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Emerging Authors

Festival Staff / March 12, 2015

No matter what kind of book sets your heart aflutter, the Tucson Festival of Books is a great opportunity to find new authors to love, including these emerging authors:

John Bicknell

John Bicknell is the author of America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation. He was also co-editor of Politics in America 2012 (1,200 page guide to Congress). A former editor, book reviewer and columnist at CQ Roll Call in Washington, his is now executive editor of FCW, the leading publisher of news on the business of federal computing. Before coming to Washington, Bicknell was an editor and columnist at the Bradenton Herald, a Florida newspaper. He attended the University of Arizona and graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in political science, and lives in Haymarket, Virginia. Click here for session information.

Jason Carney

Jason Carney, a poet, writer, and educator from Dallas, is a four-time National Poetry Slam finalist and was honored as a Legend of the Slam in 2007. He appeared on three seasons of the HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. Carney has performed and lectured at many colleges and universities as well as high schools and juvenile detention centers from California to Maine. Starve the Vulture: One Man's Mythology is his memoir. Click here for session information.

Rafael de Grenade

Rafael de Grenade grew up on a rural farm in the foothills of the Santa Maria Mountains outside of Prescott, Arizona. Her childhood fostered an intimate connection to family and place, cultivated a deep-rooted work ethic, and inspired a passion for the relationship between humans and the natural world. She began working for the rugged Cross U Ranch in north central Arizona at age thirteen, riding, branding, shoeing horses, and gathering cows. Her diverse and place-based education helped her to develop a deep understanding of the farm and the Southwest and her place as a land steward, artist, scientist, and writer. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Prescott College, and a M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona. She is currently is working as a postdoctoral research associate for the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy on transboundary water security. Rafael has traveled in many countries, seeking to understand the complexities of the people-place relationship in the context of a globalizing world. She lives with her husband, Jaime and daughter, Soraya in the Southwest and in Chile. Click here for session information.

Elizabeth Enslin

Born in Seattle, Elizabeth Enslin earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University in 1990. Her academic essays have been published in Cultural Anthropology and Himalayan Research Bulletin. Her creative nonfiction and poetry appear in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, High Desert Journal, Raven Chronicles, Opium MagazineandIn Posse Review.Recognition includes an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission and an Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize. Her most recent work, While the Gods Were Sleeping is a finalist for the 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award. She lives in a straw bale house in the canyons of northeastern Oregon. Click here for session information.

Lucy Ferriss

Born in St. Louis, Lucy Ferriss has lived on both coasts, in the middle, and abroad. She is the author of ten books, mostly fiction. Her new novel, A Sister to Honor,has four main sources of inspiration: Lucy’s day job teaching at a college with the world’s #1 squash team, her research in northern Pakistan, her parenting of an elite athlete, and her history as a rebellious daughter. Lucy’s previous novel, The Lost Daughter (Berkley, 2012), was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate pick, appeared on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list, and was translated into Polish and Chinese. Her memoir, Unveiling the Prophet: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante, was called Best Book of the Year by the Riverfront Times. Her novel Nerves of the Heart was a finalist in the Peter Taylor Prize competition. Leaving the Neighborhood and Other Stories, her collection of short fiction, was the 2000 winner of the Mid-List First Series Award. Other short fiction and essays have appeared most recently in the New York Times, Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Georgia Review, and have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Faulkner Society, the International Society for Narrative, the Fulbright Commission, and the George Bennett Fund, among others.

Lucy received her Ph.D. from Tufts University and lives with Don Moon in the Berkshires and in Connecticut, where she is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College. She has two strong sons and abiding passions for music, politics, travel, tennis, and wilderness. She is working on a novel set during the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904. Click here for session information.

Adele Levine

Adele Levine spent seven years working as a physical therapist in the amputee section at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – the Defense Department's premier combat hospital. At Walter Reed patients never asked if they'd be able to walk again. They just wanted to know when they could run. Adele's darkly funny and poignant memoir of her time there, Run, Don’t Walk has been featured on C-Span Book TV, Fox News, and the Washington Post Book World. Her humor writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and the Washingtonian. She lives in Silver Spring, MD. Click here for session information.

Mary Margaret McAllen

M. M. McAllen writes about the history of the Southwest and Mexico. Her other books include I Would Rather Sleep in Texas: A History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the People of the Santa Anita Land Grant, depicting the blending cultures against the backdrop of the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and border upheavals; and A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier, the 1842 biography of thirteen-year-old Texan John C. C. Hill, captured in battle and adopted by Antonio López de Santa Anna. McAllen regularly provides information for television documentaries filmed by BBC, PBS, and local and public stations in Texas, and she has written numerous articles for magazines and journals. She lives in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for session information.

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