Presenter Bios

Carol McD Wallace

Carol McD. Wallace, author of “To Marry An English Lord”

Carol Wallace co-authored the bestselling The Official Preppy Handbook.  Since then she has written nineteen more books and dozens of magazine articles. Her areas of specialty have been humor, social history, parenting and fiction. In 2006 she earned a masters in art history from Columbia University.  Her MA thesis was the basis for her historical novel, Leaving Van Gogh, published in April 2011. She has recently completed the manuscript for a new historical novel, Madame Manet.  Carol lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She authors the blog, Book Group of One, to justify her ten-book-a-month reading habit.  Read more at

Brian Katcher

Brian Katcher, YA author

Brian Katcher is the author of Almost Perfect (Delacorte, 2009), winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, and Playing With Matches (Delacorte, 2008), winner of the 2010-2011 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award. He lives in Moberly with his wife and daughter.

Lori Copeland

Lori Copeland, Christian fiction author

Lori Copeland is a popular best selling contemporary and historical Christian author. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious Christy Award, received two Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Awards, Holt Medallion Awards in addition to having her books appear on the Publishers Weekly and CBA Best seller lists. Lori makes her home in Missouri with her husband Lance, three sons and ever growing family.

Kate Klise

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Kate Klise, children’s author

As a correspondent for People magazine, Kate Klise covered everything from celebrity scandals to serial killers. After writing several bestselling children’s books, Kate decided to write In the Bag, her first novel for adults, when she found a note from a fellow passenger in her carry-on bag.

Supe Granda

Michael “Supe” Granda, author and musician

Michael “Supe” Granda explored everything from Bennie Goodman to the varied sounds of Gaslight Square in St. Louis and Rock before moving to Springfield in the late 60s. There, he and a coterie of musician/songwriters in 1971 formed the famed Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The group’s self-titled debut on A&M Records spawned a Top 30 hit in “If You Want to Get to Heaven.” Their follow-up album, “It’ll Shine When It Shines,” produced a No. 1 song in “Jackie Blue,” and more albums followed. By the mid-1980s Supe performed as The Dog People and Supe & the Sandwiches, which released Greatest Hits Volume III in 1988 and Meat the Sandwiches in 1990. The Garbonzos is a merry-making troupe that performs psychedelic polkas at venues from nightclubs to parades. Supe’s latest solo outfit is Supe & the Sheetrockers, who debuted in Nashville in 1998.
With songwriting and freelance commentary, Supe then added the book “It Shined: The Saga of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils” in 2008.
Supe now lives in Nashville where he formed his own label, MISSOURI MULE MUSIC.‎

William Trowbridge, Missouri Poet Laureate

Inge Chiles, songwriter/singer of band Plaid Dragon

Jody Bilyeu, songwriter/singer and formerly of Big Smith


Resident Artist Ensemble

From r.a.e.: We are the Resident Artist Ensemble.  We have chosen to make Springfield, Missouri our home.  Located in the Ozark region of southwest Missouri, Springfield is experiencing exponential growth, accompanied by the ongoing emergence of a culturally rich, artistic community. In relation, we have discovered a need in the region for additional professional, AEA sponsored, theatre. It is the Resident Artist Ensemble’s philosophy that the arts are a vital ingredient in the development of a vibrant, fiscally sound, community-centered city.  In response, we are laying the foundation for a permanent, resident artist ensemble, notably as a means to provide a long-term collaboration of regional professional theatre artists.


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