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.

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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.

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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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