Sometimes you have to leave home so you can reflect on the place you have been. For these four authors, saying goodbye to the south gave them the ability to capture its essence and express its darkness, magicalism, and majesticness.

Zachary Honey

Zachary Honey

Zach Honey is a North Carolina born, Montana native. After growing up in the small, no-stoplight town of Darby, Montana, he graduated from Montana State University with duel degrees in Film and Philosophy, and a minor in English Writing. Zach has written and directed two short films and one one-act play. Currently, he is a graduate student of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham in England, focusing on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Film. Upon the completion of his course in September, 2013, he will return to the States and start his next big adventure, whatever that may be.

Mark Pritchard

Mark Pritchard

Mark Pritchard is the author of two collections of sex stories, How I Adore You and Too Beautiful and Other Stories. He lives in San Francisco and works on novels.

Michael Russell

Michael Russell

Michael Russell has lived in Arkansas, Philly, and Portland, Maine. Next year, he and his husband plan to move to New Hampshire. For five years, he taught English in a rough Philly inner city high school. So far, he has written one novel, First Floor on Fire, and has written and illustrated one children’s book, I Don’t Fit. In the works are another children’s book, Leopard and Mouse: Cats Fight Dinosaurs, and a sci-fi southern memoir, Indigo Snakes Are Flying.

Kent Tankersley

Kent Tankersley

Kent Tankersley is an American living in Helsinki, Finland, where he has worked in public relations and as a freelance travel writer. He has recently returned to writing fiction, an earlier passion of his, and has published stories in KY Story, The Ante Review, Dew on the Kudzu, and Children, Churches and Daddies, and elsewhere. He is also currently working on a screenplay and a sporadic blog about life as an expat. He has almost completely assimilated to his adopted home of Finland, but can barely speak the language. It’s really tough.