The first Tuesday of each month, we feature a well-known Southerner for a special show we call the
"Tin Roof Project."
Here are some of our past Tin Roofers!
Lawrence Hamilton danced with BalleTap USA, The Brooklyn Dance Theater, and Southern Ballet Theater. A vocal coach for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (Mark Walhberg), The New Kids on the Block, Jordan Knight and Joe McIntyre, he served as Musical Director for "Jessye Norman Sings for the Healing of Aids", which included performances by Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, and Toni Morrison. He's been inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
P. Allen Smith is a garden design expert who has written six books in the Garden Home series, including P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden. He hosts the public television programs P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, P. Allen Smith Gardens, and the upcoming P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table. In 2009 Smith founded the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation and support of all threatened breeds of domestic poultry.
Mara Leveritt works as a newspaper and Web reporter in Arkansas, focusing on the criminal justice system. She is the author of The Boys on the Tracks and Devil's Knot and has won numerous prizes for her investigative work. Named "Arkansas Journalist of the Year" in 1994, Leveritt has won two Booker Worthen prizes for her books.
Graham Gordy went to the University of Central Arkansas then completed his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at NYU, where he received the Goldberg Award for Playwriting. His plays have been performed by Naked Angels, The New Group, New York Stage and Film, The Drama Dept., and The Royal Court (London). He wrote the screenplay for War Eagle, Arkansas, his TV pilot The Wreck was recently purchased by AMC, and his screenplay The Slow Rise of Wesley Sinker will be produced in 2011.
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, The Truth About Celia, City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery, and the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. Recently he was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists.
Publisher, author and literary advocate, Janis Kearney graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a B.A. in Journalism. She and her husband founded Writing our World Publishing. Most recently, Something to Write Home About, Kearney’s second memoir, was a 2009 finalist in the Small Independent Booksellers Award (SIBA). As the country’s first personal diarist to a U.S. President, she also served as White House liaison to the U.S. National Archive’s presidential records office, to help collect and maintain Presidential records.
Grif Stockley is the author of Ruled by Race: Black White Relations in Arkansas From Slavery to the Present, Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas, and Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres of 1919 as well as fictional works Probable Cause, Expert Testimony, and Blind Judgment. He was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame in 2001 and won the prestigious Porter Prize for Literary Excellence in 1997. He was twice awarded the Booker Worthen Literary Prize and in March 2010, Stockley became the first recipient of an annual $10,000 grant bestowed by the William F. Laman Public Library Writers Foundation.
A native of Russellville, Arkansas and a Hendrix College graduate, Natalie Canerday has appeared in 26 films including October Sky, Walk the Line, and Biloxi Blues as well as independent films One False Move, Sling Blade, and Shotgun Stories. In 1997 she and the cast of Sling Blade were nominated for Best Ensemble Performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2000 she was invited to participate in Robert Redford's Sundance Institute Filmmaker's Lab and in 2010 she won Best Actress at the Gatlinburg Screenfest Film Festival.
Suzi Parker holds a journalism major/English minor from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas. Parker regularly contributes to a number of national and international publications, including The Economist, US News & World Report, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her book Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt was published in 2003.
Jay Jennings is a freelance writer whose journalism, book reviews and humor have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Oxford American, and Travel & Leisure. He began as a reporter at Sports Illustrated and also edited edited an anthology of short stories and poetry. His first book is Carry the Rock: Race, Football and the Soul of an American City and he is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review.
Jerry McKinnis, the outdoor sports pioneer for ESPN, grew up in St. Louis Missouri before moving to Little Rock, Arkansas and starting a fishing guide service at Lake Maumelle. He began a local TV show called "The Fishin' Hole", which aired on ESPN in 1979, and is now the longest running fishing show in TV history. Jerry went on develop the popular ESPN Outdoors block of programming on Saturday mornings for the network, including shows such as "BassMaster Tournament Trail", "The Wal-Mart FLW Tour", "The BassMaster Classic", "Stihl Timbersports", and "Iditarod Sled Dog Race". Jerry started a business firm, JM Associates, and is now a resident of Flippin, Arkansas.
Judge Jack Holt was born in Harrison, Arkansas and moved to Little Rock with the 1936 election of his father to Attorney General of Arkansas. Following active duty with the United States Air Force, he served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Chief Assistant Attorney General of Arkansas, and Attorney General of Arkansas. From 1964 until 1984, he engaged in private practice with an emphasis on trial work. He was elected Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1984 and is now retired.
Judge Reinhold has been seen in over seventy-five motion picture and television projects and enjoys a twenty-five year relationship with an audience of all ages. His films include STRIPES, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, BEVERLY HILLS COP (1,2,3), RUTHLESS PEOPLE, and Disney’s box- office hit THE SANTA CLAUSE (1,2,3). His cumulative box office average ranks him the 50th highest grossing actor of all-time (the-movie-times.com).