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Southern Writers Directory 


1.Tom Franklin

Books: Hell at the Breech, Poachers

Born in Dickinson, Alabama, near setting of his novel Hell at the Breech

Lives in Oxford, Miss., with wife, poet Beth-Ann Fennelly

2. Vicki Covington

Books: Bird of Paradise, Gathering Home, Night Ride Home, The Last Hotel for Women

Born in Birmingham, Alabama

Lives in Birmingham with her husband, Dennis Covington, writer of nonfiction and young adult novels

3. Cassandra King

Books: The Sunday Wife, Making Waves in Zion

Born in Alabama

Lives in South Carolina with her husband, best-selling novelist Pat Conroy

4. Elizabeth Dewberry

Books: Many Things Have Happened Since He Died, Break the Heart of Me, Sacrament of Lies

Novelist and playwright

Born and raised in Birmingham

Lives in Florida with her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Olen Butler

5. Michael Knight

Books: Divining Rod, Goodnight, Nobody, Dogfight & Other Stories

Born in Mobile, Alabama

Teaches writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

6. Mark Childress

Books: A World Made of Fire, V For Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone for Good

Born in Monroeville, Alabama

7. Mary Ward Brown

Books: It Wasn't All Dancing, Tongues of Flames

Born in Hamburg, Alabama

Lives in Browns, Alabama

8. Sena Jeter Naslund

Books: Ahab's Wife, Sherlock in Love, Four Spirits, The Disobediance of Water

Born in Birmingham

Teaches at the University of Louisville,

9. Suzanne Hudson

Books: In a Temple of Trees, Opposable Thumbs

Born in Brewton, Ala.

Lives in Alabama


1. Padgett Powell

Books: Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men, Edisto, A Woman Named Drown, Edisto Revisted, Typical

Born in Gainesville, Florida

Teaches writing at the University of Florida

2. Scott Morris

Books: Waiting for April, The Total View of Taftly

Born in Jacksonville, Florida

Lives in Oxford, Miss., teaches at Ole Miss

3. Connie May Fowler

Books: Before Women Had Wings, Remembering Blue, River of Hidden Dreams, Sugar Cage

Raised in St. Augustine, Florida


1. Mary Hood

Books: How Far She Went, Familiar Heat, And Venus is Blue

Born in Brunswick, Ga.

She lives in Jackson County, Ga.

2. Philip Lee Williams

Books: The Heart of a Distant Forest, The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorsett, The Song of Daniel, Perfect Timing

Born in Madison, Ga.

Lives in Watkinsville, Ga. Teaches writing at University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

3. Shay Youngblood

Books: Soul Kiss, Black Girl in Paris, The Big Mama Stories

Born in Columbus, Ga.

4. Terry Kay

Books: The Year the Lights Came On, After Eli, To Dance with the White Dog, Taking Lottie Home, The Valley of Light

Born in Vanna, Ga.

Lives in Athens, Ga.

5. Tina McElroy Ansa

Books: You Know Better, The Hand I Fan With, Ugly Ways, Baby of the Family

Born in Macon, Ga.

Lives on St. Simons Island, Ga.

6. Augusta Trobaugh

Books: Swan Place, Sophie and the Rising Sun, Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb, Praise Jerusalem!

Born in Atlanta, Ga.

Lives in Athens, Ga.

7. Janice Daugharty

Books: Earl in the Yellow Shirt, Pawpaw Patch, Necessary Lies, Dark of the Moon, Whistle

Born outside Valdosta, Ga.

Lives in Echols County, Ga

8. Harry Crews

Books: A Feast of Snakes, Celebration, Karate is a Thing of the Spirit, Blood and Grits, Scar Lover

Born in Alma, Georgia

Lives in Gainseville, Florida


1. Chris Offutt

Books: The Good Brother: A Novel, Kentucky Straight,

Out of the Woods

Grew up in Haldeman, Ky.

2. Dwight Allen

Books: The Green Suit, Judge

Born in Louisville, Ky.

Lives in Madison, Wisconsin

3. Silas House

Books: Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, Coal Tattoo (forthcoming)

Born in Lily, Ky.

Lives in Lily, Ky.

4. Wendell Berry

Books: Nathan Coulter, A World Lost, Remembering, The Memory of Old Jack, Jayber Crow

Born in Newcastle, Ky.

Lives in Port Royal, Ky.

5. Crystal Wilkinson

Books: Water Street, Blackberries, Blackberries

Raised in Indian Creek, Ky.

Lives in Lexington, Ky.


1. James Wilcox

Books: Modern Baptists, Sort of Rich, Polite Sex, Plain and Normal, Heavenly Days

Born in Hammond, La.

Directs creative writing program at Louisiana State University

2. John Ed Bradley

Books: Restoration, Tupelo Nights, My Juliet, Love and Obits, Smoke

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