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Dr. Carolyn J. Brown is a writer, editor, and independent scholar. She attended Duke University and then the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for her Master’s and Ph.D. A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty was her first book. It was selected by the Mississippi Library Commission to represent the state of Mississippi at the National Book Festival in Washington DC in 2012, and won the Mississippi Library Association’s Award for Nonfiction in 2013. She published her second biography, Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker, in November 2014, which won a special award from the Mississippi Library Association for Juvenile Literature. Brown has published articles in several books and journals, including Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-First Century Approaches, Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection,  Notes on Mississippi Writers, College Language Journal, the Eudora Welty Review, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, and The Journal of Mississippi History. Her third book was published in February 2017 and is entitled The Artist’s Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark.

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