Elizabeth Cox has published novels, short stories, and poetry. Her poetry has appeared in Kentucky Review, The Southern view, The Oxford American, The Atlantic Monthly, among others. Her short stories have been cited for excellence in both Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Press. One story, “Third of July” was chosen for The O. Henry Award Collection. Other stories have been read on NPR and Symphony Space by Joan Allen. She has published four novels and was awarded the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction in 2013 by Fellowship of Southern Writers, and inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Cox taught creative writing at Duke University for 17 years. She held the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at UMass-Lowell, and taught at MIT in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. She also taught for 10 years in the Bennington Writing Seminars and for six years at Wofford College, sharing the John Cobb Chair with her husband C. Michael Curtis. She is presently not teaching and spends her time working on a book of essays, a book of stories, and a new novel.
A native of South Carolina, longtime Charlotte resident, Diana Pinckney is the winner of the 2010 Ekphrasis Prize and Atlanta Review’s 2012 International Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize five times. Cream City Review, Crucible and Persimmon Tree are among the journals that have given her awards. Published in RHINO, Cave Wall, Arroyo, Green Mountains Review, Tar River Poetry, The Pedestal magazine, Iodine, Jacar anthologies and other journals and anthologies, Pinckney has five books of poetry, including 2015’s The Beast and The Innocent. Her first collection won contests from South and North Carolina presses.