- About the Contributors
Michael Chitwood's most recent book is Poor-Mouth Jubilee (Tupelo Press). His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Threepenny Review, and numerous other journals. He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Marcie Cohen Ferris is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South (UNC Press, 2005), which was nominated for the 2006 James Beard Foundation Award and received the 2006 Jane Grigson Award for distinguished scholarship in research and presentation. She is currently writing a social history of southern foodways, "The Edible South: Food and History in an American Region."
Sara B. Franklin is a freelance writer, oral historian, and avid cook. She has farmed in Massachusetts and New York and has worked with agricultural anti-poverty organizations in communities across the United States, as well as in South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil. She earned a certificate in nonfiction writing and multimedia storytelling from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. She also is a contributor to WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show" and is working with the American Museum of Natural History on a forthcoming food exhibition.
Shannon Harvey is a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include food, agrarianism, and religion in the American South. She has a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in photography from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bernard L. Herman is George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper (2012), Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780-1830 (2005), and The Stolen House (1992). He has written, lectured, and offered courses on visual and material culture, architectural history, self-taught and vernacular art, foodways, and seventeenth and eighteenth-century material life. In 2010 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
Courtney Lewis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her dissertation research focuses on issues of tribal economic development for Native Nations in the United States, specifically that of small businesses located on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina.
Kevin Sadler is a freelance photographer based in New Orleans who has documented the Angola rodeo, Mardi Gras Indians, and numerous local festivals. He enjoys the culturally rich food of New Orleans and is still searching for the best Sazerac in town.
Will Sexton once managed the kitchen at Crook's Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill and holds Master's degrees in English-Creative Writing from Hollins University and Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina. He now works at Duke University, writing software that supports research in the library's collections.
Rebecca Sharpless is Associate Professor of History at Texas Christian University. She is the author of Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865-1960 (2010) and Fertile Ground, Narrow Choices: Farm Women in Texas, 1900-1940 (1999), both from UNC Press. She is working on a book on women as consumers and producers of food in restaurants since the Civil War. [End Page 119]