Academic journal article Southern Cultures

Lesser-Known 21st-Century Southern Writers

Academic journal article Southern Cultures

Lesser-Known 21st-Century Southern Writers

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JIMMY PRINGLE (b. 1949) THE SHIRTLESS SHAKESPEARCE OF SAVANNAH

For a dollar he'll write a poem on a leaf with a stick dipped in a mud puddle. Though prolific, especially in autumn, compared with other writers he is markedly lesser-known.

The Hopewell sisters (b. 1954, '59, '62). Jenny, Marie, and Jenny Marie. As talented as any three sisters you're likely to find, they composed everything from sonnets to sagas.

Sadly, most of their best work was lost by the trucking company when they were moving in with their mother-well, that's a long story. Bottom line could be better-known.

Mrs. Sedgewick and the Tiny One-Eyed Genius. No one knew if Mrs. Sedgewick was his wife, his mother, or his assistant, or even how old the Tiny Genius really was. Estimates ranged from 7 to 45. Wrote haiku featuring mythical swamp creatures from the Delta Not very well-known at all.

Able Manly (b. 1965) Posed for this author photo before writing anything, then never wrote anything. But his author bio, which he worked on for years, was meticulously crafted:

"Able Manly divides his time between New York City and New Bern, N. …

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