Write On, Mississippi!
A collaboration of Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Mississippi Book Festival
A native of Arlington, Texas, Shaun Hamill holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in the dark woods of Alabama with his wife, his in-laws, and his dog. A Cosmology of Monsters is his first novel.
Write On, Mississippi SEASON 2, Chapter 5: Richard Ford
Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day--the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award--The Lay of the Land, and New York Times bestseller Let Me Be Frank with You. His other works include bestselling novel Canada and the short story collections Rock Springsand A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories and most recently his only work of non-fiction, Between Them: Remembering My Parents. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife Kristina Ford.
Photo courtesy Karen Robinson
Write On, Mississippi SEASON 2, Chapter 4: Chanelle Benz
Chanelle Benz has published short stories in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was published in 2017 by Ecco. It was named a Best Book of 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of Electric Literature’s 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017. It was also longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She currently lives in Memphis, where she teaches at Rhodes College. The Gone Dead is her debut novel.
Write On, Mississippi SEASON 2, Chapter 3: Mesha Maren
Mesha Maren is the author of the novel Sugar Run (Algonquin Books). Her short stories and essays can be read in Tin House, The Oxford American, The Guardian, Crazyhorse, Triquarterly, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Sou’wester, Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Duke University and also serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia.
Write On, Mississippi SEASON 2, Chapter 2: Juliet Grames
Juliet Grames is SVP and Associate Publisher at Soho Press, where she also curates the Soho Crime imprint of critically acclaimed international and multicultural crime fiction. She has been a book editor for fourteen years, the last nine of which have been at Soho. She is also the author of the novel The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna.
Write On, Mississippi SEASON 2, Chapter 1: Glory Edim
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received the 2017 Innovator’s Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for her work as a literary advocate. She serves on the board of New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Write On, Mississippi Chapter 15: Lisa Howorth
Lisa Howorth was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where her new novel is set in 1959. She is the author of the 2014 novel, FLYING SHOES, and she has written for the Oxford American and Garden & Gun. Howorth taught art history at the University of Mississippi, receiving the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996, and a MacDowell Fellowship in 2007. In Oxford in 1979, she and her husband founded Square Books, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in September, 2019.