Books: Hell at the Breech, Poachers
Born in Dickinson, Alabama, near setting of his novel Hell at the Breech
Lives in Oxford, Miss., with wife, poet Beth-Ann Fennelly
2. Vicki Covington
Books: Bird of Paradise, Gathering Home, Night Ride Home, The Last Hotel for Women
Born in Birmingham, Alabama
Lives in Birmingham with her husband, Dennis Covington, writer of nonfiction and young adult novels
3. Cassandra King
Books: The Sunday Wife, Making Waves in Zion
Born in Alabama
Lives in South Carolina with her husband, best-selling novelist Pat Conroy
4. Elizabeth Dewberry
Books: Many Things Have Happened Since He Died, Break the Heart of Me, Sacrament of Lies
Novelist and playwright
Born and raised in Birmingham
Lives in Florida with her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Olen Butler
5. Michael Knight
Books: Divining Rod, Goodnight, Nobody, Dogfight & Other Stories
Born in Mobile, Alabama
Teaches writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
6. Mark Childress
Books: A World Made of Fire, V For Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone for Good
Born in Monroeville, Alabama
7. Mary Ward Brown
Books: It Wasn't All Dancing, Tongues of Flames
Born in Hamburg, Alabama
Lives in Browns, Alabama
8. Sena Jeter Naslund
Books: Ahab's Wife, Sherlock in Love, Four Spirits, The Disobediance of Water
Born in Birmingham
Teaches at the University of Louisville,
9. Suzanne Hudson
Books: In a Temple of Trees, Opposable Thumbs
Born in Brewton, Ala.
Lives in Alabama
1. Padgett Powell
Books: Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men, Edisto, A Woman Named Drown, Edisto Revisted, Typical
Born in Gainesville, Florida
Teaches writing at the University of Florida
2. Scott Morris
Books: Waiting for April, The Total View of Taftly
Born in Jacksonville, Florida
Lives in Oxford, Miss., teaches at Ole Miss
3. Connie May Fowler
Books: Before Women Had Wings, Remembering Blue, River of Hidden Dreams, Sugar Cage
Raised in St. Augustine, Florida
1. Mary Hood
Books: How Far She Went, Familiar Heat, And Venus is Blue
Born in Brunswick, Ga.
She lives in Jackson County, Ga.
2. Philip Lee Williams
Books: The Heart of a Distant Forest, The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorsett, The Song of Daniel, Perfect Timing
Born in Madison, Ga.
Lives in Watkinsville, Ga. Teaches writing at University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
3. Shay Youngblood
Books: Soul Kiss, Black Girl in Paris, The Big Mama Stories
Born in Columbus, Ga.
4. Terry Kay
Books: The Year the Lights Came On, After Eli, To Dance with the White Dog, Taking Lottie Home, The Valley of Light
Born in Vanna, Ga.
Lives in Athens, Ga.
5. Tina McElroy Ansa
Books: You Know Better, The Hand I Fan With, Ugly Ways, Baby of the Family
Born in Macon, Ga.
Lives on St. Simons Island, Ga.
6. Augusta Trobaugh
Books: Swan Place, Sophie and the Rising Sun, Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb, Praise Jerusalem!
Born in Atlanta, Ga.
Lives in Athens, Ga.
7. Janice Daugharty
Books: Earl in the Yellow Shirt, Pawpaw Patch, Necessary Lies, Dark of the Moon, Whistle
Born outside Valdosta, Ga.
Lives in Echols County, Ga
8. Harry Crews
Books: A Feast of Snakes, Celebration, Karate is a Thing of the Spirit, Blood and Grits, Scar Lover
Born in Alma, Georgia
Lives in Gainseville, Florida
1. Chris Offutt
Books: The Good Brother: A Novel, Kentucky Straight,
Out of the Woods
Grew up in Haldeman, Ky.
2. Dwight Allen
Books: The Green Suit, Judge
Born in Louisville, Ky.
Lives in Madison, Wisconsin
3. Silas House
Books: Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, Coal Tattoo (forthcoming)
Born in Lily, Ky.
Lives in Lily, Ky.
4. Wendell Berry
Books: Nathan Coulter, A World Lost, Remembering, The Memory of Old Jack, Jayber Crow
Born in Newcastle, Ky.
Lives in Port Royal, Ky.
5. Crystal Wilkinson
Books: Water Street, Blackberries, Blackberries
Raised in Indian Creek, Ky.
Lives in Lexington, Ky.
1. James Wilcox
Books: Modern Baptists, Sort of Rich, Polite Sex, Plain and Normal, Heavenly Days
Born in Hammond, La.
Directs creative writing program at Louisiana State University
2. John Ed Bradley
Books: Restoration, Tupelo Nights, My Juliet, Love and Obits, Smoke