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Nan Graham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an A.B. in English and received her M.A.T. in English from the Citadel in  Charleston, South Carolina. Aside from her brief foray into the North after graduation, when she worked in New York City, she has lived her life in various parts of the South, and her books reflect her passion for things Southern.

She began her teaching career in Manhattan and has taught first grade, high school, and college; she currently teaches honors courses in Southern literature at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Graham has been a regular biweekly commentator for WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington since 1995. Her on-air tag line, "a lifelong Southerner," reveals the focus of her humorous commentaries on growing up and growing old in the South. Her first collection of radio essays, Turn South at the Next Magnolia, was on the SEBA bestseller list and was praised as "relentlessly Southern" by author Pat Conroy.

Graham has two grown children and a granddaughter. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with her husband, Ernie and Sumter, a semi-feral cat.


Nan Graham