Confirmed Presenters

Scheduled to Appear

Katherine Clark Elizabeth Cox Ronald Daise Carla Damron Nathalie Dupree Pam Durban Margaret Shinn Evans Dorothea Benton Frank Jesse Graves Shani Gilchrist Jonathan Haupt Josephine Humphreys Cassandra King Bren McClain Jill McCorkle Rob McDonald Ray McManus James E. McTeer II Ellen Malphrus Susan Laughter Meyers Ben McC. Moïse Mary Alice Monroe Michele Moore Mark Powell Ron Rash Sallie Ann Robinson Aïda Rogers Lawrence S. Rowland Bernie Schein Maggie Schein Nicole Seitz Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens Shari Stauch Daniel Cross Turner Zackary Vernon John Warley Marjory Wentworth Randall Wilhelm

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). Winner of the 2016 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction for her debut novel The Headmaster's Darlings: A Mountain Brook Novel, Clark has written three additional Mountain Brook novels in this series—All the Governor's Men, The Harvard Bride, and The Ex-Suicide, all forthcoming from USC Press's Story River Books. Clark's oral biography of Pat Conroy is also forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press. She lives on the Gulf Coast.
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Jim Conroy Elizabeth Cox

Elizabeth Cox is the author of the novel A Question of Mercy, forthcoming in October by USC Press's Story River Books. Her previous books include poetry and short story collections as well as four other novels: The Ragged Way People Fall out of Love, Night Talk (winner of the Lillian Smith Award and a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), Familiar Ground, and The Slow Moon. She is a contributing writer to Carolina Writers at Home. Cox's honors include the Robert Penn Warren Award and the North Carolina Fiction Award, and she has been inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Cox taught creative writing at Duke University, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts–Lowell, Tufts University, Boston University, MIT, Bennington College, and most recently at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she shared the John Cobb Chair with her husband, C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor for the Atlantic.
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Kathy Conroy Ronald Daise

A contributing essayist to volume 2 of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love and costar of Sounds of the Cigar Factory, performing artist and writerRonald Daise is the author of Gullah Branches, West African Roots, and other books. Costar and cultural consultant for Gullah Gullah Island, Nick Jr. TV's award-winning show of the 1990s, he is vice president for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens and a former chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. Daise is the recipient of the 1996 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the 1997 State of South Carolina Folk Heritage Award, a 1998 Daytime Emmy Award nomination, the 2007 South Carolina African American Heritage Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction in 2013 into the Penn Center 1862 Circle.
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Melissa Conroy

Carla Damron

South Carolinian Carla Damron is a fiction writer, clinical social worker, and author of the The Stone Necklace, published by USC Press's Story River Books and selected as the 2016 One Book, One Community "big read" for Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina. Damron is also the author of the Caleb Knowles mystery novels Keeping Silent, Spider Blue, and Death in Zooville in which she explores addiction, homelessness, and other social issues. Her short stories have appeared in Fall Lines, Six Minute Magazine, Melusine, In Posse Review, and other journals. Named the 2014 South Carolina Social Worker of the Year, Damron holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Queens University and a master's degree in social work from the University of South Carolina.
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Mike Conrohy

Nathalie Dupree

Nathalie Dupree is a best-selling author with thirteen hardcover and two softcover cookbooks and more than 300 television shows for the Food Network, PBS, and the Learning Channel. She has been prominently featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune as well as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Garden, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. Dupree has won James Beard Awards four times, for Southern Memories, Comfortable Entertaining, and Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, and when recognized as "Who's Who in American Cuisine." The founding chair of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, she also was a founder of Southern Foodways, the Atlanta and Charleston Chapters of Les Dames d' Escoffier, the American Institute of Wine and Food, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, of which she was twice president. A contributing essayist to the original State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Dupree writes for the Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston Magazine, and Local Palate. She lives in Charleston with her husband, journalist and author Jack Bass.
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Mike Conrohy

Pam Durban

Pam Durban is a contributing writer to Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections and to volume 2 of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love. She is the author of Soon: Stories, published by USC Press's Story River Books and winner of the 2015 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best work of fiction by a North Carolina writer. Durban's earlier books include 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, ShenandoahCrazyhorse, 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.
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Tim Conroy

