Chantel Acevedo’s novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin’s Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year, Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults, A Falling Star(Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, and THE DISTANT MARVELS, forthcoming from Edizione EO (summer 2014) and Europa Editions (2015). Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and Chattahoochee Review, among others.

Acevedo was named a Literature Fellow by the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2012.  She is currently an Associate Professor of English and Alumni Writer-in-Residence at Auburn University, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference, the Creative Writing Studio for Teens, and edits the Southern Humanities Review.
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L. Annette Binder’s debut collection of stories, Rise (Sarabande Books), received the 2011 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (selected by Laura Kasischke). Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXVI, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, One Story, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, Third Coast, Fairy Tale Review, Bellingham Review, Clapboard House, Beloit Fiction Journal and others. One of her stories was performed as part of NPR’s Selected Shorts. Annette is currently at work on a novel based on her story “Dead Languages,” which appeared in The Southern Review. Annette has degrees from Harvard, Berkeley, and the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine.
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Lynne Barrett is the author of the story collections Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards), The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go, and co-editor of Birth: A Literary Companion. Recent stories appear or are forthcoming in Fifteen Views of Miami, Trouble in the Heartland: Stories Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Real South, Delta Blues,and One Year to a Writing Life. Barrett teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami and edits The Florida Book Review.
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Brock Clarke is the author of five books, most recently Exley and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, which was a national bestseller and has appeared in a dozen foreign editions. His stories and essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, OneStory, The Believer, the Georgia Review, and the Southern Review and have appeared in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College.
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Kerry James Evans earned a PhD in English from Florida State University and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His poems have been published in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Narrative, New England Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. He is the author of Bangalore(Copper Canyon Press, 2013).


Honorée Fanonna Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry : The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State, 2000), which was chosen by Lucille Clifton for the 1999 Wick Poetry Prize;Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan, 2000); and Red Clay Suite(Southern Illinois, 2007), which was chosen by Dorianne Laux for the second prize winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition Series. The recipient of honors from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, Jeffers teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma where she is an associate professor of English.


Andrew Hudginsis the author of numerous collections of poetry and essays, many of which have received high critical praise, such as The Never-Ending: New Poems (1991), which was a finalist for the National Book Awards; After the Lost War: A Narrative (1988), which received the Poets’ Prize; andSaints and Strangers (1985), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Hudgins is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a frequent Sewanee Writers’ Conference faculty member. He is currently Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.


Jeff Newberry is the poet in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. The author of Brackish (Aldrich Press) and A Visible Sign (Finishing Line Press), he is the co-editor (with Brent House) of The Gulf Stream  Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press). His most recent writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Chattahoochee Review, and Waccamaw:  A Journal of Contemporary Literature.
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Janisse Ray is a writer, naturalist, and activist, author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. Her most recent book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food  has won the Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference, American Horticultural Society Book Award, Nautilus Gold Book Award, Garden Writers Association Gold Award, and Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award. Ray is the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana 2014. She lectures nationally and widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability, and the politics of wholeness.
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Kevin Wilson is the author of a story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Harper Perennial, 2009), which won the Shirley Jackson Award and an Alex Award, and a novel, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011). He lives in Sewanee, TN, and teaches at The University of the South.
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