Featured Writers

Lions in Winter 2016 will be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. Jan. 29-30, 2016. Moira Crone is the keynote for this year’s festival and the other featured writers are Bradford Tice, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Andrew Malan Milward.


Moira Crone

Author of six works of fiction, keynote reader Moira Crone has won distinction for her short stories, her novels, and her speculative fiction. In 2009 she received the Robert Penn Warren Award from the Southern Fellowship of Writers for the body of her work. Allan Gurganus wrote the citation, calling her “a fablemaker with a plentitude of nerve, (and) an epic heart…” Her 2014 novel The Ice Garden, a coming of age tale set in the 1960’s South, has been called nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Award for Fiction this year, and was hailed by author Lee Smith, “a heart-stopper.” Her 2012 dystopian The Not Yet, set in a drowned, future, New Orleans was one of seven finalists for the international Philip K. Dick Award for paperback science fiction novel of the year.  She has received fellowships from the NEH, the NEA, Bunting Institute at Harvard-Radcliffe, and the ATLAS program for Louisiana artists.  Her fiction has been selected for the annual prize collection New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best five times. Her stories and essays have appeared in two dozen anthologies and in The New Yorker, Mademoiselle, TriQuarterly, Oxford American, Fantasy and Science Fiction. The former director of the MFA program at Louisiana State University, for many years she edited the fiction series for the University Press of Mississippi. She lives in New Orleans.


Bradford Tice

Bradford Tice is the author of two books of poetry: Rare Earth (New Rivers Press, 2013), which was named the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project and a 2014 Debut-litzer finalist, and What the Night Numbered (Trio House Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Trio Award. The poems in his most recent collection come from a narrative series that simultaneously retells the story of Cupid and Psyche and the events of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that jump-started the gay and lesbian civil rights movement. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, North American Review, The American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Epoch, as well as in Best American Short Stories 2008. His poetry was also selected as the winner of Prairie Schooner’s 2009 Edward Stanley Award. He currently teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.


Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s first children’s book, Children of Long Ago, written by Lessie Jones Little (1988) won the Peoples’ Choice Award. She has illustrated over seventy-three award-winning books for children since then. Gilchrist illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking, the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, and Me & Neesie, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She wrote and co-illustrated My America with Ashley Bryan, which was named a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award winner. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist received an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.


Wendy C. Ortiz

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015). Wendy wrote the year-long, monthly column “On the Trail of Mary Jane” about medical marijuana dispensary culture in Southern California for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, The RumpusHazlitt, and Brain, Child magazine, among many other journals. She has twice been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, a rural writing retreat for women writers. Wendy co-founded the Rhapsodomancy Reading Series, which she has curated and hosted since 2004. She is a mother and registered marriage and family therapist intern in Los Angeles.


Andrew Malan Milward

A native of Lawrence, Kansas, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Andrew Malan Milward is the author of the story collections The Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was awarded the Juniper Prize in Fiction by the University of Massachusetts (2012), and I Was a Revolutionary (HarperCollins 2015). He has served as the McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, Jentel, and Yaddo. He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and is the editor-in-chief of Mississippi Review.


Lions in Winter Literary Festival would not be possible without the generous support of the Doudna Fine Arts Center New and Emerging Artists Series, the EIU College of Arts and Humanities, EIU Department of English, Booth Library, Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, Coles County Arts Council, the Tarble Arts Center, USuites Hotel, Brick House Bar & Grill, and First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.