2019 Fiction

Xhenet Aliu is the author of the novel Brass and the fiction collection Domesticated Wild Things. Her work has been published in Glimmer Train, Hobart, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Aliu has received a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Michele Tracy Berger’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Flying South: A Literary Journal and Thing Magazine. She is the author of the science fiction novella, Reenu-You.

Jamey Bradbury holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work has appeared in such publications as Black Warrior Review, Spark + Echo, Zone 3, and elsewhere. The Wild Inside is her debut novel.

Wiley Cashis the author of the novel The Last Ballad, as well as A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy. He founded the Open Canon Book Club and co-founded the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center, and he is the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Fred Chappell is the author of several novels, poetry collections, and essay collections. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for over 40 years and served as the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. As If It Were is his most recent collection of poetry.

Michael Croley is the author of the short story collection Any Other Place. His fiction has appeared in such publications as Narrative Magazine, Catapult, and The Kenyon Review Online, and his essays have been published in Literary Hub, The Paris Review Daily, and The Rumpus, among others. He teaches creative writing at Denison University.

T. Frohock is the author of the novel Where Oblivion Lives. Her other works include the novel Miserere: An Autumn Tale and the novellas In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death. Her work has been anthologized in Evil is a Matter of Perspective and Neverland’s Library: Fantasy Anthology.

Claire Gibson is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Entrepreneur, and The Tennessean. Beyond the Point is her debut novel.

Marianne Gingher has published short stories and essays in publications such as Oxford American, The New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She edited 27 Views of Greensboro and Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers. Gingher is a cartoonist and puppeteer, and with collaborator Deborah Seabrooke, she founded Jabberbox Puppet Theater.

Robert Gipe is the author of the novels Weedeater and Trampoline. He is a recipient of the Weatherford Award for Outstanding Appalachian Novel. His fiction has been published in Appalachian Heritage, Still, Motif, and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel.

Jenna Glass is the author of over twenty novels. The Women’s War is her debut in the genre of epic fantasy.

Jessica Handler is the author of the novel The Magnetic Girl. Her previous books are Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir. Handler’s work has appeared in such publications as Tin House, The Bitter Southerner, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, The Manifest-Station, Brevity, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

Laurel Davis Huber is the author of the novel The Velveteen Daughter. She is a former English teacher and school administrator.

Jen Julian is the author of the short story collection Earthly Delights and Other Apocalypses. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, Beecher’s Magazine, The Greensboro Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and Cleaver.

Soniah Kamal is the author of Unmarriageable: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Catapult, Literary Hub, and elsewhere.

Randall Kenan is an author and professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work includes the fiction collection Let the Dead Bury their Dead and the novel A Visitation of Spirits. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the North Carolina Award, and a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Rebecca Makkai is the author of a short story collection and three novels, the most recent of which is National Book Award Finalist The Great Believers. She is a Pushcart Prize winner and the recipient of an NEA fellowship, and her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories.

Mesha Maren is the author of the novel Sugar Run. She is a recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, as well as numerous grants and fellowships. Her work has been published in Tin House, Oxford American, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. She is the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jill McCorkle is the author of several story collections and novels. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine, and her non-fiction has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, Southern Living, and Our State. Her latest novel is Life After Life.

Steve Mitchell is a short story writer, essayist, and journalist. His debut novel, Cloud Diary, was recently published by C&R Press. His short story collection from Press 53 is titled, The Naming of Ghosts.

Valerie Nieman is a fiction writer and poet whose most recent work is the novel To the Bones. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Missouri Review and Chautauqua, and she teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University.

Michael Parker is the author of several novels and short story collections. He is a recipient of the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters and the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the NEA. His most recent novel is the novel Prairie Fever.

Etaf Rum is the author of the novel A Woman Is No Man. The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, she was born and raised in Brooklyn.

Deborah Seabrook is the co-founder of Jabberbox Puppet Theatre. Her work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and The Best American Short Stories anthology. Seabrooke teaches English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Samia Serageldin is a writer and editor whose fiction includes The Cairo House, The Naqib’s Daughter, and Love Is Like Water and Other Stories. She is a founder and editor of the magazine South Writ Large: Stories, Arts, and Ideas from the Global South. Her most recent work is the anthology Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South, which she co-edited with Lee Smith.

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour. The recipient of a Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, Sickels is editor of the anthology Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships, and Identity. His essays and fiction have appeared in such publications as Buzzfeed and Guernica.

Krystal A. Smith is a Black lesbian writer of poetry and fiction. Her debut collection of speculative short fiction is Two Moons.

Lee Smith is the author of seventeen works of fiction, including Guests on Earth and The Last Girls, and the memoir Dimestore: A Writer’s Life. Her awards include the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Her most recent work is the anthology Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South, which she co-edited with Samia Serageldin.

Zadie Smith is the author of several novels, including White Teeth, NW, Swing Time, and On Beauty, as well as the essay collection Feel Free. She is the recipient of several awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of the collection Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. Her work has appeared in such publications as Feminist Speculative Poetry and Southern Revival. She is editor of the anthology Dark Matter: Reading the Bones.

Liza Wieland is the author of several poetry and fiction collections. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Michigan Literary Fiction Prize, and the 2017 Robert Penn warren Award for Fiction. Wieland’s most recent novel, Paris, 7 A.M., is based on the life of poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Michele Young-Stone is the author of the novels Lost in the Beehive, Above Us Only Sky, and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, which the Boston Globe called “an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut.”