December 23, 1946 - present
Frye Gaillard was born and grew up in Mobile, Ala. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., earning his BA in history in 1968. After graduation, Gaillard became a journalist. He worked for Race Relations Reporter in Nashville from 1970 to 1972. In 1972, he moved to Charlotte, N.C., where he worked for The Charlotte Observer until 1990. That year, Gaillard became an instructor in nonfiction writing at Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte). His first book, Watermelon Wine (published in 1978), was a collection of essays about country music. Since then, Gaillard has authored or co-authored over twenty books. The Dream Long Deferred was made into a documentary film broadcast by the UNC Center for Public Television in 1991. In 2005, Gaillard returned to Alabama and became Writer-in-Residence in the history and English departments at the University of South Alabama. In the late 2000s, Gaillard began working with singer-songwriter Kathryn Scheldt. Scheldt's album Southern Girl contains ten songs co-written by Gaillard and Scheldt. Gaillard lives on the Gulf Coast of Alabama near Mobile.
Many of Frye Gaillard's nonfiction books concern politics and race relations. Others examine aspects of contemporary Southern culture.
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Last updated on Dec 12, 2009.