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2019 Keynote Speaker

Ray Atkins reading
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Raymond L. Atkins

We are pleased to announce two-time Georgia Author of the Year recipient Raymond L. Atkins as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Highlands Writers Conference. He resides in Rome, Georgia and teaches English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Creative Writing at Reinhardt University.

In 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Writers Association.

The Front Porch Prophet Front Cover

His first novel, The Front Porch Prophet (Medallion Press 2008), was awarded the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel.

Sorrow Wood Front Cover

His second novel, Sorrow Wood (Mercer University Press), was published in 2009.

Camp Redemption Front Cover

His third novel, Camp Redemption (Mercer University Press 2013), was awarded the Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction and the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction.

Sweetwater Blues Front Cover

His fourth novel, Sweetwater Blues (Mercer University Press 2014), was a Townsend Prize nominee, the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year runner-up for Fiction, and the 2016 selection for One Book, Many Voices.

South of the Etowah Front Cover

South of the Etowah (Mercer University Press 2016), his first creative non-fiction book, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Award runner-up for Essay.

Set List Front Cover

Set List, his latest novel, will be published by Mercer University Press in September, 2018.