2019 Conference Speakers
2019 Keynote Topic
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Praise for Thomas Mullen's Lightning Men
One of the Top 10 Crime Novels of 2017 --The New York Times Book Review
“Outstanding.” — Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
"Exciting." — Wall Street Journal
"Expands the boundaries of crime fiction." — Chicago Tribune
"Gripping." — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Never lets up on suspense.” — Booklist (starred review)
“Deserves a place on every suspense reader's list. Here's hoping for many more installments.” — Library Journal (starred review)
Thomas Mullen is the author of Darktown, an NPR Best Book of the Year, which has been shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and has been nominated for two CWA Dagger Awards; The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction; The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers; and The Revisionists. His next novel, Lightning Men, which follows the characters from Darktown two years later, was named one of the Top 10 Crime Novels of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review.
His works have been named to Year’s Best lists by The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kirkus Reviews, The Onion’s A/V Club, The San Diego Union-Times, Paste Magazine, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and Amazon. His stories and essays have been published in Grantland, Paste, The Huffington Post, and Atlanta Magazine. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and sons.
For more information, visit www.ThomasMullen.net.
Topic to be announced
Diana Flegal has been an agent with Hartline Literary Agency for twelve years. She represents mainstream and inspirational titles, fiction and nonfiction, but nothing that conflicts with the Christian Worldview. She is currently looking for nonfiction authors with a substantial platform, as well as outstanding contemporary women’s fiction, issue fiction, and formula romance.
When she is not reading submissions or stealing away with a recreational read, she is hiking in the mountains, or kayaking the many lakes of her home state, North Carolina.
Karen Head is Executive Director of the Communication Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as the Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She is the author of Disrupt This!: MOOCs and the Promises of Technology, as well as four books of poetry (Sassing, My Paris Year, Shadow Boxes and On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year). In 2010, she won the Oxford International Women’s Festival Poetry Prize. She also creates digital poetry and has exhibited several acclaimed digital poetry projects, including “Monumental” (part of Antony Gormley’s One and Other Project) which was detailed in a TIME online mini-documentary. She is also the Editor of the international poetry journal Atlanta Review.
Ekphrastic Poetry: How Engaging with Other Art Forms Can Make You a Better Poet
In this session, poet and editor Karen Head, will offer an overview of ekphrastic poetry, and explain how it can help poets generate new material and strengthen their craft—no matter what form(s) of poetry they write. Please bring paper and pen or laptop for some hands-on practice and sharing.
Publishing Your Poetry: What Do Editors Want?
In this session, Karen Head, Editor of Atlanta Review, will discuss the important considerations for submitting your work to a poetry journal. She will also take questions from the participants.