About Ginger Eager

Ginger Eager’s short fiction, reviews, and personal essays have been published in The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Jabberwock Review and elsewhere. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and shortlisted in The Best American Nonrequired Reading series. Her first novel, The Nature of Remains, won the AWP Prize for the Novel, was chosen as a 2021 Books All Georgians Should Read by the Georgia Center for the Book, and won the 2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the debut novel category. With the memoirist Jody Forrester, she co-founded Who Writers Read, a series of conversations with writers about their reading lives.

Born and raised in Georgia, Ginger lives now in Decatur, just outside of Atlanta. She has a BSEd in Secondary English Education from the University of Georgia and an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars. She taught in-person for several years at Georgia Military College, and she now teaches virtually at Southern New Hampshire University. She works as a developmental editor and teaches in the community in as many ways as possible. Ginger likes to tell a good story, and she likes to help others tell their good stories.

About Veena Rao

Veena Rao is an award-winning journalist and author. Purple Lotus, her recently released debut novel, is a 2021 Georgia Author of the Year finalist, a 2021 American Fiction Award winner, and an award-winning finalist in the multicultural and women’s fiction categories of the 2021 International Book Awards. She is the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of NRI Pulse, an Atlanta-based news publication. She has been recognized by The Limca Book of Records (the Indian version of the Guinness Book of Records) as the first Indian woman to edit and publish a newspaper outside India. When she is not writing or meeting press deadlines, you will find her meditating or photographing the flora and fauna on her wooded walk route. To find out more about Veena, visit her website www.veenaspulse.com.

Ginger’s Books & Contributions

Veena’s Book

Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel

Books All Georgians Should Read, 2021

Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2021

Finalist, Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) 2021

Award-Winning Finalist, Women’s Fiction, 2021 International Book Awards

Award-Winning Finalist, Multicultural Fiction, 2021 International Book Awards

Amanda Vining photo

Amanda holds a BS in Biology from Georgia College & State University. She began her career as an educator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. After leaving the DNR, Amanda became a formal educator with Baldwin County School System and Jasper County School System. Amanda began her museum career at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Macon, Georgia, where she served as Curator of Environmental Science
(2011-2020). While at MAS, Amanda developed a love for sharing the world around us with the many students who visited on school field trips. During her time as Curator of Environmental Science, Amanda launched a storytime
program for preschool children.

Since 2020, Amanda has been serving Georgia Writers Museum as a volunteer on the Education Committee. Amanda has brought her love of sharing stories with students by launching Peaches’ Reading Pasture. As Museum Manager, Amanda looks forward to serving the community and helping to inspire those within our community to put words to paper and share their stories.

Amanda was born and raised in nearby Shady Dale, Georgia. Her husband, Rodney, is a native of Eatonton, and they currently reside in Putnam County. They have three children.