Chantel AcevedoChantel Acevedo holds an MFA from the University of Miami. Her novel, Love and Ghost Letters, won the Latino International Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. She has received two Fulbright awards for secondary education and is the 2012-13 recipient of an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Arts Fellowship. Acevedo serves as co-editor of the Southern Humanities Review and is co-founder of the Auburn Writers Conference.


Marshall ChapmanMarshall Chapman is a singer-songwriter and author. Her songs have been recorded by such diverse artists such as Conway Twitty, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffett, and Emmylou Harris. She is the author of Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, a memoir, and They Came to Nashville.



Judith Ortiz CoferJudith Ortiz Cofer is the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.  She is author of A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems, Call Me Maria, The Meaning of Consuelo, and Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer, among others.



Patricia FosterPatricia Foster is the author of two books of nonfiction, editor of three anthologies of nonfiction prose, and author of the memoir All the Lost Girls, winner of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award for Women’s Nonfiction. Foster has an MFA in fiction and a PhD in women’s literature and creative writing. She teaches in the MFA program at The University of Iowa and is the fall 2012 Auburn University Breeden Scholar-in-Residence .


Skip HorackSkip Horack is the author of The Southern Cross, winner of the the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2008 Bakeless Fiction Prize, and The Eden Hunter, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Auburn University.



Jennifer HorneJennifer Horne is author of Bottle Tree: Poems and editor of Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets. She has received fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Seaside Institute. She is co-editor with Wendy Reed of All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality and Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality.



Peter HugginsPeter Huggins is a poet and writer of fiction for children. He has published three books of poems, a picture book, and a novel for younger readers. His Trosclair and the Alligator was selected by the Bank Street College of Education for its Best Children’s Books 2007 and by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center for its Choices award.



Suzanna JohnsonSuzanne Johnson is the author of a new urban fantasy series from Tor, beginning with Royal Street and River Road, both published in 2012, and Elysian Fields, coming in 2013. A longtime New Orleans resident now living in Auburn, Alabama, Suzanne is a veteran journalist with more than fifty national awards in writing and editing nonfiction. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and a native of Winfield, Alabama.


Keetje KuipersKeetje Kuipers is a native of the Northwest. She earned her BA at Swarthmore College and her MFA at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Beautiful in the Mouth, which was awarded the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Currently she is an assistant professor at Auburn University.



Myra McEntireMyra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories infused with her love of music. She is the author of Hourglass and Timepiece.



Cecilia MilanesCecilia Milanes was born in New Jersey to Cuban parents, and educated in Miami and New York.  A writer of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, her debut collection of short stories, Marielitos, Balseros, and Other Exiles, was followed by Everyday Chica, winner of the 2010 Longleaf Press Poetry Prize.  She is currently professor of Latino/a literature and writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.



Debra MoffittDebra Moffitt is the author of Riviera Stories and a contributor to Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality. Her work has appeared in Faith and Form: The Journal of Religion, Art and Architecture, Hors Ligne: Luxury, Lifestyle, and Adventure Magazine, Ticino Welcome, New Riviera Cote d'Azur, Lake Como Lifestyle, The European, and Venture Inward, among other publications. Her most recent book, Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life, explores spiritual practices from around the world.


R.A. NelsonR.A. Nelson is the author of the novels Teach Me, Breathe My Name, Days of Little Texas, and Throat. He was chosen as a Horn Book Newcomer, and his novels have been nominated to the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults list, as well as recognized by the Parents’ Choice Awards, the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list, Booksense Kid Picks, the Miami Herald Best Books of the Year, Best Books of the year, and the Michigan Library Thumbs Up! List.


Robin O'BryantRobin O'Bryant is an award-winning syndicated humor columnist. She is the author of the indie best-selling Ketchup Is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves and the e-book A Second Helping: A Collection of Best Loved Columns from Robin's Chicks. Her popular blog Robin's Chicks helps thousands of parents to survive parenting, sharing such helpful tips as how to breastfeed behind your back, how to talk to your daughters about man parts, and how to write a proper gold fish obituary.


Wendy ReedWendy Reed served as a writer and producer at The University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio before becoming a free-lance writer. She received a Regional Emmy for her work with Discovering Alabama. She has received fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Seaside Institute. She is co-editor of All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality and Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality.


Mary SharnickMary Donnarumma Sharnick is a native of Connecticut. She graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in English, and earned a master’s degree in Renaissance studies from Trinity College, Hartford. Sharnick teaches writing and chairs the English Department at Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury, Connecticut. She leads her writing students on “slow travel” tours of Italy, the country she considers her second home. She is the author of Thirst, a novel set in 17th-century Venice.


Barbara Brown TaylorBarbara Brown Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College in rural northeast Georgia. An Episcopal priest since 1984, she is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association.



Nick TaylorNick Taylor is a native of North Carolina. He is the author of Sins of the Father, American Made: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, and Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War, among others. An extensive traveler, he currently makes New York City his home.



Amy WeldonAmy Weldon, a native Alabamian, is associate professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  Her short fiction, essays, and scholarly articles have appeared in Best Travel Writing 2012 (Solas Press), Cornbread Nation 2: The Best of Southern Food Writing (UNC Press), Shenandoah, Fiction Southeast, A River & Sound Review, The Carolina Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Southern Cultures, North Carolina Literary Review, Yemassee, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere.  Her novel, Eldorado, Iowa, is under a publisher’s consideration, and she regularly blogs on sustainability, spirit, and self-reliance at

Last Updated: October 10, 2012