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Grant Bain is an instructor and Curriculum Design Specialist at the University of Arkansas. His recent publications include “Slashing With his Pen: Richard Wright’s Gothic Appropriation of the Bible” in the collection Inhabited by Stories, and “Poor Southern Whites as the Other in The X-Files and Other Recent Works of Popular Culture” in the collection Blue Collar Pop Culture.

Sylvia J. Cook is Founders Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is the author of Erskine Caldwell and the Fiction of Poverty and Working Women, Literary Ladies: The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration. Her current book project, “Clothed in Meaning,” explores literary dress and working-class life in northern and southern writing.

Julie Kane, the 2011–2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate, is Professor of English at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She was the first person to write a critical essay on the work of Tim Gautreaux (for the DLB: Twenty-First Century American Novelists volume), and other articles have appeared in journals including Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, Journal of Consciousness Studies, PsyArt, and Literature/Film Quarterly. Her latest poetry book is a collection of light verse: Paper Bullets (White Violet P, 2014). Her previous poetry books have won the National Poetry Series and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize.

Matthew Luter is on the English faculty at the Webb School of Knoxville. He has published articles on Don DeLillo, Willie Morris, and Amiri Baraka and has work forthcoming on Bret Easton Ellis and Walker Percy. He is now at work on Understanding Jonathan Lethem, under contract to University of South Carolina Press.

Christopher Metress is University Professor at Samford University. His publications include The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative and Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination (co-edited with Harriet Pollack). He is currently at work on a study of white southern writers and the civil rights movement, a portion of which will appear in the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature. [End Page 144]

Hal McDonald is Professor of English at Mars Hill University, where he teaches courses in American literature, linguistics, and creative writing. A writer of fiction, he is the author of The Anatomists, a mystery novel (Harper Collins, 2008), and is currently at work on a sequel.

Garrett Nichols earned his Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University in August 2013 and currently teaches composition and technical writing at Bellevue College. His research focuses on issues of sexuality, race, and rural culture in the settler colonial United States and has been published most recently in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society. He is currently working on a book project that explores the rhetorical construction of rurality as a practice of white, settler heteronormativity.

Michael Odom is currently a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina, where he is completing his dissertation. His current work focuses on the narrative strategies employed by southern writers to resist, satirize, and creatively negotiate evangelical religious communities. Odom’s recent publication, “How to Win Friends and Convert People: Onnie Jay Holy and the Sales Culture of American Evangelicalism,” appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of the Flannery O’Connor Review; he has also published work in The Simms Review and the University of South Carolina Press.

Timothy Sweet is Eberly Family Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University. His publications include Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union (Johns Hopkins UP, 1990) and American Georgics: Economy and Environment in Early American Literature (U of Pennsylvania P, 2002).

Jason Todd is Assistant Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. In addition to working on a number of fiction projects, he is currently investigating the intersection of law and gender in James Fenimore Cooper’s Leather-stocking Tales.

Annette Trefzer is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where she teaches American literature, Southern literature, Native American literature and literary theory. [End Page 145]

Tanfer Emin Tunc is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She...


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