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Hudson is a writer, teacher and educator. Her debut story
collection, Accidental Birds of
the Carolinas, a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished
First Fiction and a Novello
Literary Award Finalist, offers stories connected by place, exploring
newcomers and old timers,
community and transformation in the rural South. Her creative nonfiction
book Searching For
Virginia Dare was a North Carolina Arts Council Notable Book.
Her writing has been published in
Story, Storytelling Magazine, Garden &
Gun, Yankee, West Branch, National Parks,
Forum, and North Carolina Literary Review and
has won many honors, including a Blumenthal
Award and two Pushcart Special Mentions.
Neil Orr writes fiction, memoir, and poetry. Her newest book
is A Different Sun: A Novel of
Africa (Berkley/Penguin, 2013) and her memoir, Gods of
Noonday (Virginia, 2003), was a Top-20
Book Sense selection. Orr has published extensively in literary
magazines including The Missouri
Review, Blackbird, Shenandoah, and Image
Journal. Her short stories and short memoirs have won
several Pushcart Prize nominations and competition prizes. She has
been awarded grants from the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council,
and the Virginia Center
for the Creative Arts. She is associate editor of a collection of
essays on international childhoods,
Writing Out of Limbo, and the author of two scholarly books.
She lives in Raleigh, NC.
Seward is a National Poetry Slam Champion (2008), Southern
Fried Poetry Slam Finalist
(2008), and currently ranked amongst the top 20 female performance
poets in the world (WoWPS
2013). As a facilitator for Sacrificial Poets, her mission is to
guide the youth toward inspiration by
showing them the power of their own voice and instilling them with
the confidence to use it. Starr is
currently a service member with the NC LiteracyCorps.
Dodd White has been a Marine, a fishing guide, and a journalist.
He is the recipient of the
Jean Ritchie Fellowship, an individual artist grant from the North
Carolina Arts Council, and is the
author of the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County,
and the novel, Lambs of Men, and coeditor
of the contemporary Appalachian short story anthology, Degrees
of Elevation. His next novel,
A Shelter of Others, is due for release this year by Fiddleblack
Press. He was born in Atlanta,
Georgia, and grew up in both the city and the woods. He lives in
Ward is author of the poetry chapbook, Blood Creek
(Longleaf Press, 2013). She was a
winner of the 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize, and her work has received
support from Yaddo, The
Anderson Center, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Her poems have appeared
in Great River Review,
Superstition Review, Tar River Poetry, and others.
She received an MFA in Poetry from North
Carolina State University in 2009 and she teaches at Methodist University.
She lives in Fayetteville,
NC, with her husband and two cats.
Morgan Watson is founder of Press 53 and serves as editor-in-chief.
As a publisher, he has
worked with writers ranging from first-time published authors to
winners of the National Book
Award and Pulitzer Prize. As a writer, his short stories, poetry,
and essays have appeared in
numerous publications, including the 2002 TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider
Press anthology Take
Two—They're Small, where his short story "Sunny
Side Up" won first prize. Kevin also serves as an
advisor for student adaptation of short stories to screenplays with
the screenwriting faculty at the
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking
in Winston-Salem, NC.
Copeland is most recently the author of Transcendental
Telemarketer, a book of poems that
earned second place in the Poetry Council of North Carolina's 2013
Oscar Arnold Young Award for
best poetry book by a North Carolina writer. She was raised in Japan,
India, and North Carolina. Her
earlier book, Traveling Through Glass, received the 1999
Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award, and
her poems have been published in many literary journals, including
e: The Emily Dickinson Awards
Anthology (2002 and 2003), Hunger Mountain, The
Kerf, and The Ledge. Her poems have received
awards from, among others, Peregrine and the North Carolina Poetry
Society, and have been
nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Jernigan is the author of the novel Every Good and Perfect
Gift. Her short fiction has won
awards including the Robert Ruark Prize and the Rupert Hughes Writing
Award and has appeared
The Crescent Review and North Carolina Literary Review,
among others. She has also published a
mystery, Angel's Aura. She received a BA from UNC-Chapel
Hill, an MS from Old Dominion
University, and an MFA from North Carolina State University. She's
had the good fortune to study
with both Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle.
Roberts is the author of the chapbook Matters of Record.
In April 2010, she was awarded
North Carolina State's Academy of American Poets Prize. Her
poem "Blackberries" was published
in Albatross, a journal. In March 2011, her story "Gestures"
was published in Smokelong Quarterly,
and her fiction has appeared in 971Menu, The News &
Observer, Our Stories, and The Raleigh
Quarterly. Roberts has an MA in English from East Carolina
University and an MFA in Fiction
Writing from North Carolina State University, where she worked under
the direction of