2014 Authors

Gilbert Allen is the author of six collections of poems: In Everything, Second Chances, Commandments at Eleven, Driving to Distraction, Body Parts, and Catma.  His work has received The Robert Penn Warren Prize from The Southern Review and has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily.  He is …


Andrew Geyer’s newest book project is the story anthology A Shared Voice, published by Lamar University Press in 2013 and recently named a 2013 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist. He is the author of Dixie Fish (2011), a novel; Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin (2010), a …


Monique Blanchette Jacobs joined the Riverbanks team in 2001 and currently serves as manager of Riverbanks Society, communications manager for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, and editor of Riverbanks magazine. Previously Jacobs served in membership marketing at a national nonprofit association and coowned a coffee-house in Boone, North Carolina. Riverbanks Zoo: …


Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels and two children’s books.  Mary Alice writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novels are published worldwide.  She has achieved many lists, including …


Karen White is the award-winning author of sixteen previous books, including After the Rain, The Time Between, Folly Beach, Falling Home, and such Tradd Street novels as The Strangers on Montagu Street and The Girl on Legare Street. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia. Compulsively Readable: Titans of Fiction …


Leo Twiggs is a professor emeritus at S.C. State University where he was chair of the Art Department and director of the museum. Presently, he is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Palmetto Profiles: The Guide to the SC Hall of Fame | Sunday May 18th, …


Founder and Editor of Jasper Magazine, Cynthia Boiter is the author of Buttered Biscuits – Short Stories from the South (2012), Red Social with artist Alejandro Garcia-Lemos (2013), editor of A Sense of the Midlands (2014) and The Limelight – A Compendium of Contemporary Columbia Artists (2013), contributor to Hub …


Poet, activist, mother, and Professor Nikki Giovanni was born June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee. While a student at Fisk University, she re-established the campus’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Chapter in 1965. Over the span of thirty years, Nikki has received nineteen honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and …


Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee Suzanne Kamata is the critically acclaimed author and/or editor of seven books including, most recently, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible (GemmaMedia, May 2013). Her next novel, Screaming Divas (Merit Press, May 2014) is about an all-girl punk rock band in underground 1980s Columbia, South …


Jason Mott holds a B.A. in fiction and an M.F.A. in poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2014 NAACP Image Award and the 2009 …


Jeremy Whitley is the writer/creator of Princeless from Action Lab Comics.  He is also a frequent comic book writer and contributor for a number of different projects including My Little Pony and NFL RushZone.  He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his lovely wife Alicia and their adventure seeking daughter, …


Karen Petit of Columbia is the creator of the “Shandon’s Ivy League” Mystery Series for young readers. The series, which follows the adventures of a group of pets that solve crimes, will add Book 5, “The Mystery of the Perils of Paris, this fall. She also is the author of …


Teresa Bruce’s first memoir “The Other Mother: a rememoir” earned the blurb of all blurbs from Pat Conroy who not only said “Mark my words, Teresa Bruce will be one of the next great American authors,” but proceeded to give her book to all the important women in his life. …


Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, is an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. It features Elliott Lisbon, a mostly amateur sleuth who has a slight aversion to all things germy and is only five …


Terry Kay, author of the Southern classic To Dance with the White Dog, is a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Three of his novels have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. He is a four-time Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association. …


Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Apology, winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize.  His memoir Sleep in Me was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was recently translated into Chinese.  His poetry collections include The Translator’s Diary, winner of the 2007 …


Tom Worley, a 1968 graduate of the Citadel and former member of the F Company, practices law in Charleston, South Carolina. Worley is currently working on a new collection of short stories and a novel. More than Meets the Eye: The Art of the Short Story | Saturday May 17th, …


Tim Conroy was born in 1957 as the second to the youngest and sweetest child of a Marine family at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. He worked as a special educator in South Carolina until retirement. He loves to break bread and share wine with his radical librarian wife, …


Stephen Chesley is a semi-abstract artist working primarily in oils, charcoal, and metal. His work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions and has been honored with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Archibald Rutledge’s  Claws | Saturday May 17th, 11:20 am – …


Barbara G.S. Hagerty is a poet, writer, photographer and visual essayist who was born in Charleston, SC, and received BA and MA degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.  Her columns, essays, articles and poems have appeared nationwide in a variety of magazines, newspapers and literary journals.  Her visual essays, combining …


Jessica Khoury is of Syrian and Scottish descent and was born in Toccoa, Georgia. She wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since …


Tom Poland writes columns for newspapers and journals in Georgia and South Carolina about the South and its people, traditions, lifestyle, and culture. In addition Poland has coauthored Save the Last Dance for Me: A Love Story of the Shag and the Society of Southern Stranders. Poland lives in Columbia. …


