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Scholarship | 1999

The Fellowship of Southern Writers will award James Everett Kibler the Southern
Writers Award for Nonfiction (1997-1998) for Our Fathers' Fields. The award
will be presented in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 16 April 1999 at the
Fellowship's Tenth Anniversary celebration. Voting members of the Fellowship
that selected Our Fathers' Fields are A. R. Ammons, James Applewhite, Richard
Bausch, Wendell Berry, Doris Betts, Fred Chappell, Ellen Douglas, Clyde
Edgerton, Horton Foote, Shelby Foote, John Hope Franklin, George Garrett,
Ernest Gaines, Gail Godwin, William Hoffman, Madison Jones, Don Justice, Eric
Lincoln, Romulus Linney, Marsha Norman, Reynolds Price, Louis Rubin, Mary
Lee Settle, Lewis Simpson, Dave Smith, Lee Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, William
Styron, Walter Sullivan, Eudora Welty, C. Vann Woodward, and Charles Wright.
Last year's award for non-fiction went to Bailey White. This year's other award
winners are Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, Bobbie Ann Mason, Shelby Foote,
Barry Hannah, John Hope Franklin, and Michael Knight. For more information
and a Tenth Anniversary program, call 1-800-267-4232.
Editor Kibler sent this biography (here uncut) for the program. Simms
Review readers might notice the philosophical influence of Simms and thus may
find it of interest:
JAMES EVERETT KIBLER is the author of Our Fathers' Fields:
A Southern Story and lives in the subject of his book an early
Tyger River plantation Great-House in the county of his birth in
Upcountry South Carolina. Kibler writes that in restoring the
dilapidated house and overgrown garden, and learning of the six
generations who have lived in his house, he has taken part in an act
of "cultural reclamation" to make Our Fathers' Fields part
agrarian novel, memoir, history, and chronicle. As a recent
reviewer has written, "Kibler has simultaneously lived and written
the story of the South: its rise, its fall, and its renewal." Another
critic says that his subtitle "A Southern Story" should actually
read "The Southern Story." Kibler is also a scholar, teacher, poet,
and essayist. His topics range from Southern gardens and plants to
Southern agriculture, folklore, nature, art, architecture, and