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Richard J. Alley is an award-winning reporter, columnist, and editor from Memphis, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and four children.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Darnell Arnoult is the prize-winning author of What Travels With Us: Poems (LSU Press) and the novel Sufficient Grace (Free Press). Her shorter works have appeared in a variety of journals. Arnoult holds an MFA from University of Memphis and MA from NC State, and is a regular faculty member of the Duke Writers Workshop, Tennessee Young Writers Workshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Learning Events.
Named one of “today's strongest emerging talents in literary fiction and poetry” by Anis Shivani from the Huffington Post, Sybil is the author of two books of fiction. Her linked collection, Talismans, traces one woman’s journey from Virginia to South Korea to Southeast Asia. Her debut novel The Life Plan (Casperian Books) has been called “a screwball comedy for the 21st century, a witty and winning romp through one woman's discovery that life, love, and liberty do not always go according to plan.” Sybil Baker received her MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She spent twelve years teaching in South Korea before returning to the States in 2007. During her extensive travels throughout Asia, she became increasingly interested in the allure and alienation of American travelers and expatriates, and this has heavily influenced her writing. She lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.