Jiréh Breon Holder currently serves as the Playwriting Fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is an Atlanta area playwright, director, and dramaturg. His sharp and political plays frequently include wild visual metaphors and address the magic of everyday life in the South. He is also a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa.
TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published in Poetry Magazine, African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, VQR and others. She has been anthologized in Language Lessons by Third Man Books and Best American Non-Required Reading 2015 from Houghton-Mifflin. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave was published with New Issues Press (2013) and her second collection Zion (winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013) was published by Southern Illinois University Press.
C. Dale Young (born April 18, 1969) grew up in South Florida. He received a BS from Boston College, and the MFA and MD degrees from the University of Florida.
The Halo (Four Way Books, 2016), his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for both the 2016 Julie Suk Award (given for best book of poetry published by an independent literary press) and the 2017 Lambda Book Award. He is also the author of Torn (Four Way Books, 2011); The Second Person (Four Way Books, 2007); and The Day Underneath the Day (Northwestern, 2001).
Rion Amilcar Scott’s short story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016) won the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, and Confrontation, among others. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University.
T.R. Hummer's most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife (Acre Books) and the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press). Former editor in chief of The Kenyon Review, of The New England Review, and of The Georgia Review, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Artistic Excellence, the Hanes Poetry Prize. He lives in Cold Spring, NY.
Liza Wieland has published four novels, Land of Enchantment, A Watch of Nightingales, Bombshell, and The Names of the Lost, and three collections of short fiction, Quickening, You Can Sleep While I Drive, and Discovering America, as well as a book of poems, Near Alcatraz. Land of Enchantment was a longlist finalist for both the Lascaux Prize and the Chautauqua Prize. A Watch of Nightingales won the Michigan Literary Fiction Prize. Bombshell was an alternate selection for The Book of the Month Club. The Names of the Lost won the Best First Novel prize fro the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Quickening was a finalist for the Balcones Prize for short fiction.
Born Oct. 4, 1940, in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Grew up primarily in Alabama and graduated from Anniston High School in 1958. Attended Samford University as a ministerial student; double majored in History and Speech. Attended graduate school at Florida State University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1965 in American History.
James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South
Terry Roberts’ direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His family has farmed in the Big Pine section of Madison County for generations and is also prominent in the Madison County town of Hot Springs, the setting for both A Short Time to Stay Here and That Bright Land. His debut novel, A Short Time to Stay Here, won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction; and That Bright Land won the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award.