Richelle Putnam is a longtime member of the Artist Roster and a two-time MAC Literary Arts Fellowship recipient. She penned the book, Mississippi and The Great Depression and was honored with the 2017 Foreword Indies Book Awards Bronze Medal. Her young adult biography, The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty received the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Silver Medal. She is also the author of Lauderdale County, Mississippi: A Brief History and co-author of Legendary Locals of Meridian, Mississippi.

She is managing editor for The Bluegrass Standard Magazine, and her work been published in Pif MagazineThe Copperfield ReviewEat. Drink. MISSISSIPPI, Birmingham Arts Journal, Mississippi Magazine, and several bestselling anthologies. The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office commissioned Richelle to write the history of the East Central Mississippi region for the celebratory book A Bicentennial History of Mississippi. Her mission as a writer and teaching artist is to help children experience the beauty of words and to realize their power.