- About the Contributors
Mark Canada is Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he teaches courses in American literature. A former newspaper journalist, he is the author of Literature and Journalism in Antebellum America, as well as numerous essays on Edgar Allan Poe, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Wolfe, and other subjects. His second book, Literature and Journalism: Inspirations, Intersections, and Inventions from Ben Franklin to Stephen Colbert, came out in April.
John M. Harris is Associate Professor of Journalism at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He earned his doctorate in 2011 from the University of Washington, where his dissertation focused on how Americans have come to see images of war through history.
Blain Roberts is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno. UNC Press will publish her first book, about southern women and beauty, in spring 2014. She is currently writing a book about the memory of slavery in Charleston with her colleague and husband Ethan J. Kytle.
Rachel F. Seidman is Associate Director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina and author of The Civil War: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press). A specialist in U.S. women’s history, she is particularly interested in connecting history to current concerns through civic engagement and community-based research. She co-founded and directed “The Moxie Project: Women and Leadership for Social Change,” and students in her class at Duke University created the worldwide Internet campaign Who Needs Feminism?
Matthew P. Shelton was born in Danbury, North Carolina. He received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from Guilford College. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches in VCU’s Art Foundations program and serves as Gallery Coordinator at 1708, a non-profit space for new art.
Bland Simpson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and longtime member of the Tony Award–winning Red Clay Ramblers. He is author of numerous books, including Into the Sound Country: A Carolinian’s Coastal Plain, Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals: The Mystery of the Carroll A. Deering, and The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside to Sound Country.
Steven E. Sodergren is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Studies in War and Peace undergraduate degree program at Norwich University. He is currently completing a book manuscript examining the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac in the last year of the Civil War.
Natasha Trethewey is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent, Thrall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), and a book of creative non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (University of Georgia Press, 2010). She is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Mississippi and the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States.
Alyssa D. Warrick is a doctoral candidate at Mississippi State University. Her dissertation will focus on national park sites in the South and southern identity. A native of the Missouri Ozarks, Alyssa enjoys traveling, tweeting, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball (when she is not researching and writing, of course). [End Page 120]