Folashade Alao is assistant professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century African American literature, twentieth-century American literature, black women writers, and black South Carolina writers. Her work explores themes of migration, memory, and geography. She is working on a book-length manuscript on the themes of spatial knowledge, migration, and the built environment in contemporary black women’s works.
Shanna Greene Benjamin, associate professor of English at Grinnell College, has published on African American literature and black women’s literary history in MELUS, African American Review, Studies in American Fiction, and PMLA. She is currently working on a biography of Norton Anthology of African American Literature co-editor Nellie Y. McKay.
Tara T. Green is professor and director of African American and African Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she teaches literature and gender studies courses. The author of numerous articles, she is also the author of A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men, which won the 2011 National Council for Black Studies Outstanding Publication Award, and the editor of two books, including Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature (2013). Her monograph on the life of activist, journalist, and creative writer Alice Dunbar-Nelson is under review.
Peter C. Kunze holds a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and is currently working a second Ph.D., in media studies, at the University of Texas at Austin. His research examines masculinity, comedy, and childhood across literature, film, and new media. He edited The Films of Wes Anderson: Critical Essays on an Indiewood Icon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). [End Page 95]