About Teresa Nicholas
Teresa Nicholas is the author of the memoir Buryin' Daddy: Putting My Lebanese, Catholic, Southern Baptist Childhood to Rest and the biography Willie: The Life of Willie Morris, both published by the University Press of Mississippi. She has recently finished writing a memoir/biography about her mother and her own decision to come back to Mississippi to live. Nicholas has written for Delta, Mississippi, NPR's Opinion Page, Sol Literary Magazine, and South Writ Large, and she has been a travel writer for Fodor's in Mexico and Guatemala. Before turning to writing full time in 2002, she worked for twenty-five years at the publisher Random House, where she held the position of Vice President, Production, for the Crown Publishing Group. She was born and raised in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and graduated with a degree in English Literature from Swarthmore College. For nineteen years, she was on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York, and for several years she presented nonfiction workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference. She is a member of San Miguel PEN, a certified yoga teacher, and fluent in Spanish. She lives with her husband, the writer Gerard Helferich, in Jackson, Mississippi, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.