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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joanna Beth Tweedy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Murphysboro, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Tweedy is a native of Murphysboro, Illinois, in the Little Egypt region of Southernmost Illinois. She graduated from the Universities of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tweedy is the author of ''The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas'', a novel written in the South Midland Dialect and published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. She is the founding editor and host of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, distributed by NPR-member/PRI-affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station. Her poetry and fiction have been published in literary journals and anthologies and have received honors from ''Glimmer Train'', the ''Southern Women Writers Conference'', ''Alsop Review'', the ''Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest'', ''Life Press'', and ''Long Story Short'', among others.With degrees in education, English, and values-driven leadership from the Universities of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Springfield (UIS), and Benedictine University, respectively, Tweedy has taught creative writing, literature, and educational leadership, and has served as faculty-in-residence for the Capital Scholars Honors Program at UIS. She is a native of Little Egypt in the Shawnee Hills of southernmost Illinois and has presented widely in the United States and abroad on such topics as linguistic landscapes and dialects, literary publishing, and sustainability.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas
ISBN: 0979871468

Southeast Missouri State Univ Press. 2009

Raised deep in the Shawnee Hills amid hogback bluffs, a roundabout river, and unending family, two divergent sisters share a colorful journey: first through childhood in a place both blessed and cursed by the hybrid footprints of the Appalachia and Ozark regions surrounding it, and then into the world beyond, compelled by their shared wanderlust. Arkansas (Sass) and Texas MacTerptin gradually understand that the sheltered bluffs of their youth are vastly removed from the broad ground beyond, and they find themselves on a truly foreign journey, separated from familiarity by an ocean and realizing amid their travels the depth of native soil all over again.
Joanna Beth Tweedy's combination of both rural-homeland and poetic language will surprise and delight you as will the stories of two unforgettable sisters and their backwoods clan.


Tweedy has created a poetic pathway into her first novel. The lyric prose is a dance that never missteps across twenty-five tales all absolute in originality and sophistication. --Amy Sayre-Roberts

Joanna Beth Tweedy has conjured up a world as familiar as childhood memories and as strange as the Sahara. The prose crackles like a splash of water on a hot skillet and there's a surprise on every page. --Robert Hellenga


Awards

''Alsop Review'' editor’s prize, fiction

''Glimmer Train'' finalist, fiction

The Southern Women Writers Conference, fiction

''New Millennium Writing'' finalist, fiction

The Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest, honorable mention, poetry

''Long Story Short'' first prize, fiction

Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

For publicity inquiries or to schedule a presentation or reading, contact the author at joannabethtweedy@gmail.com or contact David Logan at (217) 971-2327.

Joanna Beth's Workshops and Presentations include:


  • DIALECT WORKSHOP


    ''“Cow-Catchers…Bumfuzzles…Chiggers…Oh, my!”— Exploring the Celebrated South Midland Dialect''

    Join novelist, poet, and Quiddity editor Joanna Beth Tweedy for an exploration of the South Midland Dialect, an American dialect that is spreading swiftly. Find out which parts of the Dialect may have infiltrated your tongue!

    The South Midland Dialect is one of the most vivid, resourceful, metaphoric, lasting, and rapidly spreading American dialects. It is found in IL, IN, OH, MO, AR, KS, KY, TN and OK. Lauded by linguists and philologists for its remarkable capacity for imagery, story, and transmission, it also has been one of the most misunderstood American dialects. Tweedy, whose debut novel was written in the South Midland Dialect and published by Southeastern Missouri State University Press, celebrates the Dialect for “the elements of hope and possibility embedded in its syntax.”

    The author will engage participants in discussions as well as brief exercises, centering specifically on the notion that how individuals are bound and where they are bound share an exquisite kinship, a connection that ultimately effects itself through a region’s diction and idiom. Through many examples—from vocabulary, pronunciation variations, grammatical anomalies, and phrases unique to regions within the South Midlands—the workshop will demonstrate how linguistic landscapes are “mapped,” and how language becomes place.

    The workshop is geared toward a general audience of writers and readers with an interest in diction and dialect. Audience members need not have a formal background in linguistics to enjoy or participate in the workshop.


  • PUBLISHING WORKSHOP


    ''Tips and How-To: Successful Literary Publishing and Promotion''

    Join novelist, poet, and Quiddity editor Joanna Beth Tweedy for a workshop and conversation about the literary publishing process and also the promotion process that takes place before and after the contract is signed. The author will share tips on everything from gaining the attention of an agent or editor, selecting a press , getting a book into stores, and conducting readings and signings. Tweedy will also discuss her work as founding editor and host of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, speaking to the publishing and promotion process as both a writer and an editor.

    You’ll come away from this session with tips and proven practices for not only getting your work published but also getting your work in front of a wider audience of listeners and readers. The publishing and promotion methods learned in this session can be applied to individual pieces or a collection. You’ll leave the workshop with a better understanding about entering into today’s literary marketplace, and also with a perspective on the changing dynamics of the publishing field. The session will include insights from both a writer’s and editor’s perspectives.

    The workshop is geared toward a general audience of writers and readers with an interest in the literary publishing and promotion process. Audience members need not have a formal publishing experience to enjoy or participate in the workshop.


  • LITERARY WRITING, REVISION, AND RESPONSE WORKSHOP


    ''Poesis-“A Making”- The Art behind the Craft of the Literary Writing Process''

    Using an adaptation of Vince Gotera’s Model for Poetic Response, this workshop focuses on the process of creation and construction—from a literary work’s generation to its revision to its receipt, with hands-on attention to revision and receipt. Participants should bring to the workshop an original poem or a single page of prose that is ready for revision.

    The workshop is geared toward a general audience of unpublished and published writers who are interested in maximizing the revision process. It may be of particular interest to those involved in writers’ workshops/groups OR those who may be interested in getting involved in a writers’ workshop/group (and perhaps even starting one). It may also be enjoyable to those who relish closes readings of literary works. Audience members need not have a formal background in writing, publishing, or critical reading in order to enjoy or participate in the workshop.