Ron Rash is the author of The Cove and of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four collections of stories, …


Kathy Harvey was born in 1953 as the middle child of the Conroy family at Cherry Point, North Carolina. She has worked as a R.N. with the New Parent Support Program for the past 21 years, teaching active duty Marines and their dependents to be nurturing parents just like Santini. Kathy won …


James E. Clyburn has represented South Carolina’s sixth district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993, and he currently serves as assistant Democratic leader of the House. He has been married to the former Emily England since June 1961, and they have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. …


South Carolina native Rachel Haynie is a freelance writer and editor for regional publications and corporate communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina. A New Adventure: Young Palmetto Books | Saturday May 17th, 2:00 pm – 2:50 …


Cassandra King is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise (2013), her literary homage to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Moonrise is a Fall 2013 Okra Pick and a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) bestseller. It has been described as “her finest book to date.” Fellow …


Philip N. Racine is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is the editor of The Fiery Trail: A Union Officer’s Account of Sherman’s Last Campaign, Piedmont Farmer: The Journals of David Golightly Harris, 1855 – 1870, and Gentlemen Merchants: …


Amy Carol Reeves has a PhD in nineteenth-century British literature. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina where she works as an Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College and writes young adult books. When not teaching, writing, or spending time with her family, she likes jogging with her Labrador retriever, …


Kathie Bennett is first and foremost a passionate reader. So it came as no surprise when Kathie, a successful community fundraiser who has spearheaded many philanthropic efforts throughout the South, founded Magic Time Literary Agency in 2008. It was her way of responding to the need she perceived within the publishing arena, …


Sonja Condit received her MFA from Converse College, where she studied with Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, R.T. Smith, and Marlin Barton. Her short fiction has appeared in Shenandoah Magazine, among other publications. She plays principal bassoon in the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, and she teaches …


Tommy Hays is the Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and Lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts program at UNC Asheville. He teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Murray State University.  A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he received his BA in English …


John Lane is an avid paddler and place-based educator, whose outdoor adventure prose has appeared in Outside, American White Water, Canoe, South Carolina Wildlife, and many other periodicals. His long essays, “River Wild” (on paddling fifty-nine miles of the Youghiogheny River) and “Confluence: Pacolet River,” appeared in the anthologies Heart …


Fred W. Sauceman celebrates the foodways and culture of his native Appalachia through books, magazine articles, newspaper columns, radio, television, and documentary films. His home base is the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Buttermilk and Bible Burgers is his fourth book published by Mercer University Press. …


Randy Spencer is a physician and poet living outside Chapin. He has published two poetry chapbooks, “The Failure of Magic” and “What the Body Knows,” and has been included in national literary journals and anthologies. His poem in A Sense of the Midlands portrays the experience of kayaking on Lake …


Michael Leleux is the founder of All Things Author™,a boutique agency specializing in strategic branding, marketing, web design, and social media marketing for the literary community.  Leleux’s considerable experience in brand development, design for print and web, and consumer marketing and social media includes:  Zunda Group, The Dannon Company, Inwork, …


Carolyn Newton Curry holds a BA in English from Agnes Scott College and MA and Ph.D. degrees in History from Georgia State University. She has taught at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and The University of Kentucky. Curry is the founder and chair of Women Alone Together®, a non-profit foundation …


Marvin Chernoff founded Chernoff/Silver in 1974.  Chernoff made the transition from a successful political consultant to the creative force behind one of the most respected and aggressive public relations, public affairs and advertising agencies in the southeast.  And he did it without training or experience. Among his many awards are …


Cate Lineberry was a staff writer and Europe editor for National Geographic Magazine and the web editor for Smithsonian Magazine. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, she lives in the greater Washington, DC, area. Heroism and Struggle: Untold Stories of WWII …


James Scott is an award-winning writer and former reporter and investigative journalist with the Charleston, South Carolina, Post and Courier. Scott’s first book, The Attack on the Liberty, was awarded the 2010 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Excellence in Naval Literature by the Naval Order of the United States and …


Ms. Dupree is the author of twelve cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (coauthored with Cynthia Graubart), Southern Biscuits (with Graubart), and two other James Beard Award winners: Nathalie Dupree’s Southern Memories and Nathalie Dupree’s Comfortable Entertaining. She was awarded the Grand Dame of …


Nina de Gramont is the author of the acclaimed Meet Me at the River and Every Little Thing in the World as well as the story collection Of Cats and Men and the adult novel The Gossip of Starlings. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Harvard Review, Nerve, and Seventeen. …


Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist, is the bestseller author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including Violet Clay, Father Melancholy’s Daughter, Evensong, The Good Husband, and Evenings at Five. She is also the author of The Making of a Writer, her journal in two volumes (with editor Rob Neufeld). …


