- About the Contributors
Ellis Anderson, a designer, musician, and civic activist grew up in Charlotte, then migrated to the Gulf Coast in pursuit of her artistic muse. Writing has remained her primary passion, and her work has been published in various regional venues. Essays detailing her community's Katrina odyssey have garnered several awards, including a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. She is currently seeking a publisher for her book manuscript, "The Language of Loss," detailing the impact of the storm and its continuing aftermath on her community.
Michael P. Bibler is a lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Manchester. He is co-editor of Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South, and his articles have been published in the Mississippi Quarterly and the edited volume Perversion and the Social Relation. His Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968, is forthcoming next year from the University of Virginia Press.
Maura Fitzgerald, a senior History major at Yale University, grew up in Berkeley, California. The summer following Hurricane Katrina, she served as the lead photographer for the Imagining New Orleans Oral History Project, which recorded in-depth interviews with returned residents. "What Was Found" is excerpted from her book by the same name, for which she is currently seeking a publisher.
Bob Hicok's most recent collection is This Clumsy Living, published January 2007 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Judith A. Howard received an M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in social work from UCLA. Returning to her ancestral farm in Louisiana after twenty-five years, she now practices psychotherapy in Ruston and writes a weekly political column for The Morning Paper. She is the author, with Ernest Zebrowski, of Category 5: The Story of Camille, Lessons Unlearned from America's Most Violent Hurricane.
Karen M. O'Neill is a sociologist in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Her research interests include political power and access to natural resources. Her book, Rivers by Design: State Power and the Origins of U.S. Flood Control, outlines the broader story of the social origins of the federal flood control program.
Anthony J. Stanonis is a New Orleans native. He received his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and recently published his first book, Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans and the Emergence of Modern Tourism. He continues to work on questions of tourism, leisure, and culture in the American South. In fall 2007, he became a lecturer in Modern U.S. History at Queen's University Belfast.