Robert Morgan has written the novels Gap Creek, which won the Southern Book Award for Fiction, and The Truest Pleasure, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable. Morgan’s works also include The Hinterlands, This Rock, and Brave Enemies: A Novel of the American Revolution. He has published nine volumes of poetry. A native of the North Carolina mountains, Morgan was raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors. He teaches at Cornell University.
Lewis Nordan is the author of three collections of short stories and four works of fiction, including Music of the Swamp, Wolf Whistle, The Sharpshooter Blues, and Lightning Song. His memoir is captured in Boy With a Loaded Gun. Awards include the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and three American Library Association Notable Book citations. Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, he lives now in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he serves as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
Marsha Normani s a playwright and novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize for her play, ‘night, Mother. Other plays include Third and Oak: The Laundromat and the Pool Hall, Circus Valentine, Sarah and Abraham, and Loving Daniel Boone. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other awards include the Gassner Medallion, a Tony Award, and the Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Walker Percy (1916-1990) is best known for his philosophical novels, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1962. Subsequent works included The Last Gentleman (1966), Love in the Ruins (1971), Lancelot (1977), The Second Coming (1980), and The Thanataos Syndrome in 1987. Percy also published a number of non-fiction works exploring his interests in semiotics and existentialism.
Sam Pickering is a Tennessee native who teaches English at the University of Connecticut. His books include academic studies, travel books, and collections of personal essays. His most recent books are Waltzing the Magpies, an account of a year he and his family spent in western Australia; The Best of Pickering; Letters to a Teacher, and Indian Summer, a collection of familiar essays.
Reynolds Price has published 37 volumes of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and translations. He has won the William Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. His books have been translated into 16 languages, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent works include Letter to a Godchild: Concerning Faith and The Good Priest’s Son.