have appeared in venues including The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Roads & Kingdoms, The Common, The Morning News, Curbed, and Public Books, and her book Luggage was published in the Bloomsbury series Object Lessons in March 2018. Her humor book Decorating a Room of One's Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables was published by Abrams in October 2018. She teaches English literature at Wake Forest University.

 
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.

Soniah Kamal  Unmarriageable    Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel  Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan  Is an Amazon Best Books pick, a Library Reads pick, a People Magazine pick and NPR called it “thought provoking and deliciously readable’. Her debut novel  An Isolated Incident  was a finalist for the Townsend Prize and the KLF French Fiction Prize. Soniah’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub and more. Her TEDX talk is about second chances. 

Soniah Kamal
Unmarriageable

Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan Is an Amazon Best Books pick, a Library Reads pick, a People Magazine pick and NPR called it “thought provoking and deliciously readable’. Her debut novel An Isolated Incident was a finalist for the Townsend Prize and the KLF French Fiction Prize. Soniah’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub and more. Her TEDX talk is about second chances. 

Pam Kelley  Money Rock    Pam Kelley reported for more than 30 years at the  Charlotte Observer . Her awards include honors from the National Press Club, National Education Writers Association and the Society for Features Journalism. She contributed to a subprime mortgage exposé that was a 2008 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Pam grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, then headed south to UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned a BA in journalism. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Goucher College. She lives with her husband, Trent Foley, in Cornelius, North Carolina. They have two grown children.

Pam Kelley
Money Rock

Pam Kelley reported for more than 30 years at the Charlotte Observer. Her awards include honors from the National Press Club, National Education Writers Association and the Society for Features Journalism. She contributed to a subprime mortgage exposé that was a 2008 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Pam grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, then headed south to UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned a BA in journalism. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Goucher College. She lives with her husband, Trent Foley, in Cornelius, North Carolina. They have two grown children.

 
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.

Kim Nelson  Daisy Cakes Bakes    Kim Nelson is the founder of Daisy Cakes, a South Carolina-based mail-order bakery that gained nationwide fans thanks to ABC's  Shark Tank . Kim and Daisy Cakes have since been featured on ABC's  World News Now, The Queen Latifah Show, The Nate Berkus Show , Anderson Cooper's  AndersonLive  show, and in an Aflak commercial.

Kim Nelson
Daisy Cakes Bakes

Kim Nelson is the founder of Daisy Cakes, a South Carolina-based mail-order bakery that gained nationwide fans thanks to ABC's Shark Tank. Kim and Daisy Cakes have since been featured on ABC's World News Now, The Queen Latifah Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Anderson Cooper's AndersonLive show, and in an Aflak commercial.

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.

 
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 Revolutionary 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 Revolutionary 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.