On Saturday, August 9, a group of the award recipients from this year’s Georgia Author of the Year Awards will be joining us at the KSU Center. Each author will discuss his or her book with attendees and, afterward, will be selling and signing books!
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Here are the GAYA authors you will meet on Saturday, August 9!
Jim Elledge, the Biography Winner for Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist
Jim Elledge’s Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist was published by Overlook Press. H, a collection of prose poems, was issued by Lethe Press and A History of My Tattoo: A Poem won a Lambda Literary Award and a Georgia Writer of the Year Award—both in poetry—in 2006. With David Groff, he edited Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners. He lives in Atlanta.
Charles McNair, a Fiction Novel Semi-Finalist for Pickett’s Charge
Alabama native Charles McNair published his first novel, Land O Goshen, to critical acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1994. Currently living in Atlanta, he makes his living as a freelance writer and communication consultant to major corporations. He has served as books editor for Paste magazine since 2005, and he routinely publishes essays, reviews, and articles in national and international publications.
Victoria Wilcox is founding director of Georgia’s Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, the antebellum home of the family of Doc Holliday. Her work with the house led to eighteen years of original research and inspired her novel trilogy, Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday. Inheritance, the first book in the Southern Son saga, was released by Knox Robinson Publishing in May 2013. Wilcox lives in Peachtree City.
Elaine Drennon Little spent more than thirty years as a piano teacher, lounge musician, and public school music educator before retiring to the life of a writer. She has written for journals and magazines about music education. Earning a 2010 MFA from Spalding University as a middle-age gift to herself, she currently lives in North Georgia with hundreds of books and her three-legged cat, Ahab.
Charles Cox is a retired United Methodist minister with more than fifty years in the ministry. He holds a BA and a M.Div. from Emory University. Charles was born in Eastman, Georgia and grew up in the little community of Gresston, eight miles north of Eastman. He and his wife, Carol, now live in Midland, Georgia near Columbus. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Daughter of college professors, Susan Lindsley was born in Milledgeville and raised on a plantation that survived a visit from Sherman’s Army. She worked as a reporter in Macon, has won many writing awards, been published in numerous magazines, and has several published nonfiction and poetry books, including GAYA nominated Susan Myrick of Gone With The Wind: An Autobiographical Biography about her aunt. The Bottom Rail, her first novel, won the ThomasMax “You Are Published” Award in 2013.
William Rawlings, History Finalist for A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff: The Great Recession and the Death of Small Town Georgia
William Rawlings was born, raised, and still lives on the family farm in Sandersville, Georgia. A practicing physician, he is the author of five novels set in the rural South. His fascination in the convoluted history of the state’s small towns led to his exploration of the infamous Rawlings-Tarbutton murder of 1925, which resulted in this book.
Martha M. Ezzard, Memoir/Autobiography Winner for The Second Bud: Deserting the City for a Farm Winery
Martha M. Ezzard is a lawyer, an award-winning writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a farm winery owner. She’s always been a passionate lover of the outdoors. The Ezzards raised their family in Colorado where she was a press aide to the governor and served in the state Senate while practicing law. A native of Atlanta, Ezzard has returned to her Georgia roots and her husband’s family farm.
Michael N. Henderson, Memoir/Autobiography Finalist for Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation
Michael N. Henderson, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy retired, began his genealogy journey almost 30 years ago. Among his discoveries was the 31-year relationship between a free woman of color and a French national who served in the American Revolution. In 2010, Henderson became the first African American in Georgia inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. His research has been displayed in exhibits nationwide and has won acclaim by genealogy societies.
Robert E. Wood teaches at Georgia Tech and received a PhD at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Some Necessary Questions of the Play, a study of Hamlet. His poetry has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, South Carolina Review, Quiddity, Blue Fifth Review, NDQ, Poets and Artists, and Prairie Schooner. His chapbooks, Gorizia Notebook and Sleight of Hand, were published by Finishing Line Press and WordTech published his poetry collection, The Awkward Poses of Others.
Michelle Castleberry is a poet, sometime saxophonist, and clinical social worker. Her poems, rich with imagery from her childhood among the tomato fields and timber lanes of southeastern Arkansas, echo the rhythms of hymns and blues. Castleberry’s work has appeared in Umbrella, Bellemeade Books, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Poemeleon, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia, and is forthcoming in The Chattahoochee Review.
Jody McFerren is a writer, author and cook living in Atlanta. FundaMENUS is a how-to cookbook that provides step-by-step instructions on preparing elegant and budget-friendly dinner parties and elaborate buffets for up to fifty guests! FundaMENUS contains nearly 100 original recipes and Jody has been featured in dozens of publications showcasing this affordable approach to entertaining, including live cooking segments on Your Carolina with Jack & Kimberly and most recently, Atlanta & Company.
Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me,and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments was released in July 2013. Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from Burke County, Georgia and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years where she teaches French and English.
Jessica Hawke’s debut novel Phantom Touch was published by Crescent Moon Press. She loves writing for young adults because of the endless potential and imagination of teenagers. She currently resides in Augusta, Georgia, where she is a middle school teacher and freelance musician.