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About CD Mitchell: Author of "Alligator Stew" and "God's Naked Will"

C.D. Mitchell was born in Paragould, Arkansas, the oldest of 6 children and raised on a 12 acre chicken farm a stone’s throw from where his parents now live on Rockingchair Road. While living on the farm he experienced milking cows, making butter, butchering and sugar curing pork, pickling cucumbers and cooking poke salad, raising a garden and canning jams and jellies, tomatoes and relish. After living a short while in Michigan and Illinois, his family returned to Arkansas where he completed high school and then attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He obtained a BSBA in finance and banking, then went on to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law, completing requirements for his Juris Doctorate in December, 1987. In 2002 he decided to return to graduate school to follow his dream of becoming a writer. His second year at McNeese State University was interrupted when his son began treatment for leukemia at ST. Jude’s Medical Center in Memphis. CD transferred to the University of Memphis and completed his MFA with concentrations in fiction and creative nonfiction. While at Memphis CD served as the managing editor for “The Pinch,” the literary journal published by the MFA program. Clayton, his youngest son, has been in remission 10 years. He has another son, Clinton, and a daughter, Candice.

             After a short  legal career where  he experienced the courtroom as a prosecutor, a  defense attorney, and a special judge, CD Mitchell began his own construction business. He has worked with the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads as a track-layer and bridge-man, owned his own BBQ stand and competed in Memphis in May preliminary competitions,  raised quarter horses and coonhounds, canned homegrown pickles and tomatoes, and finished with a professional boxing record of 45-5 with 38 knockouts. Tommy Morrison, the former World Heavyweight Champion, claimed one of his first Toughman championships in fights promoted by CD in Springdale, Arkansas.  CD also worked on the locks and dams of the Arkansas River from Toad Suck to Ozark. He has been a pallbearer and a groom four times, but has never been a best-man, and that in itself is a story waiting to be written.

          Proud to be called a southern writer, CD takes great pleasure in writing about his home state of Arkansas, the south, and the wonderful people who live there. He also takes great pleasure in revealing their wonderful character-- as well as their many faults. His stories and essays have been published in several nationally and internationally recognized print and online journals that include The Appalachee Review, River Teeth, Big Muddy, Redux, The North Dakota Quarterly, The Southeast Review, Natural Bridge, The Evansville Review, Story South, Real South, The Arkansas Review, and others. His work has been included in several anthologies, with his story "The Execution" included in a crime anthology titled Crime After Crime published earlier this year in the United Kingdom. Other anthologies where his fiction and essays appear include Tuscaloosa Writes This, Tartts III: Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers, Flying House 2012, and Christmas is a Season 2008, 2009.

        He is currently working on a novel and revising his memoir titled This, Too, is Vanity. The readers of God's Naked Will  will be given an opportunity to select a character from the stories for CD's next novel.

     A strong belief that we all owe much to our communities has kept CD Mitchell busy over the years. He  has served as a juror for the Arkansas State Arts Council in Little Rock awarding over $25,000  in Novelists grants to selected applicants. In Alabama he served as the Visiting Writer at the Mt. Meigs Juvenile Detention Facility as part of the Writing Our Stories Program for the Alabama Writers Forum. He has taught at, participated in, and hosted panels at the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference, The Gulf Coast Association for Creative Writing Teachers, The Other Words Conference,  South Central MLA, Alabama Scholastic Press Association, The Delta Blues Symposium, Lausanne Collegiate School, and the Hemingway Pfieffer Museum and Educational Center.

CD Mitchell, Novelist John Dufresne,Poet Nina Romano, and  Photographer  Don Bullen at the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference, 2009

The Blues Brothers invade Rogers Rec on Dickson Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas. 1998.

Oppello, Arkansas, 1999, with a good friend who just happened to be engaged to my third ex-wife before I was. He was the smart one and got away, though. Fish are from Lake Nimrod in the Ouachita Mountains south of Russellville, Arkansas.

Number 52. Can you see the guy on the ground behind me, bottom right-hand corner?

Playing 1st. base, 1979, Green County Tech.

My name in the sidewalk at Ole Main

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Too much Trent Richardson for the Hogs that day!

                             Bryant Denny Stadium

Yes. I was

skinny once.

Alligator Stew
Night Owl Reviews