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  • About the Contributors

Marcie Cohen Ferris is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Southern Studies in the Department of American Studies at UNC. She is the author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South, which received the 2006 Jane Grigson Award for distinguished scholarship in research and presentation. She is coeditor of Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History and is currently writing a social history of southern foodways, titled “The Edible South: Food and History in an American Region.”

Bryan Giemza is a North Carolina native, reformed lawyer, and devoted writer who teaches literature at Randolph-Macon College. He is coauthor with Donald Beagle of Poet of the Lost Cause: A Life of Father Ryan and an editor of Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary (Louisiana State University Press). His new Lost Colonies: Irish Catholic Writers and the Invention of the American South spans two hundred years of literary history and is slated for imminent release from LSU Press.

Clifford M. Kuhn is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. His books include Living Atlanta: An Oral History of the City, 1914–1948 and Contesting the New South Order: The 1914–1915 Strike at Atlanta’s Fulton Mills. He is completing a biography of Arthur Raper titled “At the Crossroads: Arthur Raper, the South, and the World.”

Tom Maxwell is a musician and author. Songs he wrote while in the Squirrel Nut Zippers propelled the band to multi-platinum status. He has been published in the Oxford American, College Music Journal, and the Independent and has just completed a memoir. He lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Rob McDonald’s newest book is Cy’s Rollei, a portfolio of photographs made in collaboration with Sally Mann and Even Rogers. He was born in South Carolina and lived in both Tennessee and Texas before moving to Lexington, Virginia, where he is Professor of English and Fine Arts and Associate Dean of the Faculty at VMI. []

Seán S. McKeithan is a graduate student in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where research for his honor’s thesis, “Hegemony, Mythology, Bourbon: An Exploration of White Southern Masculinities,” became the impetus both for the article in this issue and On Breathing in the Barrel, a solo theater work he wrote and performed, which debuted in the 2011 Solo Takes On Two festival at UNC.

R. T. Smith is Writer-in-Residence at Washington and Lee University, where he edits Shenandoah. His most recent book of poems is Outlaw Style (Arkansas, 2008), and his new book of stories is Sherburne (Steven F. Austin Press, 2011). He has received three Pushcart Prizes, and his recent poems have appeared in Sewanee Review, Louisville Review, and Pleiades.

Nancy Hatch Woodward’s poems and stories have appeared in Alternative Press Magazine, Short Story Magazine, Seeding the Snow, Four and Twenty, Sequoya Review, and Working Mother. Her poem, “Distractions,” was a winner of Writer’s Digest ’s 2009 Poetry-a-Day contest. She has published over 650 articles and is the co-author of Eldercare: Caring for Your Aging Parents. [End Page 118]



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