Author Bios


Jill McCorkle's first two novels, The Cheer Leader and July 7,  were published on the same day in 1984. Since then she has published three other novels and four collections of short stories. Five of her books have been named New York Times notable books. McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature. McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, and Brandeis where she was the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years where she also chaired Creative Writing. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at NC State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars. She is a frequent instructor in the Sewanee Summer Writers Program.


Robert Morgan is an award-winning, bestselling poet, short story writer, and novelist. Morgan was raised on his family's farm in the North Carolina mountains. He is the author of eleven books of poetry, three books of nonfiction, and eight books of fiction, including the bestselling novel Gap Creek. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches at Cornell University. He won the Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature in 2007. His latest novel, Chasing the North Star, was published in 2016.


Amy Greene’s first novel Bloodroot (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010) was a New York Times and National Bestseller, garnering praise from such publications as USA Today, The Boston Globe, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Greene won the 2010 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Fiction. Her second novel Long Man (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) was a Washington Post Top Book of the Year and was listed among the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Top 10 Books of 2014. In 2016 Greene won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Literature and was inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame. Her third novel, The Nature of Fire is forthcoming, also from Alfred A. Knopf. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times and Glamour Magazine, among other publications. 


Terry Roberts' ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of The Revolutionary War. His family farmed in The Big Pine section of Madison County for generations and is also prominent in the Madison County town of Hot Springs, the setting for both A Short Time To Stay Here and That Bright Land. His debut novel,  A Short Time To Stay Here, won The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Roberts also won the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.


Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Julia’s first novel Over the Plain Houses (Hub City Press 2016) is an NPR Best Book, winner of  the SIBA Southern Book Prize, an IPPY Gold Medal winner, and among Chicago Review of Books Best Fiction of 2016. She has published essays in the NY Times and elsewhere. As a day job, Julia owns and runs, a web application that helps schools organize and track independent reading.


Trent Thompson farms and writes. Thompson holds an M.A. from The Sewanee School of Letters in Theology and Literature (The University of The South) in Sewanee Tennessee. His thesis, "Living in Lectio: Praying with Their Pens," was published in 2015. Thompson founded Rivendell Writers' Colony in Sewanee, Tennessee. Thompson's essays have appeared in The Sewanee Theological Review and other devotional publications. Thompson is the editor for Monkscipt Three, a book of poems and essays celebrating The Abbey of Gethsemani.


Hailing from the very depths of Appalachia in western North Carolina, author, chef and musician Susi Gott Séguret honed her culinary skills in France earning a diploma in Gastronomy and Taste from the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. This unique combination is highlighted in her latest cookbook Appalachian Appetite as (says Fred Sauceman, author of Buttermilk & Bible Burgers) “the loving product of that convergence.”


Wayne Caldwell has three degrees in English, from UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State, and Duke. He taught composition and literature at North Carolina Central and Union College (Schenectady NY). He has written two novels, Cataloochee and Requiem by Fire. He contributed a chapter to a collaborative novel, Naked Came the Leaf Peeper, by Brian Lee Knopp and eleven others (BurningBush Press, 2011). He also wrote a short story, “Rattlesnakes,” published in 27 Views of Asheville, edited by Rob Neufeld (Eno Publishers, 2012). A new short story, “Donation Jar,” is at the online journal Drafthorse, published at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate TN.

Keith Flynn 

Keith Flynn ( is the award-winning author of seven books, including five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007), Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013), and a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer's Digest Books, 2007). His latest book is a collaboration with photographer Charter Weeks, entitled Prosperity Gospel: Portraits of the Great Recession. From 1984-1999, he was lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie (1992), Pouch (1996), and the spoken-word and music compilation, Nervous Splendor (2003). He is currently touring with a supporting combo, The Holy Men, whose album, LIVE at Diana Wortham Theatre, was released in 2011. His award-winning poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, a 2013 NC Literary Fellowship, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, which began publishing in 1994. For more information, please visit: