Josephine Humphreys is the author of four novels: Dreams of Sleep (winner of the 1985 PEN/Hemingway Award), Rich in Love, The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth, an historical novel based on the true story of the Lumbee Indian outlaw Henry Lowrie. A former Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the Lyndhurst Prize, she lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was born.
Blyden Jackson (1910-2000) authored The Waiting Years: Essays on American Negro Literature and A History of Afro-American Literature: The Long Beginning, 1746-1895. He co-authored Black Poetry in America: Two Essays in Historical Interpretation, and was Senior Co-editor of The History of Southern Literature. His articles appeared in CLA Journal, The Southern Literary Journal, and The Southern Review. Jackson received the Modern Language Association's Jay B. Hubbell Award for lifetime achievement as an American literature scholar.
Edward P. Jones was a National Book Award finalist first with Lost in the City, and then with The Known World, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004. He has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, a Lannan Foundation Grant, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and MacArthur Foundation. Jones attended Holy Cross College and earned his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. He has taught fiction at Princeton University, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland. His latest work is All Aunt Hagar’s Children: Stories.
Madison Jones has published 12 novels including The Innocent, A Cry of Absence, A Buried Land, An Exile, Last Things, To the Winds, and Nashville 1864:The Dying of the Light. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, and the Sewanee Review. Honors include the T.S. Eliot Award from the Ingersoll Foundation, the Harper Lee Award, Michael Shaara Award from the United States Civil War Center, and a Lytle Short Story Prize from the Sewanee Review. His latest novel is Herod’s Wife.
Donald Justice (1925-2004) is the author of The Summer Anniversaries, Night Light, Departures, Selected Poems, Platonic Scripts, and The Sunset Maker. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Ford, and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and Academy of American Poets. He won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Bollingen Prize in 1992, and the Lannan Award for Poetry in 1996. His 1998 book on writers and writing was titled Oblivian.