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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Johnny Bell

Johnny Bell is a two-timed published author of Young Adult fiction novels Take the Shot and The Dirt Court. He recently was honored as the 2022 Developing Author’s Gerald Ensley Award in Florida. Aside from writing, Johnny manages a monthly newsletter focused on literacy and popular book reviews, as well as creating read alouds for teachers to use in the classrooms via YouTube through his website, He has been a guest speaker in multiple schools and age groups, providing positive and informative presentations. Johnny is in his seventeenth year in public education, currently serving as an elementary school classroom teacher. Other than teaching and writing, he loves DIY projects, spending time outdoors, and loves watching sports