Wilton Barnhardt, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., has worked as a journalist (the NASCAR reporter for Sports Illustrated magazine) and an academic. He has directed the NC State University MFA in Creative Writing and is a regular Fiction Faculty at the low-residency Warren Wilson College MFA. He did his graduate work at Oxford University and is the author of four novels, including the recent Southern family saga, Lookaway, Lookaway (St. Martin’s Press). He reviews regularly for the Chicago Tribune and Slate.com, and is working on his first collection of short stories. Mr. Barnhardt lives in Raleigh, N.C.
As creator and host of North Carlina Center for Public Television’s “Lap Quilting” Georgia Bonesteel has shared her enthusiasm and love of quilting through twelve series of the show. Since 1979, the series has been aired over 200 networks through the U.S. Quilters throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have learned her modern approach to this age old craft in workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and judging of quilt shows. Her quilts appear in eight books. Her latest venture has been in collaboration with her son, Paul, of Bonesteel Films, producing a documentary “The Great American Quilt Revival.”
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Kathryn Stripling Byer, a native of southwest Georgia, with family ties to the north Georgia mountains, received her MFA degree from UNC-Greensboro, where she studied with Fred Chappell and Robert Watson. She worked at Western Carolina University, becoming Poet-in-Residence in 1990. Her poetry, prose, and fiction have appeared widely, including Hudson Review, Poetry, The Atlantic, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review. Often anthologized, her work has also been featured online, where she maintains the blogs “Here, Where I Am,” and “The Mountain Woman.” Her first book of poetry, The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, was published in the AWP Award Series in 1986, followed by the prize-winning Wildwood Flower, from LSU Press. She served for five years as North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate. Her most recent book, Descent, received both the SIBA award and North Carolina Book Award for Poetry. She lives in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband and three dogs.
Donna Campbell began her career in print, as the founding publisher of Lake Norman Magazine near Charlotte. Her first documentary project, “Any Day Now,” completed with her sister Susan Campbell in 1990, won national awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Association of Women Broadcasters in Radio and TV. Since 2000, she and Georgann Eubanks, have been the principals for Minnow Media, focusing on Emmy Award-winning documentary production.
Wiley Cash is The New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy. He holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Cash teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. A native of North Carolina, he and his wife live in Wilmington.
Professor Elliot Engel gives new insights into the backgrounds, accomplishments, and lives of the great masters of English and American literature with his engaging presentations. As one of the most sought after and beloved speakers on literature, his mini-lecture series on his favorite literary hero, Charles Dickens, appeared on PBS stations nationwide. We are delighted that this year he will be presenting “Our Slippery Mother Tongue: A Light History of
Georgann Eubanks has worked for more than 30 years for groups ranging from Chautauqua Institution to Harvard Divinity School. She is one of the founders of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and a past chair of Arts North Carolina, the arts industry’s statewide advocacy organization. She also chaired the North Carolina Humanities Council. Eubanks served as Director of the Duke University Writers’ Workshop, and is now leading the Table Rock Writers Workshop, held annually in Little Switzerland, NC. She has published short stories, poems, reviews, and profiles in many magazines and journals including Oxford American, Bellingham Review, Southern Review, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and North American Review. Since 2000 Eubanks has been a principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media, LLC, a multimedia production company involved in the creation of independent, public affairs documentaries for public television. The firm has earned three regional Emmys and numerous other awards for short-and long-form documentary. Most recently, Eubanks was commissioned by the North Carolina Arts Council to create a series of guidebooks that direct curious travelers to the historic sites where Tar Heel authors have lived and worked: Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains , Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont, and Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina.
Philip Gerard is the author of three novels and six books of nonfiction, as well as numerous essays, short stories, and documentary TV scripts. He formerly chaired the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is co-editor with his wife, Jill Gerard, of Chautauqua. His collection of personal essays, The Patron Saint of Dreams, won the North American Gold Meal for Essay/Creative Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher. He is three years into a four-year project of chronicling the Civil War in North Carolina in monthly narrative installments for Our State magazine. His most recent book is Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina.
Alan Hodge lives near Belmont, NC, where his mom’s side of the family has resided since 1773. He is the editor of the BannerNews a weekly, community newspaper covering Belmont, Mt Holly, Camerton, McAdenville, and Stanley. Hodge is an active Civil War and WWII re-enactor. His The North Carolina Quiz Book draws from his Our State magazine column. Test your knowledge with Hodge who is this year’s Ashe County Friends of the Library author, and see how well you and your friends know the Old North State.
Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Robert Inman is a native of Elba, Alabama where he began his writing career in junior high school with his hometown weekly newspaper. He left a 31-year career in television journalism in 1996 to devote full time to fiction writing. He is the author of five novels. His latest, The Governor’s Lady, was published in 2013 by John F. Blair Publishers. The others are Home Fires Burning (1987), Old Dogs and Children (1991), Dairy Queen Days (1997), and Captain Saturday (2002), all published by Little, Brown and Company, He is also the author Coming Home: Life, Love and All Things Southern (Down Home Press, 2000) and The Christmas Bus (Novello Festival Press, 2009).
Daniel Wallace is best known for his 1998 novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, the basis for the Tim Burton film “Big Fish” and the Broadway musical of the same name. His other books include Ray in Reverse and The Watermelon King, and his latest is 2013’s The Kings and Queens of Roam. He is currently the Director of Creative Writing and J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at UNC Chapel Hill.
Allan Wolf is an author, poet, performer and educator. After three years teaching at Virginia Tech, he became the Educational Director for Poetry Alive!, a national touring company that presents theatrical poetry shows for all ages. His books include The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts and New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery, a novel in verse chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an IRA Children’s Book Award Notable. Conducting more than one hundred presentations every year, Allan Wolf is a veteran traveler through all the diverse worlds of verse from poetry slams to public schools, and salons to saloons.