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Linda Busby Parker PhD, MFA (Fiction) Linda earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama (Mobile), her MA and PhD from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and her MFA from Spalding University (Louisville). She is the author of Seven Laurels, which was the 2002 winner of the James Jones First Novel Award and the 2004 Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. Shorter works have appeared in Provincetown Arts, Big Muddy, A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, and regional anthologies. A short story titled “The Book of Days” was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Pirates-Alley Faulkner. A short story titled “Little Rock’s Fire” won the 2003 Kentuckiana Metroversity Competition; this same story won the Heartland Fellowship at the 2000 Indiana University Summer Writing Conference. She is a regular book reviewer for the Mobile Register and has published non-fiction in Alabama First Draft as well as in several other state-level writers’ newsletters. An article titled “Reading with the Eyes of a Writer” appeared in the Writer’s Digest, January 2006 issue. She has served as publisher and editor of Mobile Bay Monthly, a city-regional magazine on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. While at Spalding University, she served as a student editor of The Louisville Review. She was a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the 2004 Sewanee Writer’s Conference and has been a contributor in fiction at Bread Loaf. She is the author of two college-level textbooks—The Art & Science of Radio and Mass Media in a New Age. Her research publications have appeared in Journalism Quarterly, Journal of Popular Culture, Broadcasting, and Feedback. Linda has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, Iowa State University and the University of South Alabama. In 2007 she was selected as the Fletcher Pratt Fellow in fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference (Vermont) where she presented a lecture titled: “Place Equals Character and Plot,” as well as a reading from my her own works, and she assisted in the workshop directed by Lan Samantha Chang. She currently mentors students in the Spalding University MFA in Writing program and “The Writer’s Loft,” a program in Continuing Education at Middle Tennessee State University. Recently, Linda has been teaching Fiction Writing courses for the University of South Alabama at their Fairhope campus. She lives in Mobile with her husband, Don, and her daughters.