R237. Bad Moon Rising: Writing It Weird in the South

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


The practice of writing it weird in the South runs deep. Be it Flannery O’Connor’s gothic or Barry Hannah’s grotesqueries, the region breeds a Southern Comfort brand of the surreal. In this panel, five established and emerging fiction writers give voice to contemporary iterations of this regional tradition, ranging from steeplechase necromancers to bayou bestiaries. Through readings of their haunting and fantastic visions, these writers present an updated essence of the uncanny American South.


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.

Tiffany Quay Tyson is the author of the novel Three Rivers (finalist for the Colorado Book Award and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction), and the forthcoming novel The Past Is Never. Tyson teaches fiction at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Jamie Quatro is the author of the story collection I Want To Show You More and the novel Fire Sermon, both from Grove Press. She is a visiting professor in the MFA program at Sewanee and a contributing editor at Oxford American.

Matthew Baker is author of the story collection Hybrid Creatures and the novel If You Find This. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, One Story, and Electric Literature. He has an MFA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the founding editor of Nashville Review.

Jamey Hatley's writing has appeared in The Oxford American, Memphis Noir, Callaloo, and elsewhere. A former NEA fellow in prose, she has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. She is codirector of the Center for Southern Literary Arts.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside