F111. Born on the Bayou: Five Fiction Writers with Southern Ties

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


To label a writer “Southern” creates polarizing reactions: from endorsement to denial. Yet writers continue to explore the extraordinary cultural and physical geography of the American South. This panel gathers five fiction writers with distinct connections to different Southern states. Panelists discuss how growing up in, moving to, or leaving the South has diversely influenced their literary identities, their evolutions of creative aesthetics, and their varied reactions to external labels.


Alexander Lumans was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Creative Writing Resident. He has received fellowships and scholarships to MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Brush Creek, Blue Mountain, ART342, Norton Island, Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and The Arctic Circle Residency. He received the 2015 Wabash Prize in Fiction.

Yuri Herrera's novels Trabajos del reino, Señales que precederán al fin del mundo, and La transmigración de los cuerpos have been translated into several languages; in English they are published by And Other Stories. He is currently an assistant professor at Tulane University.

Emily Nemens is coeditor and prose editor of The Southern Review, a literary quarterly published at Louisiana State University. Her writing has appeared in LA Review of Books, n+1, and The Gettysburg Review, and her drawing has been featured in The New Yorker and in collaboration with Harvey Pekar.

Mary Miller is the author of two collections of stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour, as well as a novel, The Last Days of California. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Crystal Wilkinson is the author of The Birds of Opulence, winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence; Blackberries, Blackberries; and Water Street, which was nominated for both the Orange Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside