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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky is the author of 31 published books, spanning fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. His work includes The New York Times best-sellers Salt and Food of a Younger Land. His book Cod, also a best-seller, won the 1999 James Beard Award for Food Writing and the Glenfiddich Award. Mark’s career as a writer began […]

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Kimmery Martin

Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor, born and raised in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. A lifelong literary nerd, she reviews books, interviews authors, and works extensively with the library foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she resides with her husband and three young children. Kimmery will be appearing at Word of South with […]

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Jill Criswell

Jill Criswell is a writer of young adult fantasy. Born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida, she received degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world—she’s been to fifty countries across six continents, […]

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Ivy Odom

Ivy Odom is a Recipe Tester/Developer at Meredith Corporation’s Meredith Food Studios in Birmingham, Alabama. Outside of recipe development and testing, Ivy hosts the Southern Living digital video series, Hey Y’all, among other instructional digital videos for Meredith’s food and lifestyle brands. Ivy is also the host of The Southern Living Show, a television series […]

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Karen White

With almost two million books in print in fifteen different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of […]

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Janisse Ray

Ray is an American writer whose subject is often nature. She is author of five books of literary nonfiction and a volume of eco-poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, where she was the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer 2014. She is a 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. […]

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