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A South Carolina Writer’s Workshop/Carrie McCray Literary Award winner, SC Fiction Project honoree, and Faulkner-Wisdom short story finalist, James D. McCallister has worked as a motion picture archivist, newspaper columnist, freelance journalist, small business owner, and author: fiction publications include stories in Pearl, Sandlapper, Petigru Review, and the Saturday Evening Post, as well as two novels, King’s Highway (Red Letter Press, 2007) and Fellow Traveler (Muddy Ford Press, 2012); a third, DOGS OF PARSONS HOLLOW, is currently being shopped by agent Michelle L. Johnson. McCallister lives in West Columbia, SC, with his wife Jenn and their beloved brood of a dozen cats, muses all.
Terri McCord is a visual artist as well as a poet. The South Carolina Arts Commission awarded her the literary fellowship in poetry for 2001-2002. She won first place out of 600 entries in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative/The State Newspaper Single Poem Contest. Other awards include finalist standing in the Press 53 Open Awards, Pocataligo Poetry Prize from Yemassee Review, Southeast Review. She won the 2007 Don Russ Poetry Prize from Kennesaw Review. She has read for the Sundown Poetry Series at the Spoleto Festival and has conducted workshops in the upstate - most recently for the Foothills Writers Guild.
Susan Laughter Meyers is the author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, released in August 2013 as the inaugural winner of the Cider Press Review Editors' Prize. In earlier drafts it was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and Robert Dana Anhinga Prize. Her book Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006) received the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook Lessons in Leaving (1998) won the Persephone Press Book Award. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, and jubilat, as well as the online sites Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column. A long-time writing instructor with an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, Meyers teaches poetry workshops and classes in area community programs. She is a past president of the poetry societies of both North and South Carolina. Her awards include fellowships from the SC Academy of Authors and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).