Duke Southard won an Edie, the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award, for his contribution to the school library media profession in the state. He has published professional articles in Media and Methods magazine. His educational credentials include a BS from Villanova University and advanced graduate degrees from Rowan University (MA in English Education) and Boston University (CAGS in Media Technology). He is married, the father of three children, and lives in Arizona.
All five of his novels have been selected as finalists in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, with his first novel, A Favor Returned, being selected as a finalist in the 2015 Indie Publishers Next Generation Book Awards. He is also the author of a memoir (The Week from Heaven and Hell) and a nonfiction commissioned history (The Nick: A Vision Realized).
His short works have earned numerous awards, including two first places in the Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest for “Three Weeks” (2015) and “A Night on the Ice” (2017). In 2016, his memoir, “The Fallacy of Closure,” placed first in the prestigious Writer’s Digest Literary Awards Competition.
Please visit the author’s website for information on free programs for schools, libraries, and community groups, contact information, and a collection of his best short stories and essays: www.dukesouthard.com