2014 True Lit Authors and Performers

Jack GantosJacqueline Woodson (Website)

Jacqueline Woodson is the award-winning author of nearly 30 books for children and young adults.  She is the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award, and a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an Alan Award, both for lifetime achievement in YA literature.  Woodson’s books include Feathers, Miracle’s Boys, and Locomotion.  Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Jericho Brown (Website)

Jericho Brown is an award-winning poet from Louisiana.  Brown’s work has appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilant, New England Review, and the Oxford American.  His first book of poetry, Please, received the American Book Award.  Brown is also the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for poetry.  He currently teaches at Emory University.


Bryan BorlandMarilyn Collins (Website)

Marilyn Collins is an award-winning author of nonfiction books and over 100 magazine and newspaper features.  Collins frequently lectures for writers of fiction and nonfiction, focusing on developing memoir and family history.


Kevin BrockmeierScott Phillips (Website)

Scott Phillips is an author of crime fiction in the noir tradition.  His first novel, The Ice Harvest, won the California Book Award and was nominated for the Edgar Award and Hammett Prize.  Phillips currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and daughter.


Kevin BrockmeierMichael Heffernan

Michael Heffernan's many books include Love's Answer – winner of the 1993 Iowa Poetry Prize – and At the Bureau of Divine Music.  He has received three NEA fellowships, two Arkansas Arts Council fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Porter Prize for Literary Excellence.  He currently teaches poetry at the University of Arkansas.


Kevin BrockmeierToni Jensen

Toni Jensen is the author of From the Hilltop, a collection of linked stories through the Native Stories Series.  Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2007; Best of the West: Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, 2011; and Denver Quarterly, among others.  She currently teaches at the University of Arkansas.


Stone Lion PuppetsStone Lion Puppet Theater (Website)

Kansas City-based Stone Lion Puppet Theatre has been delighting audiences with both original shows and adaptations of popular children’s stories for more than a decade.  Many of the shows combine entertainment with education, exploring art, music, theatre, science, and more.


Molly GilesPam Foster (Website)

Pam Foster is the author of Redneck Goddess and Bigfoot Blues, both novels filled with quirky Southern characters, in addition to the Western novel Ridgeline.  She is a member of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen, a group of five women who lecture and host writing workshops.


Doug HesseBrad Carter (Website)

Brad Carter is the author of several novels that combine horror and humor.  His books include Saturday Night of the Living Dead and (dis)Comfort Food.  A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Carter currently lives in Northwest Arkansas.


Janice F. KearneySusan Holmes (Website)

Susan Holmes writes books that are guided by her lifelong love of reading.  Her most recent book, Deadly Ties, is the first in a mystery series set in Northwest Arkansas.  Holmes lives in Northwest Arkansas, where she writes and teaches.


Anna Loan-WilseyNancy Hartney (Website)

Nancy Hartney, short story author and freelance scribbler, writes magazine articles, travel features, and book reviews.  Washed in the Water, her debut collection of short stories set in the South, came out in 2013.  Her short stories appear in numerous regional anthologies and western collections.


Geoff Winningham (Website)

Geoff Winningham is a celebrated photographer and journalist whose work focuses on cultural images of Texas and Mexico.  Winningham is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches photography at Rice University.


Carla Killough McClaffertySuzanne McCray

Suzanne McCray is the author of several books related to nationally-competitive scholarships and awards for postgraduates.  She currently serves as the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, in addition to a number of other administrative roles, at the University of Arkansas.


Bob CochranRobert Cochran

Robert Cochran is the author of several books about Arkansas culture and folklore.  Much of his work focuses on the music traditions of the Arkansas Delta.  He currently serves as a professor of English and American Studies at the University of Arkansas.


Kat RobinsonDarcy Pattison (Website)

Darcy Pattison is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction for children.  She is also a passionate editor, hosting the traveling Novel Revision Retreat across the nation.  She is the recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Art Award.


Barbara YoureeVanessa Rouse

Vanessa Rouse is the author of several picture books for children, including Dragon Howl, Crazy Town Upside Down, and Count My Circles, among others.  A former teacher, Rouse and her family live in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


3 Penny AcrePhilip Rouse

Philip Rouse co-authors children’s books with his wife, Vanessa.  When he isn’t working on picture books, Rouse is the President and CFO of a medical management company.


3 Penny AcreJedidiah Ayres (Website)

Jedidiah Ayres, along with Scott Phillips, is the organizer of the semi-regular literary event Noir at the Bar in St. Louis.  Ayres is also the author of several books and serves as coeditor of a literary anthology Noir at the Bar.


3 Penny AcreJake Hinkson (Website)

Jake Hinkson is the author of several books—including the novels Hell On Church Street and The Big Ugly, as well as the novellas The Posthumous Man and Saint Homicide. He has written essays and reviews for The Los Angeles Review Of Books, Mental Floss, Mystery Scene, Criminal Element, and Noir City. Hinkson currently lives in Chicago and blogs at The Night Editor.


3 Penny AcreJohn Hornor Jacobs (Website)

John Hornor Jacobs has written several books.  His first novel, Southern Gods, was published by Night Shade Books and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. His second novel, This Dark Earth, was published in July, 2012, by Gallery/Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.  He has a wife and two children and makes his home in Little Rock, Arkansas.