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  • About the Contributors

Todd Boss’s poems have appeared in Poetry, the New Yorker, Best American Poetry, the London Times, and on NPR. In 2009, Virginia Quarterly Review named his debut collection Yellowrocket one of the ten best poetry books of the year and awarded him the Emily Clark Balch Prize. Todd is the founding co-director of Motionpoems, a poetry film initiative now collaborating with major American publishers. His newest collection of poems is Pitch, published by W. W. Norton & Company.

Lindsay Byron is a lecturer in the School of Literature, Communication, and Media at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she devotes most of her scholarship to women’s modernist writing, the American South, and multimodal composition. Her current book/multimodal project, “The Straightest Story Ever Told in Alabama”: Three Eccentric Women Tell of One Southern Mental Institution, 1890–1965, draws on medical files, diaries, and family remembrances to tell the stories of three women unwillingly institutionalized at Alabama’s notorious Bryce Mental Hospital (

Christopher A. Cooper is Associate Professor and Department Head in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University.

Donna Tolley Corriher teaches Expository Writing at Appalachian State University. Her research interests include Composition, Visual Rhetoric, Appalachian Studies, American Literature 1900–1950, Native American Literature, autoethnography as a teaching method, Cherokee history in Western North Carolina, and folklore and folk traditions of Appalachia. Her theses are autoethnographic in focus: “Dear Johnny Depp: Will You Please Buy the State of West Virginia—Autoethnography of an Appalachian Woman,” and “An Autoethnographic Curriculum for Appalachian Studies: Merging Humanities and Social Science Theories and Methods.”

Scott Huffard is Assistant Professor of History at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. He earned his PhD in History from the University of Florida in 2013. His work has also appeared in the Journal of Southern History, and he is currently working on a book manuscript on railroads, capitalism, and the mythology of the New South.

Mark A. Johnson, a PhD candidate in American History at the University of Alabama, researches African American history and cultural history under the guidance of Kari Frederickson. He earned his MA at the University of Maryland in 2011 and BA at Purdue University in 2009.

H. Gibbs Knotts is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the College of Charleston. His published work on the American South has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Southern Cultures, Social Science Quarterly, Southeastern Geographer, and Social Forces. He also co-edited The New Politics of North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

Bill Koon recently retired from the English Department at Clemson University, where he taught modern southern fiction for nearly thirty-five years. He was also a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Austria in Southern Studies. Koon edited Old Glory and the Stars and Bars and the two-volume collection Classic Southern Humor, and he is author of Hank Williams, So Lonesome.

Natalie Minik is the current Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where she earned an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts in 2013. Her commitment to documentary practice started nine years ago at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she studied documentary writing. Since then, she has branched out into photography, moving image, and multimedia approaches to storytelling. She is also co-founder of One, One Thousand | A Publication of Southern Photography.

JL Strickland grew up in the Fairfax, Alabama cotton mill village where he worked for decades. During all those years, he was also writing freelance for the professional humor markets and the late-night talk shows, including topical monologue jokes for Jay Leno and Bill Maher. He has also written short stories and non-fiction articles. [End Page 112]



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