Tema Stauffer is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship award for her current series, Southern Fiction. She also received Small Grant Awards in 2019 and 2021 and Major Grant Awards in 2020 and 2022 for this body of work from East Tennessee State University’s Research Development Committee.  Daylight Books released a monograph of Southern Fiction in October 2022. The book of 37 large-format color photographs includes essays by writers Casey Cep, Lauren Rhoades, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

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The Luupe included Southern Fiction in a round up of “Fifty-Seven Photography Books That Made Us See Differently in 2022”: Best Photobooks of 2022

Bill Shapiro featured Southern Fiction for Esquire’s Our Favorite Photo Books of Fall 2022

Lauren Rhoades spoke with Tema Stauffer on the radio for Mississippi Arts Hour: The Mississippi Arts Hour | Tema Stauffer 

An short interview by Matt Peiken for Blue Ridge Public Radio about Southern Fiction can be heard here: Tema Stauffer provides the photos and leaves the narrative to her viewers 

The New Yorker Photo Booth published the foreword to Southern Fiction by staff writer Casey Cep: The Real Places That Gave Rise to Southern Fictions 

Salvation South published an essay from Southern Fiction by contributing writer Lauren Rhoades: Tema Stauffer’s Sense of Place 

Harper’s Magazine published an essay from Southern Fiction by contributing writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers: Almost Home

Solo exhibitions of Southern Fiction are upcoming in 2023 at the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University, the Baldwin Photographic Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University, and the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery of the Winthrop Universities Galleries in South Carolina.