Clarksville, Tennessee, was a pivotal center of the Southern Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Writers of the era living in Clarksville included Robert Penn Warren, Evelyn Scott, Caroline Gordon and Allen Tate. Additional writers, including Cleanth Brooks, Ford Madox Ford, Donald Davidson, Katherine Ann Porter, Robert Lowell, Andrew Lytle, Malcolm Cowley, Frances and Brainard Cheney and others gathered to write and discuss their work at "Benfolly," Tate and Gordon's home overlooking the banks of the Cumberland River. Their Clarksville home became a Mecca for writers of the Southern Renaissance, and from that site poured literature which enriched the American scene. In that great tradition, we offer you the Fourteenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.

 



Michel Stone

Michel Stone

Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2017) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck, and both books have been optioned for film. Border Child has been favorably reviewed by The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, Charleston Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books and Kirkus (starred review), among many others.

Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. A graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. She is the immediate past board chair of the Hub City Writers Project and has served on The Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board, The Clemson University Humanities Advancement Board, and as a Trustee of Spartanburg Day School. Visit Michel Stone on the web at www.michelstone.com.


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Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Dark Unwinding (2012), A Spark Unseen (2013), Rook (2015), The Forgetting (2016) and The Knowing (2017), all from Scholastic Press. Her books have won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, the Parents' Choice Gold Award, and have been chosen for numerous lists, including Indie Next Top Ten and YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults.

When not writing, Sharon can be found shooting her longbow, pondering the past, or continuing her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, TN. Visit Sharon Cameron on the web at www.sharoncameronbooks.com, www.facebook.com/sharoncameronbooks, or on Twitter @CameronSharonE.


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Penny Lewis

Penny Lewis

Penny Lewis' first two books are 2018 Georgia Author of the Year nominees: Bearing Crosses for "Best First Novel" and Microwave is Dead for "Best Literary Fiction" (award winners to be announced June 2). Her third novel, Dear Crabigail, is in development. With her husband, Dan, she has also written and produced 38 musicals for children.

A Berry College graduate, Penny is a former Industrial Arts teacher and former director of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. She and her husband are parents to grown and gone children Meagan, Leslie and Chris and currently live in Carrollton, Georgia, with their mentally ill cat Roxie and rescue goldfish Judy. Penny is enjoying retirement, writing novels, making pottery at the Blue Heron Studio and painting canvases on her back porch. Visit Penny Lewis on the web at www.pennylewis.press.


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Bren McClain

Bren McClain

Bren McClain is a writer, who never gave up. After winning a handful of awards over the last two decades for novel excerpts and short stories, her literary novel, One Good Mama Bone, found a home with Pat Conroy's Story River Books in 2017. The novel was named Pulpwood Queen 2017 Book of the Year, a 2017 Great Group Reads by the Women's National Book Association, top book of 2017 by Lit Picks, a 2017 winter Okra pick by the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance, a finalist for the 2018 Crook's Corner Book Prize and received a starred review in "Booklist."

Bren is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is at work on her next novel, Took, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress.

Bren makes her home on 100 acres outside of Nashville, TN. Find her online at www.brenmcclain.com.


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Stephanie Pruitt

Stephanie Pruitt

Stephanie Pruitt is a poet and artist business coach, born and raised in Nashville, TN. She uses art as a force to help us learn, live and work with greater connectivity and meaningfulness.

Stephanie earned her MFA from Vanderbilt University and has taught at Peabody College of Education, Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, and as an artist in residence at over 100 community spaces. Essence Magazine named her one of their "40 Favorite Poets." In addition to numerous anthologies and literary magazines, her work can be found on sidewalks, library windows, restaurant menus and vending machines. The TED talk speaker is on a mission to end starving artist syndrome by teaching ARTrepreneurship workshops across the country.

When not doing something art related, Stephanie can be found obsessing over her soon-to-fly-the-coop daughter, Nia. Visit Stephanie Pruitt on the web at www.stephaniepruitt.com.


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Ken Sherman

Ken Sherman

Ken Sherman is president of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company was established in 1989, and handles film, television and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights.

An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker, having taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers' conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he just received a lifetime achievement award. Visit Ken Sherman & Associates on the web at www.kenshermanassociates.com.


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J.M. White

Michael White

J.M. (Michael) White's short stories, poems, interviews, essays and book reviews have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Sewanee Review, Parabola, Psychedelic Monographs and Essays, Vanderbilt Review and The Mirror, as well as in magazines and journals in Canada, England, Italy, Japan and India. He has written seven books, three of poetry and one a bi-lingual edition in Romanian.

White befriended critically-acclaimed Tennessee author William Gay for the last ten years of his life. When Gay died in 2012, his children asked Michael to sort his papers. He found five unpublished books and has been working since then to prepare them for publication, with the assistance of Team Gay, four friends who helped get the material typed and edited. He is also working on a biography of Gay. Visit J.M. White on the web at www.futurenothingnessalready.com and The William Gay Archive at www.williamgay.net.


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Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner is the author of New York Times Notable Book The Serpent King, Goodbye Days, and the forthcoming Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee.

He has won the William C. Morris Award, Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, International Literacy Association Award, Westchester Fiction Award, been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and UKLA, and was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize and Indies Choice Award. He was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an Indies Introduce pick.

Before becoming a writer, Zentner was a musician who recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. He lives in Nashville. Visit Jeff Zentner on the web at www.jeffzentnerbooks.com.


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