Molly Ker Hawn
Taylor Kitchings’ roots in Mississippi are many generations deep, though it took him a while to circle back to them. As a college freshman, he recorded the original album Clean Break. As a junior, he wrote music for mallet and giant Möbius strip, performed at Manhattan’s Café La MaMa. In the years between his BA and MA, he traveled from Memphis to New York to Europe, writing and performing songs on piano. Home at last, he lives with wife Beth, children, dog and cat in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and teaches English at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. His short story “Mr. Pinky Gone Fishin'” was published in the collection Tight Lines from Yale University Press. His debut middle-grade novel, YARD WAR, was published in August 2015 by Wendy Lamb Books/Random House in the U.S. and Canada and is a Junior Library Guild selection; its sequel, THE TIDINGS TREE, will be published in 2018.