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About the Author
Crystal Wilkinson is author of The Birds of Opulence, winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and Blackberries, Blackberries, which won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. The winner of the 2008 Denny Plattner Award in Poetry from Appalachian Heritage magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, she serves as Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College and teaches in the Spalding University low residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.
"A sharp African American updating of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio." -- Utne Reader (Utne Book Club Selection, July 2003)
"Wilkinson is a storyteller in the tradition of Southerners such as Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers." -- Lexington Herald-Leader
"Evidence of Wilkinson's considerable promise... Water Street continues to establish her as an author who deserves wider attention." -- The Washington Post