Pam Brandon is managing editor of Edible Orlando magazine and a food columnist for OrlandoSentinel.com and the Palm Beach Post. She has written twelve cookbooks, including Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans and the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook. Her favorite Florida seafood, hands down, is wild-caught, crispy fried shrimp with a splash of lemon.
Katie Farmand, a proud Florida native, is an Orlando-based food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She is the editor of Edible Orlando magazine. She grew up deep-sea fishing with her grandparents and, to this day, a sandwich made with fried freshly caught grouper is her definition of perfection. This is her second cookbook.
Jeff Herman opened his literary agency in the mid-1980s while in his mid-20s. He has made nearly one-thousand book deals, including many bestsellers. His own books include Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publisher’s, Editors & Literary Agents (more than 500,000 copies sold), and Write the Perfect Book Proposal (coauthored with Deborah Herman). He has presented hundreds of workshops about writing and publishing, and has been interviewed for dozens of publications and programs.
Harrison Scott Key is the author of WORLD’S LARGEST MAN: A MEMOIR (HarperCollins) and a contributing editor for the Oxford American magazine. His humor and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, The Best American Travel Writing, Image, Creative Nonfiction, Reader’s Digest, Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and others. He teaches writing at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter (@HarrisonKey) or at his website.
Heather McPherson is the food editor and restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel and OrlandoSentinel.com. She is a past president of the Association of Food Journalists and is author of two cookbooks, coauthor of five cookbooks, and editor of three others. Her latest work is Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans with Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand. She loves all Florida seafood, but grouper with a lemony caper-dill sauce is her favorite.
Susan Parker specializes in the history of the colonial southeast. She is finalizing the editing of the St. Augustine Historical Society’s new book on the history of St. Augustine. Her work appears in Signposts: New Directions in Southern Women’s Legal History University of Georgia Press; The History of Florida (University of Florida Press) and From La Florida to La California (American Franciscan Academy). She is currently working on a book the residents ” of all colors” of colonial St. Augustine.
Richard C. Crepeau, author of NFL Football: A History of America’s New National Pastime, is a Professor of History at the University of Central Florida. He has been working in the area of Sport History for over forty years and has published numerous articles on the history of baseball, intercollegiate athletics, and sport literature. He is author of Baseball: America’s Diamond Mind, 1919-1941 and has been writing “On Sport and Society” an on-line column for the Sport Literature Association for the past twenty-two years in which he comments on the role of sport in American life. He teaches a two-semester course in the “History of American Sport” and a course for the Honor’s College at UCF titled “Baseball and American Culture.” He is a past-president of the North American Society for Sport History and has served on the editorial boards of several academic publications focusing on Sport.
Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, founder of the narrative journalism website Gangrey.com and author of the New York Times bestselling GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO SAVED THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.