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Chapel Hill, NC
Elizabeth Spencer was born in Carrollton, MS. She received an M.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1943. Her first novel was published in 1948; eight other novels followed. Spencer has published stories in The New Yorker, Atlantic, and other magazines. She went to Italy in 1953 on a Guggenheim, and met her future husband, John Rusher. In 1986 they moved to Chapel Hill, where Spencer taught writing at UNC until 1992. Her most recent book is Starting Over: Stories. Her other titles include The Southern Woman: Selected Fiction, The Voice at the Back Door, The Salt Line, The Night Travellers, and The Light in the Piazza, made into a movie in 1963 and was premiered as a musical production on Broadway in spring 2005. It received very good reviews, and won six Tony Awards in June 2006. She is a member of the American Academy of Årts and Letters, and a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Spencer’s writing has received numerous awards, including the Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 she received the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction. Her latest award is the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, The 2013 Rea Award for Short Fiction. The Southern Woman: Selected Fiction (Modern Library, 2001), has recently been released as a Modern Library trade paperback. A documentary film has now been produced on her life and work. It is titled Landscapes of the Heart: the Elizabeth Spencer Story, and is now available forshowing. Please see her web site: www.elizabethspencerwriter.com for more information.
Lisa Stice received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She taught high school for ten years and is now a military wife who lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. In addition to the publications listed below, some of her poems are forthcoming in or published in Poets and War, Into the Void Magazine, tiny poetry: macropoetics, Riding Light, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, and Forgotten.