Old Dominion University
October 6-9, 1998
is the author of Ice Poems (Poetry Atlanta Press) and Trouble No More: Stories (LaQuesta Press). Shorter works have appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, and other journals. He has received awards from the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia, Breadloaf Writers Workshop and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1996, Trouble No More won the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council. Novelist Marita Golden noted that "Grooms writes about the South, civil rights, home folks, black and white people and anything he wants to with more love, humor and finely-honed skill than I have seen in a long time." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said, "Grooms' stories take us to the center of the phenomenon (civil rights movement) with an honesty and courage long overdue."
Grooms is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. [extracted from 1998 brochure]
21st Annual Literary