Confirmed Presenters
Robert Brinkmeyer Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr.

Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr. is the director of the Institute for Southern Studies, the Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English, and the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. An expert in modern and contemporary Southern literature and culture, Brinkmeyer is the author of five books, including his most recent, The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European, 1930–1950, which earned the 2010 PROSE Award by the Association of American Publishers for the best book published in literature, language and linguistics and the 2009 Warren-Brooks Award for Excellence in Literary Criticism. His research, which has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright appointment, focuses the study of and writing on a wide variety of southern writers. Brinkmeyer is editor for the USC Press series Southern Revivals, which reprints contemporary southern fiction. He is a former longtime executive board member of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.

Katherine Clark Katherine Clark

Katherine Clark holds an A.B. degree in English from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from Emory. She is the co-author of the oral biographies Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife's Story, with Onnie Lee Logan, and Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet with Eugene Walter (a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award). A former student of Martin Hames, the inspiration for the character of Norman Laney in her first novel The Headmaster's Darlings, Clark has written three additional Mountain Brook novels featuring Laney and his students—All the Governor's Men, The Harvard Bride, and The Ex-Suicide, all forthcoming from USC Press's Story River Books. Clark is currently collaborating with Pat Conroy on his oral biography, also forthcoming from USC Press. She lives on the Gulf Coast.

Jim Conroy

Jim Conroy

Jim Conroy, Pat's favorite sibling, is a regional sales manager for Ruiz Foods. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Janice. He has no idea how he earned the family nickname "the Dark One."

Kathy Conroy

Kathy Conroy Harvey

Kathy Conroy Harvey, Pat's favorite sibling, is a registered nurse with United States Marine Corps New Parent Support Program. A graduate of the Technical College of the Lowcountry, she lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her husband Bobby Joe.

Melissa Conroy

Melissa Conroy

Pat Conroy's daughter, Melissa is a visual artist. She is the author and illustrator of children's book, Poppy's Pants and the author of Grandma Is an Author, both published by Blue Apple Books.

 

Mike Conrohy

Mike Conroy

Mike Conroy, Pat's favorite sibling, retired from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and is now an agent with Exit Real Estate Solutions. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife Jean.

Mike Conrohy

Pat Conroy

A 2009 inductee in the South Carolina Hall of Fame, Pat Conroy is the author of five novels and a total of ten previous books, most recently The Death of Santini. Two of his novels, The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, were made into Oscar-nominated films. Conroy holds honorary doctorates from the University of South Carolina and the Citadel. Since 2013, Conroy has served as editor at large for Story River Books, the original southern fiction imprint of the University of South Carolina Press. Garden & Gun named his editorship of Story River Books as #10 on their list of 50 Things to Love about the South Now. Conroy's numerous awards and honors include a 2010 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts, 2005 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award, 2003 Thomas Wolfe Prize, 2002 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, 1994 South Carolina Governor's Award in the Humanities, 1981 Lillian Smith Award, 1978 Georgia Governor's Award for the Arts, and 1974 National Endowment for the Arts Award for Achievement in Education. Conroy lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with his wife, novelist Cassandra King.

Tim Conroy

Tim Conroy

Tim Conroy, Pat's favorite sibling, is a former special educator and past vice president of the South Carolina Autism Society. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife Terrye.

James Crank

James A. Crank

James A. Crank is a professor of English at the University of Alabama and the author of Understanding Sam Shepard, published in the USC Press Understanding Contemporary American Literature series. Crank holds a B.A. from Washington University in English and Performing Arts and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on representations of class, race, and sexuality in southern culture and literature. He is working on a book-length exploration of images of trash and disposability in southern culture and on two edited collections, "The Collected Short Prose of James Agee" and "New Approaches to Gone with the Wind."

Jessica Crouch

Jessica Crouch

Jessica Crouch is the archivist in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina. The department's holdings include over 160,000 items and over 50 archival collections, ranging from early medieval manuscripts and incunabula to historical scientific works and modern literature, including the Pat Conroy Archive. As the Pat Conroy Archivist, Crouch has processed the collection, curated exhibits and presented on the many treasures within the archive. Crouch holds a B.A. in history from Wofford College and a Master's of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She lives in Columbia, where she co-owns a distillery with her husband.

