Margaret Bauer author of Understanding Tim Gautreaux (2010), William Faulkner’s Legacy: “what shadow, what stain, what mark” (2005), and The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (1999). She is a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, and serves as coordinator of literature for the English Department of East Carolina University.
Cathy Smith Bowers state poet of North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in publications such asThe Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, The Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and many others. Bowers’ first book, The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas, was published in 1992 as the first winner of the Texas Tech University Press First-book (republished in 1997 by Iris Press). She has also published Traveling in Time of Danger(1999), and A Book of Minutes (2004). Cathy teaches at Queens University and at UNC Asheville.
George Brosi editor of Appalachian Heritage and editor of the “Creative Non-Fiction” section of New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writing (2007). Brosi grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and holds a B.A. in Sociology from Carleton College (1965), and an M.A. in English Education from Western Carolina University (1990). Brosi has taught for the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Brosi and his wife, Connie, run a retail book business specializing in books from and about Appalachia. In 2003, the Appalachian Writers Association gave Brosi their award for outstanding contribution to regional literature.
Pamela Duncan author of The Big Beautiful (2007), Plant Life (2003), and Moon Women (2001). She holds a B.A. in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.
Jesse Graves author of Field Portrait, his first manuscript of poems. Graves is an Assistant Professor of English at East Tennessee State University; he received his MFA degree in Poetry from Cornell University, and has taught literature and writing at the University of Tennessee, Cornell, and the University of New Orleans. Jesse’s poems have appeared in recent issues of Southern Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, and Tar River Poetry. His essay “Lattice Work: Formal Tendencies in the Poetry of Robert Morgan and Ron Rash,” along with three of his poems, appeared in a special issue of The Southern Quarterly on the theme of “Poetry in the South.”
Silas House author of 2001 Clay’s Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2003), The Coal Tattoo (2004), The Hurting Part (2005), Something’s Rising (2009, co-authored with Jason Howard), and Eli the Good (2009).
Bill Koon Professor of English at Clemson University and author of Hank Williams, So Lonesome, a biography about the life and music of the country music legend. Koon is also the editor of the two-volume collection Classic Southern Humor and an anthology of Civil War fiction, Old Glory and the Stars and Bars. Formerly head of the English department, Koon was a Fulbright Professor in southern studies to Austria and director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on southern studies. Along with his duties at Clemson University, he writes a weekly column for the Greenville Journal, usually on southern topics.
Mark Powell author of the novels Prodigals (2002) and Blood Kin (2006). Powell teaches in the English Department at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. He received his MFA at the University of South Carolina.