Margaret Shinn Evans

Margaret Shinn Evans is the publisher and editor of Lowcountry Weekly, where she has been provoking readers with her regular Rants and Raves column since 1999. Her articles and essays have also appeared in various publications throughout the Southeast, most recently South: Essays and Images and State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume 2. She is the former editor of Beaufort Magazine and former assistant to Pat Conroy. She earned a B.A. in English from Sewanee and an M.A. in English from the University of Alabama. Margaret lives in Beaufort with her husband Jeff and daughter Amelia.
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James Crank

Dorothea Benton Frank

A 2015 inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, best-selling novelist Dorothea Benton Frank is a lowcountry native. Her first novel, Sullivan's Island (2000), debuted on the New York Times best-seller list at number nine and sold more than one million copies internationally. Frank has since authored sixteen additional best-selling novels, most recently All the Single Ladies and All Summer Long. With husband Peter Richard Frank, she divides her time between the South Carolina lowcountry and Montclair, New Jersey.
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Jessica Crouch

Jesse Graves

Jesse Graves is an associate professor of English and poet-in-residence at East Tennessee State University. His first collection of poetry, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, won the 2011 Weatherford Award in Poetry from Berea College, Book of the Year in Poetry Award from the Appalachian Writers' Association, and the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. His second collection of poems, Basin Ghosts, won the 2014 Weatherford Award in Poetry. Graves received the 2014 Philip H. Freund Prize for Creative Writing from Cornell University, and the 2015 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.He has edited several volumes of poetry and scholarship, including three volumes of the Southern Poetry Anthology, and the forthcoming Complete Poems of James Agee.
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Bronwen Dickey

Shani Gilchrist

Freelance writer and journalist Shani Gilchrist is a contributing essayist to volume 2 of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love. Her work has appeared in Literary Hub, Role Reboot, Free Times, Columbia Metropolitan, DiscoverSouthCarolina.com, The Equals, volume 1, and elsewhere. She is a columnist with Muses & Visionaries magazine, and lives in Charleston with her husband Aaron and their two sons.
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Pam Durban

Jonathan Haupt

Founding director of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival and 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. He is the sponsoring editor for the Story River Books imprint founded by Pat Conroy, Nikky Finney's Palmetto Poetry Series, and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy's Young Palmetto Books series. Haupt has served on the boards of the South Carolina Book Festival, Deckle Edge Literary Festival, One Columbia for Arts and History, and Columbia's One Book, One Community. He lives near Columbia with his wife Lorene.
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Walter Edgar

Josephine Humphreys

Charleston native Josephine Humphreys is the award-winning author of four novels, Dreams of Sleep, Rich in Love, The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth. She is a contributing essayist to Carolina Writers at Home and to volume 2 of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love. Humphreys graduated from Duke University where she studied with Reynolds Price. A member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she lives on Sullivan's Island with her husband Tom Hutcheson, and their dog Archie.
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Jonathan Galassi

Cassandra King

A native of L.A. (Lower Alabama), 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. King lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, where she made her home with her late husband Pat Conroy, whom she met when he wrote a blurb for her first novel, Making Waves.
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Jan Nordby Gretlund

Bren McClain

Bren McClain is the author of One Good Mama Bone, a novel forthcoming in February 2017 from USC Press's Story River Books. A former journalist and director of media relations, McClain is a freelance writer, editor, and communications coach in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a native of Anderson, South Carolina, a former board member of the South Carolina Writers Workshop. McClain has received awards and fellowships from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Fiction Project, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, the North Carolina Writer's Workshop, and others.
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Jan Nordby Gretlund

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle has the distinction of having her first two novels published on the same day in 1984. Of these novels, the New York Times Book Review said, "One suspects the author of The Cheer Leader is a born novelist, with July 7th, she is also a full grown one." Since then she has published three other novels—most recently Life After Life, and four collections of short stories. She is a contributing essayist to Carolina Writers at Home. McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She has taught at NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, and Brandeis where she was the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years where she also chaired Creative Writing. McCorkle is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and she is also a frequent instructor in the Sewanee Summer Writers Program. McCorkle lives with her husband, photographer Tom Rankin, in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
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Jonathan Haupt

Rob McDonald

Photographer of Carolina Writers at Home Rob McDonald teaches literature and writing at Virginia Military Institute, where he is associate dean of the faculty. The recipient of a 2013 visual arts fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, he was a nominee for the 2014 Vienna PhotoBook Prize. McDonald is a native of rural Marion County, South Carolina.
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Patti Callahan Henry

