About Kathy Rhodes
Kathy Rhodes is author of two books (creative nonfiction) and contributing editor of two books:
– Remember the Dragonflies: A Memoir of Grief and Healing, WestBow Press, 2013
– Pink Butterbeans: Stories from the heart of a Southern woman, Cold Tree Press, 2005
– Gathering: Writers of Williamson County, CPO Press, 2009
– Muscadine Lines: A Southern Anthology, Cold Tree Press, 2006
Her essay “Pushing Up the Sun” will be included in the upcoming anthology A Second Blooming, to be published by Mercer Press, 2017.
Her essay “An Open Letter” appeared in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2009) and was singled out for a review in The New Yorker, and her essay “The Wedding Hankie” was included in Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul II (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Her works have been published in magazines, newspapers, and six anthologies.
Rhodes is Co-founder and Senior Writer/Editor at TurnStyle Writing, Editing & Publishing Solutions. (turnstylewriters.com) TurnStyle offers editing and proofreading services, private coaching sessions for writers, and writing workshops at local venues. Rhodes is also Writer/Analyst for W. R. Coles and Associates in Nashville, where she participates in state, regional, and international projects.
Rhodes teaches creative nonfiction workshops and has presented at regional and state conferences, including:
– Alabama Writers Conclave (Birmingham, AL, 2010 and Huntsville, AL, 2012)
– Southern Literary Festival (Nashville TN)
– Writers Loft of Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro TN)
– Creative Nonfiction at the Crossroads (Clarksdale, MS; director and presenter)
– Southern Festival of Books (Nashville TN; panelist in 2006, 2009, and 2014)
– Southern Kentucky Book Fest (Bowling Green KY)
– Mississippi Delta Literary Festival (Greenville MS)
– Council for the Written Word (Franklin TN)
Rhodes was an officer and on the Board of Directors for her former county and state literary organizations. She was co-director of the national Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference (Oxford, MS, 2010 and 2013). She is also a part-time program instructor for Williamson County, Tennessee, Parks and Recreation, and teaches occasional writing classes on the Franklin campus.
For eight years Rhodes was Publisher/Editor of the e-zine Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, ISSN 1554-8449. MLASJ published the works of 361 emerging and established writers in 38 states and ten countries, including Pushcart winners, nationally known journalists, and an excerpt from the second novel of the late Doug Marlette.
A former English teacher, Rhodes earned a BA in English and Education at Delta State University, where she was a President’s List scholar and winner of the Annie Caulfield Winston Writing Award, and then did graduate studies at the University of Memphis. She currently lives in the Nashville, Tennessee, area, where she gardens, kayaks, writes, reads, and enjoys walks with her buff merle cocker spaniel puppy, Heidi Deering.
Visit Kathy’s book blog for Remember the Dragonflies!