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Alice Randall

Alice Randall

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada's Rules. Born in Detroit she grew up in Washington, D.C.. As a Harvard undergraduate majoring in English she studied with Julia Child as well as Harry Levin, Alan Heimert, and Nathan Huggins. After graduation Randall headed south to Music City where she founded Midsummer Music with the idea she would create a new way to fund novel writing and a community of powerful storytellers. On her way toThe Wind Done Gone she became the first black woman in history to write a number one country song; wrote a video of the year; worked on multiple Johnny Cash videos and wrote and produced the pilot for a primetime drama about ex-wives of country stars that aired on CBS. She has written with or published some of the greatest songwriters of the era including Steve Earle, Matraca Berg, Bobby Braddock, and Mark Sanders. Four novels later, the award winning songwriter with over twenty recorded songs to her credit and frequent contributor to Elle magazine, is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses on Country Lyric in American Culture, Creative Writing, and Soul Food as text and in text. Randall lives near the University with her husband, a ninth generation Nashvillian who practices green law. Her daughter graduated from Harvard and is now teaching and writing in the Mississippi Delta. After twenty-four years hard at it Randall has come to the conclusion motherhood is the most creative calling of all and health disparity is the dominant civil rights issue of the first quarter of the 21st century.

Awards & Honors

"BWC 2002 Literary Award" from Memphis Black Writers Conference and Southern Film Festival.
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award — Short list. 2002.
2004 Myers Outstanding Book Awards — Honorable Mention (Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights), for Pushkin and the Queen of Spades.
NAACP Image Award — Finalist. 2002. 2013.   
Neuharth Free Spirit Award, 2001.
"Outstanding Fiction" Award from The 1st Annual Mixed Media Watch Image Awards for Pushkin and the Queen of Spades.
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letter, Fisk University, 2012
National Association of Black Journalist 2013 Salute to Magazine Excellence Finalist in the category Commentary/Essay
Dr. Lucius Outlaw Outstanding Faculty Award, BSA, Vanderbilt University. 2013
Dr. Jimmie Lewis Franklin Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. Black Graduates Recognition Ceremony, Vanderbilt University. 2013.

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