Bronwen Dickey

Bronwen Dickey

Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at the Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (forthcoming in 2016). Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Outside, Slate, Garden & Gun, Best American Travel Writing, the San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and the Independent Weekly, among other publications. She lives in North Carolina.

Pam Durban

Pam Durban

Pam Durban is the author of Soon: Stories, published by USC Press's Story River Books. Durban is also the author of the novels The Laughing Place (winner of the Townsend Prize), So Far Back (winner of the Lillian Smith Award), The Tree of Forgetfulness, and the short story collection All Set About with Fever Trees. Her short fiction has been published in Georgia Review, Tri-Quarterly, Southern Review, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, Epoch, New Virginia Review, Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Durban has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award as well as a James Michener Creative Writing Fellowship from the University of Iowa. With former Georgia poet laureate David Bottoms, she is founding coeditor of Five Points literary magazine. A native of Aiken, South Carolina, she is the Doris Betts Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Walter Edgar

Walter Edgar

South Carolina's preeminent historian, Walter Edgar is the Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. The host of the popular SC-ETV Radio program Walter Edgar's Journal, Edgar is the author of the landmark South Carolina: A History and editor of The South Carolina Encyclopedia and Conversations with the Conroys: Interviews with Pat Conroy and His Family, all published by USC Press. His numerous awards and honors include the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the South Carolina Governor's Award in the Humanities, and induction into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

Jonathan Galassi

Jonathan Galassi

President and publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Jonathan Galassi is a lifelong veteran of the publishing world, the setting of his recently published first novel, Muse. In 2008 he received the Maxwell E. Perkins Award, which recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who "has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the U.S." Galassi is also the author of three collections of poetry—Morning Run, North Street, and Left-Handed—as well as translations of the Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi. A former Guggenheim Fellow and poetry editor of the Paris Review, he also writes for the New York Review of Books and other publications. Galassi was one of Pat Conroy's first editors at Houghton Mifflin, a fostering a friendship that continues to this day.

Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green

Internationally acclaimed artist Jonathan Green was born and raised in the South Carolina lowcountry. Trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Green is considered one of our nation's most outstanding African American artists and a highly recognized visual master for capturing southern culture and traditions. His paintings can be found in major museum and cultural collections in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Japan, Germany, Brussels, and Sierra Leone; and his art has been incorporated into productions of ballet, music, theatre, literature, film, and video documentaries. Green's awards include the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement,an NAACP Key of Life Award, the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto,the History Makers Award in Fine Arts from the History Makers National Archives, and the Pat Conroy Palmetto Achievement Award. Green resides and paints in his studio in Charleston.

Jan Nordby Gretlund

Jan Nordby Gretlund

Jan Nordby Gretlund is a senior lecturer in American literature at the Center for American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the author and editor of many books on southern writers and culture, including Flannery O'Connor's Radical Reality, Eudora Welty's Aesthetics of Place, The Southern State of Mind, Still in Print: The Southern Novel Today, and Heads on Fire: Essays on Southern Fiction.

Jan Nordby Gretlund

Jonathan Hannah

Artist Jonathan Hannah grew up in a 300-year-old colonial house in rural Connecticut. His artistic media span digital through pen and ink and his preferred subject matters from the esoteric to the absurd. Hannah illustrated the expanded edition of Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves, written by his wife Maggie Schein and published by Pat Conroy's Story River Books. Hannah lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with Maggie Schein and her motley menagerie of rescued animals.

Jonathan Haupt

Jonathan Haupt

A co-chair of the Pat Conroy at 70 festival, Jonathan Haupt is the director of the University of South Carolina Press, a seventy-two-year-old scholarly and regional trade publishing house with more than 2,000 published books and a 2012 South Carolina Governor's Award in the Humanities to its credit. Haupt has served as the Press's director since 2012 and, prior to that, as Assistant Director for Sales and Marketing. He acquires in regional fiction, poetry, and children's and young adult literature—most notably as the sponsoring editor for Pat Conroy's Story River Books imprint, Nikky Finney's Palmetto Poetry Series, and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy's Young Palmetto Books. Haupt holds an M.A. in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He also serves on the advisory committees for the South Carolina Book Festival and Columbia's One Book, One Community.

Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry

New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry has published ten novels: Losing the MoonWhere the River RunsWhen Light BreaksBetween the TidesThe Art of Keeping SecretsDriftwood SummerThe Perfect Love SongComing up for AirAnd Then I Found You, The Stories We Tell, andmost recently The Idea of Love. Henry has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and in audiobook by Brilliance Audio. She lives with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama. 

Patti Callahan Henry

David Keith

Actor and director David Keith was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor and New Star of the Year for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. Keith appeared as antagonist Red Petus in the film adaptation of Pat Conroy's The Great Santini and in the lead role of Will McLean in the film adaptation of Conroy's The Lords of Discipline. His film and television credits include Firestarter, Heartbreak Hotel, The Indian in the Cupboard, U-571, Daredevil, Law and Order, CSI: Miami, Hawaii Five-0, and Reckless. He lives in his native Nashville with his wife Nancy Clark.

Cassandra King

Cassandra King

Cassandra King is the author of the novels Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweets Girls, Queen of the Broken Hearts, and, most recently, the critically acclaimed Moonrise, her literary homage to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Bell. King's short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Alabama Bound: The Stories of a StateBelles' Letters: Contemporary Fiction by Alabama WomenStories from Where We Live, and Stories from The Blue Moon Café. Aside from writing fiction, she has taught writing on the college level, conducted corporate writing seminars, worked as a human-interest reporter for a Pelham, Alabama, weekly paper, and published an article on her second-favorite pastime, cooking, in Cooking Light magazine. A native of L.A. (Lower Alabama), King currents lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy, whom she met when he wrote a blurb for Making Waves.

John Lane

John Lane

John Lane is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including My Paddle to the Sea; Begin with Rock, End with Water; and most recently Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2012 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award for Poetry. A professor of English and director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Lane is a 2014 inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors. His first novel, Fate Moreland's Widow, was published by the Story River Books imprint of USC Press.

Ellen Malphrus

Ellen Malphrus

Ellen Malphrus lives and writes in her native Carolina lowcountry and southwest Montana. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Southern Literary Journal, Review of Contemporary Fiction, William and Mary Review, Georgia Poetry Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and the anthology Essence of Beaufort and the Lowcountry. She was a student of James Dickey and teaches at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Malphrus's first novel, Untying the Moon, will be published in October by USC Press's Story River Books. She is a co-chair of the Pat Conroy at 70 festival.

Ray McManus

Ray McManus

Ray McManus is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter. McManus is the author of four books of poetry: Punch, Red Dirt Jesus, Left Behind, and Driving through the Country before You Are Born (winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Award). His poetry and prose have appeared in Los Angeles Review, Arkansas Review, Texas Poetry Review, Hard Lines: An Anthology of Rough South Poetry, State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume 2, and other journals and anthologies. McManus is a contributor to and coeditor of Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections, which is published jointly by Pat Conroy's Story River Books imprint and Nikky Finney's Palmetto Poetry Series.

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty novels and children's books. She explores the parallels between nature and human nature. Her new novel, The Summer's End, is the final book in a trilogy set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, following The Summer Girls and The Summer Wind. Monroe has received numerous awards, including the 2008 SC Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 SC Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing, the 2015 SW Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award, The RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. Monroe lives and writes on the Isle of Palms. She is currently collaborating with Pat Conroy on a nonfiction book about South Carolina's famous white dolphin Snowball and the creation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Eric Morris

Eric Morris

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Eric Morris is a production designer for stage and teaches at the University of South Carolina. Morris holds an M.F.A. from Western Illinois University and a B.A from Augusta College. His professional work includes productions for dance, theatre, opera, live music stages, and trade shows. Morris writes and records as one half of the musical duo Classes of Dynamo. He lives with his wife and son in Columbia, South Carolina. Published by USC Press's Story River Books, Jacob Jump is his first novel.

