Dagmar Pegues is a graduate of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2007 she was awarded the Fulbright scholarship to conduct dissertation research at Loyola University in New Orleans under the supervision of Dr. Barbara C. Ewell. In 2009 she completed her doctoral dissertation entitled "Contemporary Revaluation of Southern Local Color Literature." She is a co-recipient of a grant awarded by the Charles University Grant Agency for translation of selected American regionalist fiction into Czech.
John Rodden has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published numerous books on topics ranging from Anglo-American cultural history and Latin American literary criticism to human rights abuses and the politics of twentieth-century Germany. His newest book is Dialectics, Dogmas, and Dissent: Stories of Human Rights Abuse Under East German Communism (2010). He can be reached at email@example.com.
Nathan Tipton is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Memphis and is currently serving as Coordinator in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He has previously published articles in Mississippi Quarterly, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Religion and Theatre, and Lambda Literary Review. He is hard at work on his dissertation, which focuses on southern writers and the postwar "problem South."
Writer, critic, and scholar Randy Boyagoda is Associate Professor of American Studies in the English Department at Ryerson University in Toronto. In addition to his 2008 monograph on William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, and Salman Rushdie, he is the author of a novel, Governor of the Northern Province (2006), and has written for publications including The New York Times and Harper's magazine. [End Page 168]
Jennifer Murray is Associate Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France, where she teaches courses in Canadian and American literature. Her research and published articles (forthcoming in the Journal of the Short Story in English and the electronic journal E-rea) focus primarily on works by female writers from Canada and the American South.
Summar C. Sparks is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, specializing in nineteenth-century American literature and southern studies. Her scholarly interests include the rhetorics of didactic literature and the construction of identities in autobiography.
Nick Norwood is Associate Professor of English at Columbus State University in Georgia, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and poetics. His two books of poetry are The Soft Blare (2003) and A Palace for the Heart (2004). His poems have appeared in Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, Southwest Review, Southwestern American Literature, storySouth, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and many other magazines and anthologies.
Brannon Costello is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he specializes in southern literature and comics studies. He is the author of Plantation Airs: Racial Paternalism and the Transformations of Class in Southern Fiction, 1945–1971 (Louisiana State UP, 2007) as well as articles on Jack Butler, Richard Wright, Lewis Nordan, and others. He is also the editor of Howard Chaykin: Conversations, forthcoming in 2011 from the UP of Mississippi.
Christine McCulloch is a Ph.D. student at Emory University. She works primarily on twentieth-century American literature and film, with a secondary focus on literature of the U.S. South. Her dissertation examines the recurrence and signification of the automobile accident in American literature and film produced during the interwar period. Her interests include transatlantic modernism, aesthetic and narrative theory, and cultural studies. [End Page 169]
Bryan Giemza is a North Carolina native and reformed lawyer who teaches American and southern literature at Randolph-Macon College. He is coauthor (with Donald Beagle) of Poet of the Lost Cause: A Life of Father Ryan (U of Tennessee P, 2008) and an editor of Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary (Louisiana State UP, 2004). He has just finished writing another book, Lost Colonies: Irish Catholic Writers and the Invention of the American South.
James A. Crank is Assistant Professor of American literature and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. His articles have appeared in The Mississippi Quarterly as well as the collections Agee Agonistes...