Julie Buckner Armstrong is an associate professor of English at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where she teaches African American, American, and women's literatures. She is editor of The Civil Rights Reader: From Jim Crow to Reconciliation (U of Georgia P, 2009) and coeditor, with Susan Edwards, Houston Roberson, and Rhonda Williams, of Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom's Bittersweet Song (Routledge, 2002). “Mary Turner's Blues” is derived from her most recent book, Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching (U of Georgia P, 2011).
Kevin Birmingham is a lecturer in history and literature at Harvard. His work explores race and aesthetics, the history of literary obscenity, and the avant-garde. His essay “ ‘History's Ass Pocket’: The Sources of Baldwinian Diaspora” appears in James Baldwin: America and Beyond (U of Michigan P, 2011).
Bartholomew Brinkman is the 2011–2012 NEH Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. He has recently published articles in Modernism/modernity, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and Journal of Modern Literature, and coedits with Cary Nelson the Modern American Poetry Site. He is currently completing a book manuscript, “Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print.”
Mary Paniccia Carden is professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses on American literature. She is the author of Sons and Daughters of Self-Made Men: Improvising Gender, Place, Nation in American Literature (Bucknell UP, 2010) and coeditor of Doubled Plots: Romance and History (UP of Mississippi, 2003). She has written widely in American literature in such journals as Contemporary Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, a/b: Auto/ Biography Studies, Clio, and Journeys.
DéLana R. A. Dameron's poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, 42opus, storySouth, Pembroke Magazine, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Soul Mountain, and is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective. Dameron, a native of Columbia, SC, currently resides in New York.
Trevor Dodman is an assistant professor of English at Hood College in Frederick, MD. His teaching interests include modernism, the novel, war and genocide literature, and contemporary global fiction. His publications explore trauma, violence, masculinity, and collective memory. His current book project, “Transatlantic Shell Shock: Narrative, Identity, and National Memory in the Wake of the First World War,” reads American and British World War I novels in the company of hospital records, medical studies, military histories, mass media accounts, battlefield guidebooks, and physical memorial spaces.
Kwoya Fagin is a South Carolina native and MFA graduate from the University of Alabama. She is also a Cave Canem Fellow. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
Paul Alan Fahey writes and resides on the central California coast. He would like to acknowledge Paul Raffaele's splendid article, “Keepers of the Lost Ark?” (Smithsonian, December 2007), which provided the catalyst for “The Monarch across the Street.” The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, by Ryszard Kapuscinski, was also helpful in supplying psychological details on Haile Selassie and his court near the end of the monarch's reign. Paul is currently editing an anthology, The Other Man, a collection of personal essays about being the other man, suffering the other man or having one's life or relationship affected by him. [End Page 327]
John R. O. Gery has published five volumes of poetry, including Davenport's Version (Portals, 2003) and A Gallery of Ghosts (U of New Orleans P, 2008), and has written extensively on modernist and contemporary poetry. He is a research professor of English at the University of New Orleans, whose poetry, criticism, and reviews have appeared, among other venues, in Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Louisiana Literature, Prairie Schooner, and African American Review.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, writer, painter, and photographer. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and the M.A. in English literature from the University of Delaware. Her poetry, fiction, photography/fine arts...