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Conference on Southern Literature - April 24-26, 2003

Southern Legends from Eudora to Elvis
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— recipient of the 2003 Fellowship of Southern Writer's James Still Award for Writing of the Appalachian South—received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for his first novel, Clay Quilt, which was chosen as a finalist for the SEBA Book Award, AWA Book of the Year, and the Weatherford Prize, and won Bronze Book of the Year from ForeWord Magazine. A contributing writer to NPR's All Things Considered and President of the Appalachian Writers Association, his stories have been anthologized in books such as Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe and Christmas Stories from the South. He lives in Lily, Kentucky, with his wife and two daughters, where he is at work on his third novel.

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