2014 True Lit Authors and Performers

Jacqueline Woodson

Jack GantosJacqueline 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

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.


Marilyn Collins

Bryan BorlandMarilyn 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.


Scott Phillips

Kevin BrockmeierScott 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.


Pam Foster

Molly GilesPam Foster is the author of Redneck Goddess and Bigfoot Blues, both novels full of 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.


Brad Carter

Doug HesseBrad 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.


Susan Holmes

Janice F. KearneySusan 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.


Nancy Hartney

Anna Loan-WilseyNancy 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

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.


Suzanne McCray

Carla Killough McClaffertySuzanne 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.


Robert Cochran

Bob CochranRobert 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.


Darcy Pattison

Kat RobinsonDarcy 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.


Vanessa Rouse

Barbara YoureeVanessa 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.


Philip Rouse

3 Penny AcrePhilip 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.


Stone Lion Puppet Theater

Stone Lion PuppetsKansas 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.


Snake Eyes & the Bug Band

Calle SoulSpecializing in their own unique brand of “Bug Music” – a blend of Cajun and Zydeco traditions filtered through Southeastern Arkansas – Snake Eyes & the Bug Band inject fun into any occasion.  Be warned that audience members are subject to incessant fits of dancing.