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April 8-10, 2022

Word of South 2022

Rob Roberge

Rob Roberge is the author of the memoir Liar (Crown, 2016), and Cheryl Strayed has called his writing “both drop-dead gorgeous and mind-bendingly smart.” He is also the author of four books of fiction, most recently The Cost of Living (Other Voices Books, 2013). He teaches in UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA in Writing Program, […]

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Dianne Ochiltree

Dianne Ochiltree is a nationally recognized author of books for young readers, many of which have appeared on “best of” reading lists, been featured in book clubs, and been translated into foreign language editions. Her recent titles include It’s a Seashell Day (Blue Apple Books, 2015), It’s a Firefly Night (Blue Apple Books, 2013), and […]

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Donald Morrill

Donald Morrill is the author of three volumes of poetry, Awaiting Your Impossibilities, At the Bottom of the Sky and With Your Back to Half the Day, as well as four books of nonfiction. He has taught at Jilin University, Peoples’ Republic of China, and has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Lodz, […]

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Rick Moody

Rick Moody is the author of the novels Hotels of North America, The Four Fingers of Death, and The Ice Storm, which was made into a movie starring Kevin Klein and Sigourney Weaver. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Moody has won numerous awards for his writing in this country and in Italy. At the […]

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Los Colognes

Drummer Aaron “Mort” Mortenson and guitarist/vocalist Jay Rutherford of the band Los Colognes say they’re making jam music for fans of songwriters and classic rock for a younger generation. Formed in Chicago 15 years ago, the six-member band now calls Nashville home. Los Colognes has frequently backed Nashville singers in the studio and on tour. In […]

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Gracie Lewis Chandler

Gracie Lewis Chandler was born on Sapelo—one of Georgia’s barrier islands. She loved books and, as a young girl, occasionally wrote poems and short stories. This pastime became meaningful in the 1980s when the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, trying to resolve land issues on Sapelo, researched the genealogy of forty-four families—descendants of slaves. Many […]

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Lera Lynn

Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn’s self-released sophomore album, The Avenues, continues to receive praise and critical acclaim from many sources. Emotive, poignant and intensely introspective, the material on The Avenues is entirely self-penned and fearlessly personal. In 2014, Lynn started working with legendary producer T Bone Burnett writing and recording music for the critically acclaimed HBO series, […]

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Patrick Kendrick

Patrick Kendrick was a fire fighter and freelance writer, chief officer, and special ops technician before turning to writing fiction. He has had four novels published, all thrillers ranging from historical to crime to Young Adult. He has won several awards including the Hollywood Film Festival Opus Magnum Award and two Florida Book Awards. When […]

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