Ray McManus

Ray McManus is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter and directs the SC Center for Oral Narrative. McManus is the author of four books of poetry: Punch. (winner of the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award for Poetry), 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 Red Truck Review, Prairie Schooner, The Good Men Project, Hard Lines: An Anthology of Rough South Poetry, State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume 2, and elsewhere. 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. McManus lives in Lexington, South Carolina, with his wife Lindsay and their three children.
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Patti Callahan Henry

James E. McTeer II

Born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, James E. McTeer II won the 2015 South Carolina First Novel Prize for his novel Minnow. A school librarian in Columbia, he is the grandson of the late J. E. McTeer, whose thirty-seven years as High Sheriff of the Lowcountry (and local witch doctor) served as inspiration for the book. Minnow has gone on to win a regional Gold IPPY, received starred reviews from Kirkus and Library Journal, and was called a "fabulous tale" by Pat Conroy. McTeer lives in Columbia with his wife, infant son, and two dogs.
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Cassandra King

Ellen Malphrus

Associate director of the Pat Conory Literary Festival, Ellen Malphrus lives 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 creative writing and Southern literature at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Malphrus's first novel, Untying the Moon, is published by USC Press's Story River Books. She served as co-chair of the 2015 Pat Conroy at 70 festival.
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John Lane

Susan Laughter Meyers

A contributing poet to Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections, Susan Laughter Meyers is the author of two poetry collections: My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass was published as the inaugural winner of the Cider Press Review Editors Prize and Keep and Give Away was the inaugural winner of the South Carolina Poetry Prize and subsequently the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Poetry Book Prize. Her chapbook Lessons in Learning received the Persephone Press Book Award. Meyers's work has also appeared in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, and other journals and anthologies. A longtime writing instructor, she has an M.F.A. degree from Queens University of Charlotte.
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Ellen Malphrus

Ben McC. Moïse

Ben McC. Moïse was a game warden with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources from 1978 to 2002. In recognition of his achievements in law enforcement, he was presented the Guy Bradley Award by the North American Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1990 and the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto in 1994. He has been a long time book reviewer for Charleston's Post and Courier and has written for the Charleston Mercury, Garden and Gun, and Sporting Classics. Moïse is the author of Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden: A Memoir, which was recognized in 2009 as the Best Outdoor Book by the Southeastern Outdoor Professional Writers Association. A Garden and Gun Magazine review described it as "sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing…this book is for the outdoorsman or anyone who craves the true tales of an alligator-wrestling, drug-cartel-snuffing undercover badass." Moïse is the editor of A Southern Sportsman: The Hunting Memoirs of Henry Edwards Davis and a contributing essayist to volume 2 of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers and the Places They Love andthe new illustrated edition of Archibald Rutledge's Claws. He lives in Charleston with his wife Anne.
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Ray McManus

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels and children's books. Her writing explores the parallels between nature and human nature. Her newest novels, A Lowcountry Wedding and A Lowcountry Christmas, continue what began as her acclaimed dolphin-themed Lowcountry Summer trilogy. Her novel The Beach House is being adapted for film with Andie MacDowell. Monroe has received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing, the 2015 Southwest 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.
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Mary Alice Monroe

Michele Moore

Georgia native Michele Moore is the author of the historical novel The Cigar Factory and the writer and director of its dramatic reading performance Sounds of the Cigar Factory, which has been performed at the Trident Technical College's Palmer Campus in the shadow of the actual Charleston Cigar Factory and, as a Piccolo Spoleto selection, at Charleston's Footlight Players Theatre. Moore was a 2006 finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Literature. Her creative nonfiction has been broadcast on Georgia Public Radio and published in the Louisville Review, Habersham Review, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Groundwater, and O, Georgia. Moore has also won awards and grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.
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Eric Morris

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. He 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. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. A contributing fiction writer to Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library's Digital Collections, Powell teaches at Appalachian State University.
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Mark Powell

Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times best-selling novel Serena, in addition to six other novels, most recently Above the Waterfall and The Risen. He is also the author of five 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.
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Ron Rash

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.
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Tom Rash

Aïda Rogers

Aïda Rogers is a writer and editor whose feature journalism has won national and regional awards. Rogers is the editor of volumes 1 and 2 of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, coeditor of volumes 1 and 2 of Writing South Carolina: Selections from the Annual High School Writing Contest, and coauthor of Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full, a guide to some of South Carolina's most beloved restaurants. She holds a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and lives in Columbia, where she writes and edits for the South Carolina Honors College at USC, consistently ranked one of the top public honors colleges in the country.
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Sallie Ann Robinson

