Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cake, anyone? True Story Turns Ten!

...Well, sort of. Our tenth reading, fittingly enough, is all about dames and death. Stay tuned to this spot for excerpts from our readers' work...and come on our to Kavarna on Friday the 19th!

Candice DYER

Candice Dyer “yearns” a living as a yearnalist. She is a regular contributor to Atlanta magazine and The Atlantan, and her work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Paste, Garden & Gun, Georgia Music Magazine, Georgia Trend, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and other publications. Her essay about the 50th anniversary of Waffle House was anthologized in Cornbread Nation 4: The Best of Southern Food Writing. She is the author of Street Singers, Soul Shakers, and Rebels with a Cause: Music from Macon, which looks at Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, Marshall Tucker, and other artists and music-makers with ties to Middle Georgia.


Joseph Scott Morgan became a death investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in suburban New Orleans in 1985. At the time of his hire, Professor Morgan was estimated to have been the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the country working in a major metropolitan area. In 1992 he accepted the position of Senior Investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, where he remained until 2005 when he medically retired. During his tenure Professor Morgan was a part of the United States Department of Justice’s Task Force for the design of a national standards for death investigators nationwide.

He was one of the founding members of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. In 2002 Morgan achieved National Board Certified “Fellow” status, the highest ranking for a death investigator in the United States.

He teaches Forensics courses and a very unique Death Investigation course based on the national standards which he helped develop as a practitioner. He also conducts research involving the US Coroner system as well issues surrounding the notification of next of kin. He speaks regularly at conferences and universities nationwide.

Professor Morgan attended Jacksonville State University, National-Louis University, University of New Orleans and National University in LaJolla, California. He holds a Masters degree in Forensic Science as well as undergraduate degrees in Public Management (Biology minor) and Criminal Justice.

He is the author of Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator. This memoir is due out Spring of 2012, and is being published by Feral House Publications.


A native of Pittsburgh, Kate Sweeney harbors a fondness for rusted-out architecture and real hoagies. Her radio stories have won her a number of Associated Press awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards.

Kate lives in Atlanta where she works as a freelance writer, radio producer and host—and teaches college English. She is seeking a publisher for her nonfiction book, American Afterlife, the product of three years spent scribbling about America's truly fascinating death customs as she earned her MFA at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her radio stories appear regularly on WABE 90.1 FM, and her writing has appeared twice in Oxford American magazine as well as Atlanta magazine and New South.

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