The Penmen Profile: Award-winning Novelist James E. McTeer II

by Rebecca LeBoeuf School library media specialist James E. McTeer II’s life changed after he won the South Carolina First Novel Prize competition for his adventure novel, “Minnow.” This led to an opportunity to publish “Minnow” with independent publisher Hub City Press, who co-sponsored the competition with The South Carolina…

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The Penmen Profile: Short Fictionist Tony Press

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Short fiction writer Tony Press published a collection of stories, “Crossing the Lines: Stories by Tony Press,” earlier this year. In 2014, one of his stories was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His story, “Funeral Season,” was published in 2015 in The Penmen Review. Press also writes…

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The Penmen Profile: Playwright and Fiction Author Kathy Anderson

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Fiction writer and playwright Kathy Anderson’s first short story collection, “Bull and Other Stories,” published earlier this year. The collection was chosen for publication as the result of winningthe 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Anderson’s short stories, essays, poems and articles have also published in journals, magazines and anthologies….

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The Penmen Review: Multi-Genre Author John Dufresne

by Rebecca LeBoeuf John Dufresne is the author of novels, short stories, nonfiction, plays and chapbooks. He has also edited anthologies and worked with 12 other authors to write “Naked Came the Manatee,” a 1996 mystery novel. Primarily a fiction writer, Dufresne’ most recent work, “I Don’t Like Where this…

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The Penmen Profile: Journalist Turned Memoirist Nancy Nau Sullivan

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Nancy Nau Sullivan’s background as a journalist has proven beneficial throughout her career as a writer, but has provided some challenges as well—particularly in fiction and memoir, which don’t adhere to the concise rules of journalism. Her memoir, “The Last Cadillac: A Memoir,” published in April 2016. Sullivan’s short stories have appeared in…

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The Penmen Profile: Short Story Writer Jean Ryan

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Author Jean Ryan writes short stories and essays, many of which have appeared in journals like Other Voices, Pleiades, The Summerset Review, The Massachusetts Review and The Blue Lake Review. “Survival Skills” (2013), a collection of Ryan’s short stories, garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Review and the Colorado Review, among…

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The Penmen Review: Gold IPPY Winner Cynthia A. Graham

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Author Cynthia A. Graham is anticipating the release of her third book, “Beulah’s House of Prayer,” on the shelves this July. An avid writer of historical fiction, Graham has explored eras including The Great Depression and World War II in her writing. “Beneath Still Waters,” Graham’s debut novel, achieved a Midwest…

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The Penmen Profile: Contemporary Southern Writer Dixon Hearne

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Louisiana native Dixon Hearne uses his Southern roots as an influence in his writing. The author of “Delta Flats: Stories in the Keys of Blues and Hope” (2016), a collection of short stories, tends to incorporate Southern imagery and themes into his work. Hearne writes short stories, novellas, poetry…

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The Penmen Profile: Versatile Writer Peter Grandbois

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Peter Grandbois is an author that does it all. From writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays, Grandbois has two novels, one book of short stories, a memoir and a collection of three novellas published. His Etruscan Press novel, “Nahoonkara,” was a finalist in the 2011 Foreword Review Book of…

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The Penmen Profile: Northern New England Author Merle Drown

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Merle Drown is the author of three novels and numerous flash fiction stories. “Lighting the World” (2015), Drown’s most recent book, pulled upon events that happened in his life and garnered praise from his peers, including best-selling authors Wiley Cash and John Searles. “The Suburbs Of Heaven”…

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