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Mary Adams Belk lives in Auburn, Alabama where her column appears weekly in the Opelika Auburn News. She has published a number of short stories and nonfiction articles over the years. Her short stories have earned awards in several contests, including the Alabama Writers’ Conclave competition. Her first book of collected columns, Second Cup, was published in 2013 and a follow up collection, A Cup To Go was published in 2015.

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Mary Adams Belk

Mary Helen Brown, originally from Center, Texas, was an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University for many years. She was a Breeden Scholar at Auburn during which time she wrote her first novel, Headed for Home.

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Mary Helen Brown

A. Embry Burrus (r) with her sister, Margaret

Embry Burrus grew up in Columbus, Georgia and currently lives in Opelika, Alabama. For the past fourteen years, she worked in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University as a clinical supervisor in speech pathology, and is now a full-time caregiver for her older sister, Margaret, who has Down syndrome. She is co-author of a textbook, Professional Communication in Speech-Language Pathology: How to Write, Talk, and Act Like a Clinician, and has
been published in Byline, Lake Martin Living and The Birmingham Arts Journal.

Marian Carcache's short stories have appeared in ShenandoahChattahoochee Review, and other journals. Her work has been anthologized in Due South, Belles' Letters, Crossroads: Stories of the Southern Literary Fantastic, Climbing Mt. Cheaha: Emerging Alabama Writers, and Chinaberries and Crows. Her first book, The Moon and the Stars: New and Collected Stories, was published in 2013.

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Marian Carcache

Wendy Cleveland

Wendy Cleveland grew up in Pennsylvania and later earned degrees from Ithaca College and the University of New Hampshire. After teaching English for thirty years in Ithaca and Lansing, New York, she and her husband Tom moved to Auburn, Alabama, where she mentored Auburn University student athletes for eight years. Her poems have appeared in Yankee, Red Rock Review, Persimmon Tree, and Chinaberries and Crows among other publications. Wendy is a member
of the Chewacla Writers' Guild, the Alabama Writers’ Forum, and the Academy of American Poets.

William Ogden Haynes, Ph.D. was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan and grew up a military brat. After earning his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northern Michigan University in Speech-Language Pathology, he served in the U.S. Navy, completed his doctoral degree at Bowling Green State University and taught at Auburn University in the department of communication disorders for thirty-two years. After retirement, he began writing poetry and short fiction and has published over one hundred and fifty poems/short stories in literary journals. 

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William Ogden Haynes

Peter Huggins has published six books of poems. His last two volumes, South and Audubon's Engraver were published by Solomon & George. South was shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award for poetry in 2014. Over 300 of his poems appear in more than 100 journals, magazines, and anthologies. Peter has also published one middle grade novel and two children's books, the latest by Solomon & George is Thibodeaux and the Fish, which was illustrated by Mary Ann Casey.

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Peter Huggins

Madison Jones is a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Florida—where he studies ecocomposition and environmental rhetoric and works with the TRACEjournal & innovation initiative. He is editor-in-chief of Kudzu House Quarterly, a literary and scholarly journal devoted to ecological thought. His first book of poetry, Live at Lethe, was published in 2013. Reflections on the Dark Water, his second poetry collection was released in spring 2016.

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M. P. Jones

Kelly Kazek is a journalist, humor columnist and blogger. She is the author of ten books, including the humor collection Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom, and several books on regional history. She has won more than one-hundred-and-eighty state and national press awards and twice served as president of the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with her hubby, Sweetums.


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The Mystic Order of East Alabama Fiction Writers is a group of six women who have met the first Wednesday of every month for over a decade to read each others' work and enjoy good food and drink. Their books include writing from each of the five Mystic authors: Joanne Camp, Marian Carcache, Mary Dansak, Gail Langley, Judith Nunn, and illustrations from Mystic artist Margee Bright-Ragland.

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Mystic Order of East Alabama

Fiction Writers

(The Mystics)

John M. Williams

John M. Williams grew up in Auburn and attended Auburn public schools and Auburn University. For five years in the eighties he owned and ran a small printing business, Village Printers. He recently retired from LaGrange College, where he taught for twenty-six years. He was named Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel for his novel Lake Moon in 2002. With singer/songwriter Ken Clark he has written five rock’n’roll comedies, with several local productions. With Rheta Grimsley Johnson he co-wrote Hiram, a musical play about the early teen years of Hank Williams, produced by the Pell City Players in Alabama. He has published a variety of stories, essays, and reviews through the years.

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