Darnell Arnoult, Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, co-edits drafthorse: a literary journal of work and no work. She is author of the novel Sufficient Grace and the poetry collection What Travels With Us, winner of the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature and named SIBA Poetry Book of the Year. She lives with her husband in the Cumberland Gap.
E. M. Beck is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on the political economy of racial violence, in particular the relationship between economic change in the American South and violence against blacks. He has authored over 60 papers published in sociological and social science journals, and is co-author of A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings 1882–1930, a winner of the Social Science History Association President’s Book Award and other awards. He spent over four years compiling an inventory of threatened, failed, and averted lynchings; presently, he is investigating factors influencing whether local authorities intervened to stop mob violence.
Christopher Broadhurst is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of New Orleans. His research agenda centers on examining historical and contemporary student activism, most recently co-editing a monograph titled Radical Academia?: Understanding the Climates for Campus Activists.
Julie R. Enszer is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She is working on a book manuscript, A Fine Bind: Lesbian-Feminist Publishing from 1969 through 1989, that examines the cultural and political significance of lesbian-feminist print culture. Her scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in Frontiers, Journal of Lesbian Studies, WSQ, and Feminist Studies. Enszer is also the editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom and curator of the Lesbian Poetry Archive, www.LesbianPoetryArchive.org.
William R. Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Senior Associate Director of its Center for the Study of the American South. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians, directed 15 documentary films, and written or edited 10 books, including the massive Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press, 1989), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Les Voix du Mississippi (2013), the French translation of his book Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (2009), received the Coup de Coeur de l’Académie Charles Cros Musiques du Monde prize in the world music category. His most recent book is The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (UNC Press, 2013).
Tanya Finchum, professor and oral history librarian with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, has served on the Oklahoma State University Library faculty since 1999 and transitioned to the library’s oral history initiative in 2006. Finchum has been principal investigator of several oral history projects and has served on the library faculty since 1999.
Juliana Nykolaiszyn, associate professor and oral history librarian, joined the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the Oklahoma State University Library in 2007. From interviewing narrators to processing oral history collections, her work involves not only the creation but preservation and online access of oral histories.
Matthew Ross earned his PhD in American Literature at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and currently teaches at Santa Monica College. His writing has previously appeared in the Journal of American Culture, Eclectica, and Warscapes, and will also be seen in upcoming volumes of Stephen Crane Studies and Renascence.
John Matthew Smith is an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Tech. He specializes in the history of sports, race, and American culture. He is also the co-author of Blood Brothers: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and the Ring of Hate, forthcoming from Basic Books.
Keira V. Williams holds a PhD in U.S. History from the University of Georgia and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. She is the author of Gendered Politics in the Modern South: The Susan Smith Case and the Rise of a New Sexism (Louisiana State University Press, 2012...