Joanna Beth Tweedy
Pen Name: None
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Born: in Murphysboro, Illinois
- The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas: http://theyonderside.com/
- NPR/WUIS: http://wuis.org/people/joanna-beth-tweedy#stream/0
Photo Credit: David Cooper
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.
- The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas, Southeast Missouri State University Press , 2009
Titles at Your Library
- 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
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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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.
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