Eric Morris

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for his role as Ben Meechum in the film adaptation of Pat Conroy's The Great Santini. An actor, writer, director, and producer, O'Keefe has appeared in the films Michael Clayton, Frozen River, Ironweed, and Caddyshack, and in the television series The West Wing, Law and Order, House M.D., and, most recently, in Homeland and King and Maxwell. A poet and songwriter, he is the author of the poetry collection Swimming from under My Father. O'Keefe is married to the actress Emily Donahoe.

Mark Powell

Mark Powell

Mark Powell has been called the finest Appalachian novelist of his generation by best-selling author Ron Rash. Published by USC Press's Story River Books, Powell's fourth novel The Sheltering won the Bronze Medal for Fiction in the Florida Book Awards and the Bronze Medal for Contemporary Fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Powell is the author of three previous novels, Prodigals (nominated for the Cabell First Novelist Award), Blood Kin (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel), and The Dark Corner. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. Powell holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He is an associate professor of English at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and for three years taught a fiction workshop at Lawtey Correctional Institute, a level II prison in Raiford, Florida.

Ron Rash

Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times best-selling novel Serena, in addition to five other novels, including One Foot in EdenSaints at the River, The World Made Straight, and most recently Above the Waterfall. He is also the author of four collections of poems and five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.

Tom Rash

Tom Rash

Tom Rash is the coordinator of orientation, advising, and student support at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina. He is also a freelance editor and writer whose work has appeared in the South Carolina Review, the Raleigh News and Observer, and Our State, among other publications. Rash is currently working on a documentary on the influence of Thomas Wolfe's novel Look Homeward, Angel on writers such as Pat Conroy, Robert Morgan, William Gay, Charles Frazier, Ron Rash, and others. He lives in Thomas Wolfe's hometown of Asheville with his wife Susan and two children, David and Miranda.

Sallie Ann Robinson

Sallie Ann Robinson

Chef and cultural historian Sallie Ann Robinson is a native of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, and the author of the cookbooks Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way and Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night. Robinson was among the students taught by Pat Conroy on Daufuskie Island and appearing (as Ethel) in Conroy's The Water Is Wide. Robinson continues to cook and write in her native lowcountry.

Marly Rusoff

Marly Rusoff

Literary agent and publisher Marly Rusoff is a former publishing executive who worked at Houghton Mifflin, where she helped launch of The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, as well as books by Margaret Atwood, Tim O'Brien, Paul Theroux, and many others. She later became associate publisher and VP at Doubleday and William Morrow. In 2001 she opened Marly Rusoff & Assoc. Literary Agency in Bronxville, New York. As an agent, she represents novelists Pat Conroy, Arthur Phillips, Ron Rash, Debra Dean, Cassandra King, Masha Hamilton, Jonathan Odell, and Kimberly McCreight, among others. Her nonfiction list includes historical works by Alice Kaplan, Michael Phillip, as well as memoirs by Patricia Hampl, Kathe Lison and Deborah Rodriquez.

Valerie Sayers

Valerie Sayers

Beaufort native Valerie Sayers is the author of six novels, including her most recent, The Powers. Brain Fever and Who Do You Love were named "Notable Books" by the New York Times, and a film, Due East, was based on Due East and How I Got Him Back. Her stories and essays appear widely and have received a Pushcart Prize and citations from Best American Stories and Best American Essays. Recipient of an NEA fellowship in literature, Sayers is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

Bernie Schein

Bernie Schein

Retired educator Bernie Schein is the author of Famous all over Town: A Novel published by USC Press's Story River Books. Schein is also the author of If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom: Inspiring Love, Creativity, and Intelligence in Middle School Kids and, with his wife, Martha Schein, coauthor of Open Classrooms in the Middle School. He holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University with an emphasis in educational psychology. A forty-year veteran of middle school instruction and administration, Schein has served as the principal of schools in Mississippi and South Carolina and helped found the independent Paideia School in Atlanta, where he was honored as Atlanta's District Teacher of the Year in 1978. His stories and essays have appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Weekly, the Beaufort Gazette, Creative Loafing, Lowcountry Weekly, and the Mississippi Educational Advance, and he has been interviewed on National Public Radio.

