On March 11th, as it rained like hell, I had the pleasure of hosting three extremely talented authors. Shanti Weiland, Laura Hendrix-Ezell, and Jessica Kidd all braved the weather, along with loved ones and the coolest public and delighted is with their words. I love not only having artists speak about their process but also getting to hear their work is extremely exciting, satisfying and humbling to me. I’m very honered to call these talented ladies friends:) Thank you to everyone who came out and showed them the attention they deserve. Also- thank you to Shanti who held it together while battling a cold!
Shanti Weiland’s book Sister Nun is the 2015 winner of the Negative Capability Press Book Competition. Weiland received her BA in English from the University of California, Davis and later moved to the desert, pursuing a Creative Writing MA at Northern Arizona University. She then traveled to the humid and friendly south, where she earned a PhD in Poetry from the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently teaches writing and literature at The University of Alabama and lives in Birmingham with her wife and pets.
Laura Hendrix Ezell
Laura Hendrix Ezell’s story collection, A Record of Our Debts, was winner of the 2015 Moon City Short Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, and other journals. She received an MFA in Fiction from The University of Alabama, and currently works as a school librarian in Birmingham.
Jessica Fordham Kidd is a lifelong Alabamian. She is the associate director of first-year writing at the University of Alabama, and her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Storyscape, Tinderbox, and The Paris Review among
Listen to the music picked by the author’s that inspired thier works and characters:
Sister Nun and A Record of our Debts are both available at the store and on line!