Lawrence S. Rowland

When it comes to the history of Beaufort, South Carolina, Lawrence S. Rowland wrote the book on it—three of them, in fact. He is the co-author of The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina: Volume 1, 1514–1861; Rebellion, Reconstruction, Redemption, 1861–1893: The History of Beaufort County, Volume 2; and Bridging the Sea Island's Past and Present, 1893–2006: The History of Beaufort County, Volume 3. Rowland is a distinguished professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort and past president of the South Carolina Historical Society. He lives on Saint Helena Island with his wife, the former Margot Hunter.
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Marly Rusoff

Bernie Schein

Retired educator and Beaufort native 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.
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Valerie Sayers

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 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.
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Bernie Schein

Nicole Seitz

Nicole Seitz is the editor of When You Pass through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors and the author of six novels set in her native South Carolina Lowcountry—most recently Beyond Molasses Creek and The Inheritance of Beauty. Her novels have been named to annual best-of lists from Library Journal, Southern Living, Romantic Times, IndieBound, and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.Her short stories and essays have been published or performed in the Charleston City Paper, Literary Dogs and Their South Carolina Authors, and Listen to Your Mother. She's also written or illustrated for South Carolina Magazine, the Island Packet, Moultrie News, House Calls Magazine, and others. Seitz holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives in Charleston where she teaches art and summer workshops for creative writing and illustration. Her seventh novel, The Cage-maker, is forthcoming from USC Press's Story River Books.
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Maggie Schein

Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens

Actress Barbara Bates Smith's Off-Broadway performance of "Ivy Rowe," adapted from Lee Smith's novel Fair and Tender Ladies, has led to her extensive touring of Lee Smith's works, recently adding those of Ron Rash. Her performance "Go, Granny D!" tours nationwide celebrating a 90-year-old crusader's trek across the U.S. for election reform. Smith's monologues and "Our Own Stories" workshops are also parts of her touring repertoire.

Musician Jeff Sebens builds and plays a variety of instruments—including lap dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, mandolins, and guitars—from his musical base in Cana, Virginia, teaching at John Campbell Folk School and other regional craft venues. For more than ten years he has been touring with Smith, accompanying her touring shows with his handcrafted instruments and original music.
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Catherine Seltzer

Shari Stauch

Founder of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing, and PR for thirty years. She is the  author of four non-fiction books as well as an award-winning essayist and fiction writer. She is the principal author of the WWW blog, and works with authors and publishers around the country, helping them market themselves and their work to find more readers. Where Writers Win offers access to vetted book reviewers, live and virtual book clubs, and other curated resources for authors and publishers. Shari and her husband Jeff live near Charleston.
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Catherine Seltzer Daniel Cross Turner

Daniel Cross Turner, an associate professor of English at Coastal Carolina University, is the author of Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South and coeditor Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. His numerous essays have appeared in Five Points, Genre, Mosaic, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Quarterly, and South Carolina Review, and in edited collections. Turner recently coedited with William Wright Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry, an anthology including more than 200 poems by 77 contemporary southern poets.
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Mark Sibley-Jones

Zackary Vernon

Zackary Vernon is an assistant professor of English at Appalachian State University. He has articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Studies in the NovelJournal of Modern LiteratureISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Journal of American Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, Appalachian Journal, Fifty Years after Faulkner, and The Bohemian South. With Randall Wilhelm, Vernon is coeditor of Summoning the Dead: Critical Essays on Ron Rash, forthcoming from USC Press.
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Nan Talese John Warley

John Warley is the author of A Southern Girl, the first novel published by USC Press's Story River Books. A native South Carolinian, Warley is a graduate of the Citadel and the University of the 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, and he is currently writing a modern history of the Citadel. 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.
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Daniel Cross Turner

Marjory Wentworth

Coauthor of We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel, South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth has 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 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.
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John Warley

Randall Wilhelm

Randall Wilhelm, an assistant professor at Anderson University, is the editor of The Ron Rash Reader and coeditor with Zackary Vernon of Summoning the Dead: Critical Essays on Ron Rash, forthcoming from USC Press. He holds degrees in both visual art and literature and has published articles on Southern and Appalachian writers as well as interdisciplinary studies on the relationship between literature, music, and visual art. His work has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Faulkner Journal, Southern Quarterly, Hemingway Review, and Appalachian Journal, among others, and he is a regular contributor to the Casebook Series on Cormac McCarthy.
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