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 19 works of non-fiction, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, winner of the 2005 Lillian Smith Award for best southern non-fiction, and the 2007 non-fiction Book of the Year recognition from the Alabama Library Association. Gaillard’s other award-winning books include If I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for Humanity; The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music. His latest book, With Music and Justice for All: Some Southerners and Their Passions, has twice been a featured selection of the Progressive Book Club; and his 2008 book, In the Path of the Storms, has been adapted as a documentary film by the Alabama Center for Public Television.A Mobile native, Gaillard is the former Southern Editor of the Charlotte Observer. His by-line has appeared in such diverse publications as Parade, the Washington Post, the Oxford American, Saturday Review, Us magazine, and the Journal of American History. He currently lives on the Alabama coast with his wife Nancy, who teaches in the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. For the past three years, Gaillard has been writing songs with Nashville recording artist Kathryn Scheldt.