NC Literary Hall of Fame




Staff Biographies 



A native North Carolinian, Ed Southern has been Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers' Network since 2008, after several years as Vice President of John F. Blair, Publisher. He also has worked as a bookseller, coffee-shop manager, sporting-goods sales clerk, janitor, assistant facilities manager in a major art museum, bartender, high school sports stringer for a local newspaper, delivery truck driver, dishwasher, basketball scoreboard operator, busser, bagger, and lawn mower.

He is the author of four books, including the short story collection Parlous Angels. His shorter work in a variety of genres has appeared in storySouth, North Carolina Literary Review, The Dirty Spoon, South Writ Large, Asheville Poetry Review, and elsewhere. In 2015, he received the Fortner Award for service to the literary arts in North Carolina.

He lives in Winston-Salem with his wife, Jamie Rogers Southern, the Operations Director for Bookmarks, and their children.




Deonna Kelli Sayed is an author, storyteller, and TEDx speaker. Her essays have appeared in Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay, as well as online. Her fiction is featured the anthology, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume III. Deonna also works with Greensboro-based arts organizations, including Greensboro Bound and the NC Folk Festival.




Jim Sheedy has been working for the North Carolina Writers' Network for over twenty years, promoting, coordinating, and teaching writing workshops onsite for North Carolina businesses. For over ten years, he has administered the Network's membership database system.

Jim has also been a technical writer in the software industry for over thirty years, currently working for SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina, where he documents the programming interfaces to SAS graphics components.

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