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Word of South 2021

Natalie Nelson

Natalie Nelson is an illustrator and collage artist who draws, paints, bikes, and eats in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has appeared in publications large and small. Her first picture book, The King of the Birds, was published Fall 2016 with Groundwood Books. It was illustrated by Nelson and written by Acree Macam. Her forthcoming picture book, Uncle Holland, written […]

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Mount Moriah

The North Carolina-based band Mount Moriah—composed of Heather McEntire (lead vocals, guitar), Jenks Miller (lead guitar, keys), and Casey Toll (bass, keys)—seem insistent to grow. If Mount Moriah’s self-titled debut showed them standing with sea legs, determined to dream their way free from the dark crevices and corners of alt-country’s stiff template; and if Miracle Temple, […]

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Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe, a native of Miami Beach, is professor of fine arts at Daytona State College. He has photographed throughout Brazil, Israel, Cuba, India, Trinidad, Poland, and Egypt, among other international destinations. He is best known for his long-term photographic involvements with the elderly’s old world culture of South Beach, Haiti during the end of […]

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Laura Minor

Laura Minor is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Writers Spotlight Award at Florida State University, chosen by D.A. Powell. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Berfrois, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Hobart, and Spring Gun Press. She was a Teacher’s College Fellow at Columbia University, the recipient of the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Award, and […]

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Wendy Mills

Award-winning author Wendy Mills writes for both teens and adults. Her latest young adult novel, All We Have Left, has earned starred reviews, is the winner of both the 2016 Florida Book Award and the 2016 Book Browse YA Award, and has been named as one of the best books of the year by both Amazon […]

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Christina McDermott

Christina McDermott is one of three co-authors of the charming keepsake book, Saints of Old Florida. Christina fell in love with Old Florida over the course of many beach vacations with her daughters and today she calls Port St. Joe home. Christina has an enthusiasm for biking and exploring local beaches and the coast. Her enthusiasm […]

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James McBride and his band

James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, The Color of Water, rested on The New York Times bestseller list for two years, and is considered an American classic. His debut novel, Miracle at St. Anna, was translated into a major motion picture directed by American film icon Spike Lee. James wrote the script for Miracle At St. […]

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Acree Macam

Acree (Graham) Macam is the author of The King of the Birds and Senior Copywriter at PitchMaps. Previously an independent copywriter, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Honors from Emory University’s creative writing program, where she was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts for her writing. The King of the Birds, written by Acree and […]

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Lost Bayou Ramblers

Lost Bayou Ramblers was formed in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, performing the roots Cajun music they learned as members of Les Frères Michot, the family band their father and uncles formed in the 80’s. The brothers quickly began playing clubs and festivals around Louisiana, and taking the traditional music they were raised […]

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Lonely Heartstring Band

Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, the Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. This multi-talented group of musicians is a classic Bluegrass quintet—always far greater than the sum of its parts. Combining soulful instrumental […]

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