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About the Contributors

Brooks Blevins is the Noel Boyd Associate Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University. He is the author of four books, including Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image (UNC Press, 2002).

William Harmon published five volumes of poetry between 1970 and 1985, including winners of the Lamont Award and the William Carlos Williams Award. Thereafter, he published no further poetry books (though he kept writing it). He did publish a number of anthologies, including A Handbook to Literature and The Poetry Toolkit.

Harvey H. Jackson III is Eminent Scholar in History at Jacksonville (AL) State University. He served as the editor of Sports and Recreation, the 17th volume of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press, 2010). His most recent book is The Rise and Decline of the 'Redneck Riviera': An Insider's History of the Florida-Alabama Coast (University of Georgia Press, 2012).

Cynthia Lewis is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson College. She writes both academic pieces on Shakespeare and his contemporaries and creative nonfiction for such publications as the Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and New Letters. She is currently finishing a book on sports and Shakespeare.

Daniel S. (Dan) Pierce is the author of Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France (UNC Press, 2010) and writes a monthly column for NASCAR Illustrated magazine on the history of the sport. He is Professor of History, Chair of the department, and resident professional cracker at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

Wade Clark Roof holds a BA degree from Wofford College; an M.Div from Yale Divinity School; and MA and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published widely in the sociology of religion and is currently writing a novel tentatively titled Black Creek: A Southern Family Saga.

Melissa M. Sloan is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Her research interests include social psychology and issues of identity, emotions, and well-being, particularly in the workplace. She has been published in such journals as Work and Occupations, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Gender, Work, and Organization.

JL Strickland grew up in the Fairfax, Alabama, cotton mill village where he worked for decades. During all those years, he was also writing freelance for the professional humor markets and the late-night talk shows, including topical monologue jokes for Jay Leno and Bill Maher. He has also written short stories and non-fiction articles.

Ashley B. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lynchburg College. Her scholarly interests include the South, race relations, and issues of identity. She is currently working on several projects using interviews. In particular, she is interested in understanding how black and white southerners who experienced segregation reflect on their past. [End Page 119]