- About the Contributors
Keri McLeod traveled throughout South Carolina and Georgia to photograph this work for her graduate thesis at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In her freelance work she continues to explore the ongoing theme of nature vs. culture in different contexts and media. For the last two years she has taught high school art, including photography, at the American International School, Chennai, India. See more of her work at: www.kerimcleod.com.
Frederick Douglass Opie is writing a book on African American and Latino relations in metropolitan New York, 1930s–1980s. His first book, Origins of Soul Food, comes out this year from Columbia University Press. He is an associate professor of history at Marist College.
Elaine Neil Orr is the author of two scholarly works and the memoir Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in The Louisville Review, Southern Cultures, Image, Cold Mountain, and The Missouri Review, for which she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Currently she is at work on Every Trembling Heart, a historical novel about early missionaries to West Africa.
Melissa R. Schrift is an assistant professor of anthropology at East Tennessee State University. She has enjoyed the opportunity to return to the southern Appalachian Mountains and looks forward to continuing her work in the South. Her professional interests include public ritual, ethnicity, and identity politics, as well as medical and applied anthropology. In addition to her work in the American South, she has worked in the People's Republic of China.
Michael K. Steinberg is an assistant professor in the New College and Department of Geography at the University of Alabama. His research and teaching interests focus on the human dimensions of environmental change and conservation, with a special interest in endangered species. His book on the ivory-bill, Stalking the Ghost Bird, is out from LSU Press.
Benjamin E. Wise teaches history and academic writing at Harvard University. His article in this issue is part of a larger biography of William Alexander Percy, Cosmopolitan Southerner: A Life of William Alexander Percy.