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Kenneth Betsalel is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches courses in American Political Thought, Civic Engagement in Community, and ReStorying Community. Over the course of his career Dr. Betsalel has used documentary photography in his teaching and scholarship.

Adrian Blevins is the author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), The Brass Girl Brouhaha (Ausable Press, 2003), and two chapbooks. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha, a Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation Award, a Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, and, more recently, a pushcart prize, a Cohen Award from Ploughshares, and a Zone 3 Poetry Award. A collection of essays she edited with Karen McElmurray—Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia—was published in 2015. New poems have recently been published in American Poetry Review, North American Review, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, and other magazines. She teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Aaron Blum is an eighth generation West Virginian, and creates art deeply linked to his home. Most of his work centers around a single question, What does it mean to be Appalachian? His creation process is a diversified approach of image-based media that creates a glimpse into his own concepts of home, and the social fabric of a very large and misrepresented people and place.

Anna Creadick is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Her publications include Perfectly Average: The Pursuit of Normality in Postwar America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), as well as essays on Faulkner, McCullers, the middlebrow, whiteness, pop fiction, and other subjects.

Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt is John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among her publications are A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food (2011), The Tangled Roots of Feminism, Environmentalism, and Appalachian Literature (2003), and The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South (co-editor, 2013). She is a series editor for the Southern Foodways Alliance's Studies in Culture, People, and Place Series at University of Georgia Press and the Appalachia in Transition Series for Ohio University Press. She serves on the board and chairs the Academic Committee of the Southern Foodways Alliance and is a member of the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina Press.

Rachel Garringer hails from a sheep farm in southeastern West Virginia. She is a second year MA student in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a contributing editor for Scalawag, and the founder and director of the ongoing oral history project Country Queers, which documents the diverse experiences of rural and small town lgbtqia folks in the United States. She received a BA from Hampshire College in 2007. Since then, she has worked as a youth advocate and educator in transitional living shelters, ged classrooms, and rural public schools in Texas and West Virginia.

Grace Elizabeth Hale ( is the Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Virginia and the author of Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890–1940 (Vintage, 1999) and The Romance of the Outsider: How Middle Class Whites Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Cool Town: Athens, Georgia and the Promise of Alternative Culture in Reagan's America (forthcoming in 2017).

Graham Hoppe lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes about culture and history with a focus on food and music. His first book, Gone Dollywood, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 from Ohio University Press. You can find more of his work at

Gene Hyde is the head of Special Collections and University Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Mr. Hyde holds MAs in library science and Appalachian Studies. His research investigates the role of special collections in Appalachian studies research and curricula.

Jolie Lewis attended Case Western Reserve University (BS) and Ohio State (MFA). She was...


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