John Clement is the author of the popular Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series created by his mother, the late and greatly-missed Blaize Clement. The 10th book in the series, THE CAT SITTER’S WHISKERS (St. Martins/Minotaur) is in bookstores now, and coming in December is THE CAT SITTER & THE CANARY. John divides his time between Siesta Key, Florida, where the series takes place, and New York City. You can find John at DixieHemingway.com, Facebook, or on Twitter @johnclement
Susanna Daniel is the author of two novels. Stiltsville was a winner of the 2011 PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, and Sea Creatures was named the Target Book Club pick of September 2014, and an Amazon Editors’ Top Pick in August of 2013. Susanna is a co-founder of the Madison Writers’ Studio and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University. Her work has been published in Newsweek, Slate, Epoch, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and now lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin. She is at work on a third novel.
John Henry Fleming’s most recent book is Songs for the Deaf, an International Book Award Winner described by Karen Russell as “a joyful, deranged, endlessly surprising book of stories that defy easy categorization.” Others have likened his fiction to “campfire tales from the state’s coolest scout leader.” Fleming is also the author of The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, a novel just re-issued in a 20th Anniversary Edition; Fearsome Creatures of Florida, an eco-conscious literary bestiary; and The Book I Will Write, a novel-in-emails originally published serially and now available as an ebook. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, The North American Review, Mississippi Review, New World Writing, Fourteen Hills, and Carve, and his awards include two Literature Fellowships from the State of Florida. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida and is the founder and advisory editor of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. You can visit his website at www.johnhenryfleming.com.
Michael Morris is a fifth generation Floridian from Perry, Florida and the author of the award winning novel, A Place Called Wiregrass. His second novel Slow Way Home, was named one of the best novels of the year by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Author Pat Conroy calls Morris one of his “favorite Southern writers” and says Morris’s latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, set in Apalachicola, Florida, is “one of the best portraits of a small Southern town I’ve ever encountered.” Publishers Weekly says the novel “is a magical and mesmerizing page-turner…with overtones of Flannery O’Connor and the rural Florida backdrop of Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
Publishers Weekly also named Man in the Blue Moon a best book of 2012. In addition, the Alabama Librarian’s Association named the novel Fiction Book of the Year.
A finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, Morris’s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Jeff Newberry is the Poet in Residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. He is the author of the novel A Stairway to the Sea and the poetry collection Brackish. His writing has appeared in a variety of print and electronic journals, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Southeast Review, and Crab Orchard Review.