We'd like to thank all of our 2013 True Lit Authors for making the inaugural festival a success! Check back soon for a list of 2014 authors!
Jack Gantos is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the Rotten Ralph series and the Joey Pigza novels. His most recent novel, Dead End in Norvelt, is a semi-autobiographical novel about the author’s home town and its values. It won the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell award for Historical Fiction. Gantos currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. | Website
E. A. Allen
Writer, History Professor, and former CIA Intelligence Officer Dr. E. A. Allen brings his professional expertise to his Edwardian mystery series, The Montclaire Mysteries. The mysteries feature engaging tales of intrigue, revenge, jealousy, espionage, political corruption, and international conspiracy, embedded within the actual historical texture of the Victorian-Edwardian Era. Allen currently resides in his native Northwest Arkansas where he raises cattle and teaches history. | Website
Bryan Borland is a multi-time Pushcart-nominated poet from Alexander, Arkansas, and the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press. His first collection of poetry, My Life as Adam, was included on the American Library Association’s first annual “Over the Rainbow” list of recommended LGBT-themed publications. He is also the editor of Assaracus, the worldn’s only print journal dedicated exclusively to the gay poet, which was named one of Library Journal’s “Best New Magazines” in 2012. | Website
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of several books including The Illumination and The Brief History of the Dead and has published stories in a number of literary magazines, including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and The Oxford American. He has received three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. He was recently named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. He currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.
Molly Giles is the author of the story collections Rough Translations, winner of the Flannery O’Connor award and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and Creek Walk and Other Stories. Her work has earned an O. Henry Prize and two Pushcart Prizes, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for Book Reviewing. A novel, Iron Shoes, was published in 2000, and a collection of short shorts, Bothered, in 2012.
Doug Hesse is the founding Executive Director of the Writing Program at the University of Denver and Professor of English. He is author of some 55 essays and co-author of four books, most recently Creating Nonfiction, co-authored with Becky Bradway Hesse He coordinates the Norman Mailer/NCTE National High School and College Writing Awards in Creative Nonfiction.
Janis F. Kearney
Janis F. Kearney is the daughter of sharecroppers in the Arkansas Delta. After working for the Arkansas State Press, she worked for the Clinton administration and became the first Presidential Diarist in 1995. She has published five books, including her memoir Cotton Field of Dreams, and is currently working on Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a biography of unrecognized civil rights activist Daisy L. Bates. | Website
Anna Loan-Wilsey started writing after previously working in biology and in libraries. Her first novel, A Lack of Temperance, is set in Eureka Springs and begins a mystery series featuring protagonist Hattie Davish. She has one inquisitive three year old, an old yellow dog and the most supportive, funny and patient husband in the world. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse in the Iowa countryside but manages to get away to Eureka Springs at least once a year. | Website
Dr. Margaret Joan Maddox became a freelance writer in 2006 after retiring from a lengthy teaching career. She has written online articles on the topics of language, education, and the writing craft. Her most recent book, So You Want to Write!, is a collection of essays on the writing craft. | Website
Carla Killough McClafferty is the award-winning author of several nonfiction books for young readers, including Tech Titans, The Many Faces of George Washington, and The Secret Mission of Varian Fry. She is also a public speaker for both young and adult audiences. Her most recent book for adult readers is Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment. | Website
Anthony Priest is associate professor of English at Missouri State University–West Plains. He recently edited Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology, a collection of works that retain the literary legacy of the Ozarks while also representing the region’s changes. Poets, novelists, columnists, and historians are represented, with pieces from Donald Harington, Sara Burge, Marcus Cafagna, Art Homer, Pattiann Rogers, Miller Williams, Roy Reed, and Dan Woodrell.
Kat Robinson is a freelance food and travel writer from Little Rock, Arkansas. Her first book, Arkansas Pie, is a guide to pies served at restaurants throughout the state. She also writes the blog Tie Dye Travels about her journeys to find the best restaurants in and out of Arkansas. Her work has appeared in Food Network Magazine, USA Today, and the popular Eat Arkansas blog. | Website
Barbara Youree started writing following a teaching career in Louisiana and Kansas. Her book Courageous Journey, a book detailing the experience of two Sudanese refugees she mentored during their first year in the United States, won the praise of Jimmy Carter and was a finalist in the National Best Books 2008 Awards current events category. She loves traveling, and her experiences in other countries inform her historical fiction. | Website
3 Penny Acre
3 Penny Acre is a musical collaboration between songwriters Bayard Blain, Bernice Hembree, and Bryan Hembree. Their unique, Ozark-inspired sound has been praised for its close attention to lyrics and harmony, in addition to its careful arrangements that tastefully marry old and new musical traditions. 3 Penny Acre also founded the Fayetteville Roots Festival, an annual celebration of emerging folk artists. | Website
Formed in 2009 by Cuban conguero Fernando Sanchez and Colombian percussionist Fernando Valencia, Calle Soul fuses traditional Latin dance music fused with American jazz. The band’s danceable sound possesses a strong element of traditional musicality, as many of the band’s members are formally trained musicians, and it should please dancers and music aficionados alike. | Website