Frye Gaillard


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Frye Gaillard | USA Writer in Residence

Specializes in Southern culture and history.

CB 128  |  460-7559 fgaillard@southalabama.edu


Frye Gaillard is the University of South Alabama Writer in Residence, a position jointly supported by the Department of Communication and the Department of English. He is the author of more than 25 books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, winner of the 2005 Lillian Smith Award for best southern non-fiction. Gaillard’s other award-winning titles include If I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for HumanityThe Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina; Go South to Freedom; and Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music. His latest book, A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility and Innocence Lost, is a 2018 release from NewSouth Books in Montgomery. Two of Gaillard’s other books, In the Path of the Storms and Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters, have been adapted as documentary films by the Alabama Center for Public Television and Dragonfly Public Media. Gaillard also serves on the faculty of USA’s Center for the Study of War and Memory. A Mobile native, he is the former Southern Editor of the Charlotte Observer. His by-line has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, the Oxford American, and the Journal of American History. He currently lives on the Alabama coast with his wife Dr. Nancy Gaillard, assistant professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama. Since 2009, Gaillard has been writing songs with Nashville recording artists Davis Raines, Anne E. DeChant, Pamela Jackson, and Kathryn Scheldt.