our team



jamey hatley
creative director

Jamey Hatley is a native of Memphis, TN. Her writing has appeared in the Oxford American, Torch, The Account, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From The Margins of History, Memphis Noir, and elsewhere. She has attended the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshop and received scholarships to the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. She made her home in Louisiana for a decade. She wrote her way home to Memphis. She is a 2016 Prose Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award Winner. Find her on Twitter at @jameyhatley.

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molly rose quinn
executive director

Molly Rose Quinn is a native of Memphis, TN and splits her time between Memphis and New York City. As a community organizer and arts administrator, she leads programs with many institutions advocating for the possibility of literature to foster activism and social equity, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Ace Hotel, and the Brooklyn Book Festival. She served as Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in NYC from 2014 - 2017. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. As a poet, essayist, and critic, her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, PEN Poetry Series, The Offing, Lenny Letter, Literary Hub, ESPN, Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. She is at work on her first collection of poems and tweets at @mollyrosamota

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Zandria f. robinson
Director of community parternships

Zandria F. Robinson is a black feminist writer whose work covers African American experiences at the intersection of identity, inequality, and culture in the post-civil rights South. She is author of This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; co-editor (with Sandra L. Barnes and Earl Wright II) of Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age (SUNY Press, 2014); and co-author with Marcus Anthony Hunter of Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (University of California Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in Issues in Race and Society, The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, the Annual Review of Sociology (with Marcus Anthony Hunter), Rolling Stone, and Hyperallergic. Robinson blogs at New South Negress and tweets at @zfelice.

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candace stewart
Development & Administrative Coordinator

Candace Stewart is CSLA's Development and Administrative Coordinator. This native of West Memphis, AR fell in love with books at the age of four. Aside from reading, she enjoys travel, cooking, collecting and listening to vinyl records. Currently, she's pursuing an M.S. in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. 

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For media inquiries about the Center for Southern Literary Arts or the Memphis Literary Arts Festival (MLAF), contact Alyson Sinclair, Publicist at aly@alysonsinclairpr.com

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We're looking for Memphis-based volunteers to support our programs. Check out our volunteer page. Questions? Contact us at getlit@southernliteraryarts.org

board of directors

Troy L. Wiggins, chair
Momentum Nonprofit Partners

Sarah Bowlin
Aevitas Creative Management

Tayari Jones

Glory Edim
Well-Read Black Girl

Kelly English

Alex Turley
Henry Turley Company