2021 Featured Authors


Maya Angelou
Stamps, Arkansas
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

Johnnie Bernhard
Press Women of Texas
"Sisters of the Undertow"

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System

Dee Brown (Arkansas Interest)
Ouachita County, Arkansas
"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"

Donna Fletcher Crow
Media Network Idaho
"Glastonbury:  The Novel of Christian England"

Courtesy of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, University of Arkansas

Ernest Dumas (Arkansas Interest)
El Dorado, Arkansas
"The Education of Ernie Dumas: Chronicles of the Arkansas Political Mind"

Raquel Venado

Michelle Duster
Keynote speaker
"Ida B. the Queen:  The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells" 

Benjamin Dreyer
Executive Managing Editor, Random House

"Dreyer’s English:  An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style"



Debbie Eckert (Arkansas Interest)
Arkansas Press Women
"Hairspray, Holy Water and the Healing Hand of God"

Elizabeth Eckford
Keynote speaker
"The Worst First Day:  Bullied While Desegregating Central High"


Noël-Marie Fletcher
NFPW member-at-large
"My Time in Another World:  Experiences as a Foreign Correspondent in China"


Lisa J. Graff
Delaware Press Association
"Find Me Alone"


Loretta Hall
New Mexico Press Women
"Higher Faster Longer:  My Life in Aviation and My Quest for Spaceflight"
(By Wally Funk, as told to Loretta Hall)

Jay Jennings
Editor at Large, OXFORD AMERICAN
"Escape Velocity:  A Charles Portis Miscellany"
(Edited by Jay Jennings)


Mary Katzke
Alaska Professional Communicators
"One Good Man"

Photo © Lawrence Schiller, All Rights Reserved

David Margolick (Arkansas Interest)
"Elizabeth and Hazel:  Two Women of Little Rock"

Nonprofit quarterly
Conway, Arkansas

Photo, circa 1968, provided by Jonathan Portis

Charles Portis
El Dorado, Arkansas
"True Grit"

Kat Robinson
Arkansas food historian

"Arkansas Food:  The A to Z of Eating in The Natural State"

Marilyn Saltzman
Colorado Press Women
"Your Love is Blasting in My Heart, A Grandmother's Journey"


Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder (Arkansas Interest)
Arkansas Press Women
"Salty Old Editor:  An Adventure in Ink"


Nan Snow and Dorothy D. Stuck
Arkansas Press Women
"Roberta:  A Most Remarkable Fulbright"



Donna Lampkin Stephens (Arkansas Interest)

Director, School of Communication, University of Central Arkansas
"If It Ain’t Broke, Break It:  How Corporate Journalism Killed the Arkansas Gazette”


William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
College professor and children's author
"The Elements of Style"


Michael Ray Taylor
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
"Hidden Nature:  Wild Southern Caves"


Lynne Truss
"Eats, Shoots & Leaves:  The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation"

Portrait circa 1893, public domain 

Ida B. Wells
Civil and women's right advocate
"Crusade for Justice:  The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells"


Helaine Williams
Arkansas Press Women
"Girl Power," Phyllis Hodges, author
(Featured writer)