James Hannaham has published a pair of novels: Delicious Foods, a PEN/Faulkner Award winner and New York Times Notable Book, and God Says No, a Lambda Book Award finalist. He practices many other types of writing and art and teaches at the Pratt Institute.
Crystal Wilkinson is the author of the novel The Birds of Opulence (2016), Blackberries, Blackberries, winner of the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature, and Water Street, a finalist for both the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Ron Davis (AKA upfromsumdirt) is a poet, an award-winning visual artist, and a graphic designer whose art has been exhibited across the South and the Midwest and has graced the covers of several journals and book covers, including Wilkinson's The Birds of Opulence, his own poetry collection Caul & Response and Keith Gilyard's The Next Great Old-School Conspiracy, among others. Together they run Wild Fig Books and Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky. Wild Fig Books was included in The New York Times recent feature on independent bookstores .
The Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series is made possible by a generous gift from benefactors Robert J. and Katherin Carr. All events in the series are free and open to the public.
Other recent visiting writers and poets in the series have included Andre Dubus III, Traci Brimhall, Richard Hoffman, Ladan Osman, Roger Reeves, and Kara Candito.
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