TCR Guest Author Series Reading featuring Gray Stewart

Book Title: Haylow (Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama)
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 15, 2017; 2:30 p.m.
Location: NB-2100/2101, Perimeter College at Georgia State University, Dunwoody Campus

About Haylow: Travis Hemperly is a white southerner who has never been the minority in any room he’s ever entered. He has also just joined the history faculty of a historically black college in Atlanta. Off campus, he rekindles a relationship with an old flame, and life looks bright—until he begins to suspect that a family member witnessed a lynching as a child. Complicating matters, his father is now a talk show host for WCTR—Confederate Talk Radio—whose listeners debate whether slavery was wrong. In order to remain in his position, Travis will have to come to terms with some history outside of his area of specialization—that of his family and that of the South.

About Gray Stewart: Gray Stewart’s life story reflects ways the South has changed and how it hasn’t. He is a third generation white Atlanta but spent more than a decade on the faculty of Morehouse College, a historically African American men’s college in Southwest Atlanta, where he taught the fiction workshop from 2000-2010. Stewart holds a BA in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia and earned his MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University. A Fulbright beneficiary and a Hambidge Fellow, he currently teaches in the English department at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. Haylow is his debut novel. More information about Gray Stewart can be found on his Website.

At the Story’s Heart: The novel explores how storytelling shapes what we believe about race in the South. Both comic and tragic, it considers the ways we miscommunicate across the racial divide. Exactly who or what defines history, anyway? Is it academia? Our literature? Our sermons? Our folklore? These questions animate Haylow as Travis Hemperly rummages around in his family’s history, looking for the truth behind what happened decades ago on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp so that he might understand how much of the burden of history is his to shoulder.

The reading is free and open to the public. Faculty members from the English department are strongly encouraged to bring their classes. Copies of the novel will be available for sale, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Alicia Johanneson: or 678.891.3275. To request disability accommodations at this event, please contact University Events Management at or 404.413.1377 with your request. Please provide your name and the event name, date, and sponsor when making your request.


The Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series was created to connect the strong, vibrant, and diverse literary community The Chattahoochee Review has built over the course of its 35-year publishing history to Perimeter College’s EDGE Quality Enhancement Plan such that students will have a greater opportunity to engage with real-world writers who can better shape their writing and understanding of literature in all of its forms.