The G. L. Toole Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Tom Mack has written over 100 articles and chapters about American cultural history.  His book titles include Circling the Savannah (The History Press), Hidden History of Aiken County (The History Press), A Shared Voice (Lamar University …


Jon Sealy is the author of The Whiskey Baron (Hub City Press, 2014). A native of upstate South Carolina, he is currently a freelance writer in Richmond, Virginia. Southern Fiction Revival | Saturday May 17th, 3:20 pm – 4:10 pm, Richland Meeting Room A,B,C


Kate Salley Palmer is a native of Orangeburg and former nationally syndicated political cartoonist at The Greenville News, where she won the Freedom Foundation’s George Washington medal for editorial cartooning in 1981.  In the 90’s she wrote and/or illustrated over 15 picture books for national publishers. In 1998, she and …


Walter Edgar is Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus and host of the popular SC-ETV Radio program, “Walter Edgar’s Journal.” Blessed Experiences | Saturday May 17th, 12:40 pm – 1:30 pm, Richland Meeting Room A,B,C Palmetto Profiles: The Guide to the SC Hall of Fame …


The Death of Santini

Pat Conroy, born in Atlanta in 1945, was the first of seven children of a young career military officer from Chicago and a Southern beauty from Alabama, to whom Pat often credits for his love of language. The Conroys moved frequently to military bases throughout the South, with Conroy eventually …


Dave McDonald is the author/illustrator of Hamster S.A.M. Odd-ventures in Space!, a humorous early middle grade graphic novel for readers 7-10.  For 30 years, McDonald has written, produced and presented award-winning children’s educational and entertainment programming for television, theme parks, museums, libraries and schools. An accredited teaching artist, he shows …


Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog. The Madman’s Daughter and Her …


Kami Kinard enjoys writing humor for teens and tweens. She is the author of The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy (Scholastic 2014). Kinard’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces have appeared in anthologies and periodicals for children and adults.  Her debut novel, The Boy Project: Notes and Observations …


W. Eric Emerson is a trustee of the South Carolina Hall of Fame and the director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. He is the author of Sons of Privilege: The Charleston Light Dragoons in the Civil War and the coeditor of Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The …


Cynthia Graubart, James Beard Award winner, is the author of Slow Cooking for Two: Basics, Techniques, and Recipes (Gibbs Smith, 2013). Her prior books include Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (2013 James Beard Award) and Southern Biscuits, both coauthored with Nathalie Dupree. Her first book was The One-Armed Cook: …


Leila Meacham is a former teacher who found a second career in writing.  She lives in San Antonio, Texas and is the author of the bestselling novels Roses and Tumbleweeds. Somerset | Sunday May 18th, 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm, Lexington Meeting Room A


Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comics creator, playwright, teaching artist, and educational consultant.  He’s written for Disney Books, Penguin Press, and Archie Comics, to name a few. Simmons has served on panels, and delivered lectures on empowering kids through the arts. He founded the annual family event, Kids Comic …


Patricia Moore-Pastides is the First Lady of the University of South Carolina and an accomplished cook, writer and public health professional. Patricia earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine. Her first book Greek Revival: Cooking for Life (USC Press 2010) is currently in its fifth …


Award-winning writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and former columnist, Martha M. Ezzard is a lawyer, writer, and farm winery owner. Passionate lovers of the outdoors, the Ezzards raised their family in Colorado where she was a press aide to the governor and served in the state Senate while practicing law. …


Lake E. High Jr. was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and except for a few years spent working in Washington, D.C., he has lived there all of his life.  One of his earliest childhood memories is holding his father’s hand and being taken to Lever’s Barbeque restaurant, which was then …


Susan Laughter Meyers is the author of two full poetry collections: My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, inaugural winner of the 2012 Cider Press Review Editors Prize; and Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press), winner of the SC Poetry Book Prize and a SIBA Book Award. She has …


George Singleton has published six collections of stories–These People Are Us, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars, Drowning in Gruel, Stray Decorum, and Between Wrecks.  His two novels are Novel and Workshirts for Madmen, and his one book of writing advice is Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds.  Singleton’s …


Christopher Buckley is the pen name of Christopher Buckley. He divides his time between the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and the koi pond, which serves as a sushi bar for the benefit of herons. When not cursing herons, he plants expensive bulbs for the winter nourishment of the abundant local squirrel …


Augustus Jenkins Farmer’s vision for reflective, soulful gardening has guided the creation of public botanical gardens, city parks, and private enclaves. His organic farm and nursery promotes the renaissance of the crinum lily, a nearly forgotten, beloved plant of early American gardens. While he is first and foremost a southern …


