Elizabeth Barks Cox attended UT Knoxville in 1960-61 and also attended UT Chattanooga before receiving the bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in 1964. She is the author of novels Familiar Ground, The Ragged Way People Fall out of Love, The Slow Moon, and Night Talk. Night Talk won the 1998 Lillian Smith Book Award, given by the Southern Regional Council. She taught writing at Duke University for 17 years. She shares an endowed chair at Wofford College with her husband, Michael Curtis.