Maggie Schein

Maggie Schein

A native of Atlanta, and now a resident of the South Carolina lowcountry, Maggie Schein was raised on stories. Schein holds a Ph.D. in ethics from the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought. An admirer of Taoist and Buddhist texts, philosophies, and practices, as well as the works of naturalists and Native American storytellers, Schein brings a wealth of complementary and conflicting perspectives to her imaginative, lyrical fiction. She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her motley menagerie of rescued animals and artist Jonathan Hannah. A collection of fables, Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves is Schein's first book. The expanded edition published by USC Press's Story River Books includes illustrations by Jonathan Hannah and, included with the limited edition hardcover, select stories narrated by two-time Grammy winner Janis Ian.

Catherine Seltzer

Catherine Seltzer

The author Understanding Pat Conroy and co-chair of the Pat Conroy at 70 festival, Catherine Seltzer is currently writing an unauthorized biography of Conroy. Seltzer is an associate professor of English and women's studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the author of Elizabeth Spencer's Complicated Cartographies: Reimagining Home, the South, and Southern Literary Production. She lives in St. Louis.

Catherine Seltzer Mark Shaffer

Mark Shaffer is an award-winning journalist and writer with more than three decades of experience to his credit. A South Carolina native, Shaffer is the features editor for Lowcountry Weekly and his work as a writer, interviewer, and photographer is well known to Lowcountry residents.

Mark Sibley-Jones

Mark Sibley-Jones

John Mark Sibley-Jones teaches English at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Prior to moving to Greenville, he taught English literature for fifteen years at the University of South Carolina, where he won several teaching awards, including the Michael A. Hill Outstanding Honors Faculty Award. Sibley-Jones has published more than fifty academic and professional articles and two short stories. He has been a finalist in several national fiction competitions. By the Red Glare is his first novel, published in USC Press's Story River Books imprint.

Nan Talese

Nan Talese

Nan A. Talese is senior vice president of Doubleday and, since 1990, editorial director of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, an imprint known for literary excellence. A veteran of New York publishing, Talese began her editing career at Random House, and later at Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin. She has edited the work of many acclaimed writers, including Pat Conroy, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, James Michener, Rosalynn Carter, Jennifer Egan, Antonia Fraser, Barry Unsworth, Valerie Martin, and Thomas Keneally. In 2005, Talese was the inaugural recipient of the Maxwell E. Perkins Award of the Center for Fiction, honoring an editor, publisher, or agent who "has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the U.S." She is married to the writer Gay Talese.

Daniel Cross Turner

Daniel Cross Turner

Daniel Cross Turner the author of Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South and coeditor of Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture and of the forthcoming anthology Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. His numerous scholarly essays, interviews, and reviews focus on modern and contemporary southern writers. Turner is an associate professor of English at Coastal Carolina University.

John Warley

John Warley

John Warley is the author of A Southern Girl, the first novel published by Story River Books. A native South Carolinian, Warley is a graduate of the Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced law in Virginia until 1993, when he moved to Mexico to write and teach. Now a full-time writer, Warley divides his time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. His previous books include Bethesda's Child and The Moralist. He and his late wife, Barbara, have three sons, Caldwell, Nelson, and Carter, born in Newport News, Virginia, and a daughter, MaryBeth, born in Seoul, South Korea.

Marjory Wentworth

Marjory Wentworth

Marjory Wentworth's poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. Her books of poetry include Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, and New and Selected Poems. She is the coauthor with Juan Mendez of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights, co-editor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking: Poetry and Prose inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green, and the author of the prizewinning children's story Shackles. Wentworth is on the faculty at the Art Institute of Charleston. She is the cofounder and former president of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts. She serves on the editorial board of the University of South Carolina's Palmetto Poetry Series, and she is the poetry editor for Charleston Currents. Wentworth's work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University, and she is the Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

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