Ed Madden is the author of three books of poetry–Signals, Prodigal: Variations, and Nest.  His work appears in Best New Poets 2007, The Book of Irish American Poetry, as well as Crazyhorse, Los Angeles Review, Poetry Ireland, and other journals. He is the literary arts editor of Jasper magazine. A …


Adrian Miller is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr., and as a Southern Foodways Alliance board member. Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an …


Lee Smith–a native of Grundy, VA– is the author of 16 works of fiction including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and a collection of stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger.   Her latest novel Guests on Earth was published October 2013.  She has received many awards including the North …


All Quiet on the Western Front: It was the war to end all wars. It became a watershed event for world literature. Honoring the centennial year of the beginning of World War I, the Greater Columbia Literacy Council (Turning Pages) will display biographies, histories and novels of the Great War. …


Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fowler has a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing. Her work has won honors from the Faulkner Society and Thomas Wolfe Fiction prize competitions. An Illinois native, she currently …


Roy Hoffman is author of the novels Almost Family, winner of the Lillian Smith Award for fiction, Chicken Dreaming Corn, a BookSense pick endorsed by Harper Lee, and Come Landfall, a contemporary Southern novel about three women, the men they love and the wars that shape them. He is author …


Wendell Minor is nationally known for the cover artwork he has created for books by Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg and David McCullough, among others. He has illustrated fifty four children’s books, collaborating with Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Burleigh, Mary Higgins Clark and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He has authored …


Jane Spillane is a native of Marion, South Carolina and spent weekends and summers in Murrells Inlet. She is a Carolina girl through and through, going so far as to become the runner-up in the Miss South Carolina pageant. Spillane went to the University of South Carolina before moving to …


Tim Johnston’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Hobart, PineStraw Magazine, O. Henry, Mulberry Fork Review, Civil War Camp Chest, and Short Story America, among others. His first collection of stories, titled Between the Dead and the Sleeping, is due out later this year, as is his debut novel, …


Ms. Foxwell is a career journalist and author. Her former staff associations include the Washington Star and the New York Times, Washington Bureau. Her byline has appeared in the L.A. Times, the Boston Globe, the Tennessean, the Washington Times and many other national publications. She is also the author of …


jon holloway’s professional career has allowed him to travel the globe, creating photographic exhibits on South Carolina, India, South Africa, and Cuba as a testament to his artistic vision. He lives and has a studio in Greenwood. Discover South Carolina: Photography Books | Saturday May 17th, 2:00 pm – 2:50 …


A former film editor for ABC News, Florence works with her husband Wendell Minor creating books that entertain, teach and inspire children. She manages the business aspects of their studio as well as writing books that Wendell illustrates. “If You Were a Penguin” was chosen by Pennsylvania for their “One Book” …


James Lowell Underwood is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is the author of a four-volume history of South Carolina’s constitutions and of several works on federal legal practice. He is coeditor of The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South …


Dee Phelps is an alumnus of The University of Pittsburgh and Wharton School of Nursing.  Her family passed down, through generations, tales of life on a Lowcountry cotton and indigo plantation, once owning a Plantation near Beaufort, South Carolina.  From those fascinating and sometimes harrowing stories, Dee wrote The Disappointment …


Phillip Gardner is the author of three short story collections, Available Light, Somebody Wants Somebody Dead and Someone To Crawl Back To. A three-time South Carolina Fiction Project winner and Pushcart nominee, he has published widely in literary journals and anthologies. Gardner lives in Darlington, South Carolina and teaches at …


Bruce Holsinger is an award-winning scholar of the Middle Ages and professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of six books that have garnered major awards from the Modern Language Association and the Medieval Academy of America. His work was …


Megan Miranda is the author of Fracture, Hysteria, and Vengeance. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the “why” and “how” of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the “what-ifs.” Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with her …


John Warley, a native South Carolinian, 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 …


The second oldest of five siblings, Christopher was born and raised in Flint, Michigan which has been used as a prominent setting in several stories including The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 and Bucking the Sarge. Graduating from Flint Southwestern High School, Christopher immediately did two things: 1) enrolled …


Karen Gavigan is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. With Mindy Tomasevich, Gavigan is co-author of Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12 and the “Connecting Comics to Curriculum” column in Library Media Connection. A New Adventure: Young …


Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of six critically acclaimed novels, including gods in Alabama, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and most recently Someone Else’s Love Story. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages. Jackson is also an award winning audio book …


Ben McC. Moïse was a conservation officer 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 Order of the Palmetto …


Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of four collections of verse, the children’s book Shackles (2009 Silver Medal winner in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards), and Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights (with Juan E. Mendez). She is coeditor with …


Gregg Cusick’s fiction has appeared in more than two dozen journals and has won numerous awards, including the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and The Florida Review Editor’s Prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds a Master’s in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and …