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  • About the Contributors

Kate Daniels’s poem, “Prayer for My Children,” is reprinted from a sequence called “Portrait of the Artist as Mother,” from Four Testimonies (LSU, 1998). Her most recent book is A Walk In Victoria’s Secret. She is Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University, currently on leave as a Guggenheim Fellow.

Susan V. Donaldson is NEH Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. She has published widely on late-nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and cultural history, particularly narrative and visual representations of and about race. The author of Competing Voices: The American Novel, 1865–1914 and the coeditor of Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts, she has edited several special issues of the Faulkner Journal and the Mississippi Quarterly.

Allison Graham is professor of Media Studies at the University of Memphis. The recipient of national awards for her film production work, she is the author of Framing the South: Hollywood, Television, and Race During the Civil Rights Struggle and the coeditor of the recently published New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture volume on media.

Suzanne W. Jones is Professor of English and chair of the department at the University of Richmond, where she is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities. Her articles on twentieth-century southern fiction and on women novelists have appeared in a variety of journals and collections. She is the author of Race Mixing: Southern Fiction Since the Sixties (2004) and the editor of three collections of essays: Poverty and Progress in the U.S. South Since 1920 with Mark Newman (2006), South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture with Sharon Monteith (2002), and Writing the Woman Artist: Essays on Poetics, Politics, and Portraiture (1991); and two collections of stories, Crossing the Color Line: Readings in Black and White (2000) and Growing Up in the South (1991, 2003).

Pearl McHaney serves as the Associate Dean for the Fine Arts at Georgia State University, where she has been teaching American and Southern literature since 1998. She has written or edited four books about Eudora Welty’s writings and photography, and also published essays on the writings of William Faulkner, Alice Munro, and Natasha Trethewey. She is the editor of the annual Eudora Welty Review, a peer-reviewed journal that she transformed from a newsletter. A Tyrannous Eye: Eudora Welty’s Nonfiction and Photography will be published in early 2014.

Valerie Smith is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Princeton University, where she is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and Professor of English and African American Studies. In addition to other publications, she is the author of Self-Discovery and Authority in Afro-American Narrative, Not Just Race, Not Just Gender: Black Feminist Readings, and, most recently, Toni Morrison: Writing the Moral Imagination. She is the editor of African American Writers and Representing Blackness: Issues in Film and Video. The co-General Editor of the 3rd edition of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, at present, she is co-editing a book on race and real estate (with Adrienne Brown and Kim Lane Scheppele) and completing a book on the Civil Rights Movement in cultural memory.

Susan Tucker, Curator of Books and Records, oversees the Newcomb Archives and Special Collections of the Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University. She is the mother of one daughter and the editor of four books on various aspects of women’s lives, especially those aspects concerned with memory and archival documents.

Kimberly Wallace-Sanders is Associate Professor of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Director of Graduate Studies at Emory University. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender, and Southern Memory and the editor of Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture. Her most current work appears in Southern Quarterly, and she is at work on a unique book of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century photographs called Mammies, Nannies and Love Slaves: Portraits of Black Women with White Children in the U.S. and Brazil.

Mary Yelling is a retired social worker and teacher who lives in Mobile, Alabama. She is the mother of two...


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