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Michael Farris Smith

United States of America

Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author of Rivers, The Hands of Strangers and Desperation Road. Rivers was named in numerous Best Books of the Year lists, and garnered the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for Fiction. Desperation Road is longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2017. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Writer’s Bone, and more. His new novel, The Fighter, will be published in early 2018.

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  • American South

    Writers exploring different aspects of a richly complicated place.

  • Desperation Road

    Described at times as a Southern noir, Farris Smith’s prose is spare and quite beautiful.