Dixon Hearne

Biography

Dixon Hearne lives and writes in Louisiana. He is the author of seven books, including Delta Flats: Stories in the Key of Blues and Hope. His collection, Plantatia: High-toned and Lowdown Stories of the South, was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway award and won the Creative Spirit Award-Platinum for best short fiction collection. From Tickfaw to Shongaloo was awarded Second Place in the Faulkner Novella competition. He is founder and editor of Delta Poetry Review. Visit him online at DixonHearne.com.

 

 

 


Schedule

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room F
Book Talk
Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers: New Voices and New Perspectives

2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers: New Voices, New Perspectives (contributor)

Contributions by Destiny O. Birdsong, Jean W. Cash, Kevin Catalano, Amanda Dean Freeman, David Gates, Richard Gaughran, Rebecca Godwin, Joan Wylie Hall, Dixon Hearne, Phillip Howerton, Emily D. Langhorne, Shawn E. Miller, Melody Pritchard, Nick Ripatrazone, Bes Stark Spangler, Scott Hamilton Suter, Melanie Benson Taylor, Jay Varner, and Scott D. Yarbrough

Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers: New Voices, New Perspectives, an anthology of critical essays, introduces a new group of fiction writers from the American South. These fresh voices, like their twentieth-century predecessors, examine what it means to be a southerner in the modern world.

These writers’ works cover wide-ranging subjects and themes: the history of the region, the continued problems of the working-class South, the racial divisions that have continued, the violence of the modern world, and the difficulties of establishing a spiritual identity in a modern context. The approaches and styles vary from writer to writer, with realistic, place-centered description as the foundation of many of their works. They have also created new perspectives regarding point of view, and some have moved toward the inclusion of “magic realism” and even science fiction in their work.

The nineteen essays in Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers feature a handful of fiction writers who are already well known, such as National Book Award–winner Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, Michael Farris Smith, and Inman Majors. Others deserve greater recognition, and, in many cases, works in this anthology will be the first pieces of analysis dedicated to writers and their work. Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers aims to alert scholars of southern literature, as well as the reading public, to an exciting and varied group of writers, while laying a foundation for future examination of these works.

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