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ON THE BRINK WILL NOT BE HELD DURING 2013


Past Conferences:
On the Brink 2011: "I Ain't Been Much Further Than My Mailbox"

Authors and Works

Clyde Bolton- Hadacol Days: A Southern Boyhood

Susan Gregg Gilmore- The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove

Kathryn Magendie- Tender Graces

Inman Majors- The Millionaires

Alex Heard- The Eyes of Willie McGee

Jennifer Horne- Bottle Tree

Kerry Madden- Up Close: Harper Lee

Jeffrey Stepakoff- Fireworks Over Toccoa

 


In 2009 On the Brink hosted two special events:

A Randy Owen Homecoming (March 28) and Book Signing with Rick Bragg (May 11)
Photos of these events are available at JSU's Photo Database Archive


2008 Conference "Maybe I can explain your devil to you"

WRITERS and WORKS: (click on name to jump to author website)

Sonny Brewer - Cormac
Wayne Caldwell - Cataloochee
Caroline Cousins - Way Down Dead in Dixie
Brent Davis - Raising Kane
Gerald Duff - Fire Ants
Ravi Howard - Like Trees, Walking
Carolyn Jourdan - Heart in the Right Place
Lester Laminack - Snow Day!


2007 Conference "I Don't Give a Damn for a Man that Can Only Spell a Word One Way"

WRITERS and THEIR WORKS

Nancy Grisham Anderson - Wrestling with God: The Meditations of Richard Marius
Howard Bahr - The Judas Field
Thomas Lakeman - The Shadow Catchers
Deborah LeBlanc - A House Divided
Jack Pendarvis - The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
Charles J. Shields - Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
Natasha Trethewey - Native Guard: Poems
J. Wes Yoder - Carry My Bones


2006 Conference "Life's Too Short to Drink Bad 'Shine"

WRITERS and THEIR WORKS

Clyde Bolton - Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off)
Sonny Brewer - The Poet of Tolstoy Park
Pat Cunningham Devoto - The Summer We Got Saved
Beth Ann Fennelly - Tender Hooks
Frank Turner Hollon - The Point of Fracture, Glitter Girl and the Crazy Cheese
Suzanne Hudson - In the Dark of the Moon
Joshilyn Jackson - Gods in Alabama
Theron Montgomery - The Procession


2005 Conference "Won't Do to Give Out Too Much Cloth for One Pair of Pants"

WRITERS and THEIR WORKS

Marlin Barton - A Broken Thing
Joe Formichella - The Wreck of the Twilight Limited
Tom Franklin - Hell at the Breech
Tommy Hays - The Pleasure Was Mine
Roy Hoffman - Chicken Dreaming Corn
Gretchen Laskas - The Midwife's Tale
Dayne Sherman - Welcome to the Fallen Paradise
Frank Stitt - Frank Stitt's Southern Table


2003 Conference "And I'm Happy for Them to Do It"

WRITERS and THEIR WORKS

Aileen Henderson - Tenderfoot Teacher
Brian Hicks - Raising the Hunley
Cassandra King - The Sunday Wife
Norman McMillan - Distant Son
Michael Morris - A Place Called Wiregrass
Lynn Pruett - Ruby River
Steven Sherrill - The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break
Hans Watford - Mortal Strain
Isabel Zuber - Salt


2002 Conference "House Parties, Family Reunions, and Dinner on the Ground"

WRITERS and THEIR WORKS

Howard Bahr - The Year of Jubilo
Marlin Barton - The Dry Well
Anthony Grooms - Bombingham
Ellen Edwards Kennedy - Irregardless of Murder
Michael Knight - Dogfight
Julia Oliver - Music of Falling Water
Carroll Dale Short - The Shining, Shining Path
Jeanie Thompson - White for Harvest


2001 Conference "Are Y' all Hard at It or Are Ya' Just Gallavantin'?"

WRITERS and THEIR WORKS

Clyde Bolton - Nancy Swimmer: A Story of the Cherokee Nation
Ben Erickson - A Parting Gift
Wayne Greenhaw - Beyond the Night
Melinda Haynes - Mother of Pearl
Lynne Hinton - Friendship Cake
Robert Inman - Coming Home: Life, Love, and All Things Southern; Home Fires Burning
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers - The Gospel of Barbecue
Barbara Robinette Moss - Change Me into Zeus' Daughter


2000 Conference "THE MILLENIUM? SHUCKS, WE MISSED IT!"

WRITERS and THEIR WORKS

Evelyn Coleman - What a Woman's Gotta Do
William Gay - The Long Home
Tommy Hays - In the Family Way
Frank Turner Hollon - The Pains of April
Luann Landon - Dinner at Miss Lady's
Dori Sanders - Clover
Mike Stewart - Sins of the Brother


1999 Conference "Damn, boy, I don't think I'd 'a told that"

Nora DeLoach - Mama Stalks the Past
Tony Earley - Here We Are In Paradise
Tom Franklin - Poachers
Judson Mitcham - The Sweet Everlasting
Phyllis Perry - Stigmata
Gwyn Rubio - Icy Sparks
Rick Shelton - Hoggle's Christmas
Daniel Wallace - Big Fish


1998 Conference "Even a Blind Mule Finds an 'Akern' Ever' Once in a While"

Rick Bragg - All Over But the Shoutin'
Robert Coram - Atlanta Heat
Jerry Ellis - Marching Through Georgia
Sibley Fleming - How to Rock Your Baby
Harvey H. Jackson - Putting Loafing Streams to Work
John McCormack - Fields and Pastures New: My First Year As a Country Vet
Charles McNair - Land O' Goshen
Deborah Smith - A Place to Call Home


1997 Conference "'The Devil Made Me Do It' and Other Excuses Why I Write What I Write"

Keith Dunnavant - Coach: The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant
Anne George - Murder on a Bad Hair Day
Charles Ghigna - Riddle Rhymes; Tickle Day
Marianne Moates - A Bridge of Childhood: Truman Capote's Southern Years
Han Nolan - Send Me Down a Miracle
Margaret Skinner - Molly Flanagan and the Holy Ghost
Brad Watson - The Last of the Dogmen


1996 Conference "Looking for the Elephant--Was It Worth the Trouble?"

William Baldwin - The Hard-To-Catch Mercy
Vicki Covington - The Last Hotel for Women
Kathy Hogan Trocheck - To Live and Die in Dixie
Myra McClarey - Water from the Well
Robert Reeves - Peeping Thomas
Marilyn Dorn Staats - Looking for Atlanta
Judith Paterson - Sweet Mystery
Sam Hodges - B-Four


1995 Conference "On the Brink"

John Ed Bradley - Smoke
Dennis Covington - Salvation on Sand Mountain
Sam Hodges - B-Four
Libba Moore Gray - Miss Tizzy
Rheta Grimsley Johnson - America's Faces
Pamela Grundy - You Always Think of Home
Marilyn Dorn Staats - Looking for Atlanta
Clifton Taulbert - Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored


For information, contact:
Steven J. Whitton, swhitton@jsu.edu
Gena Christopher, genac@jsu.edu

Department of English
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