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Tiffany Austin currently teaches rhetorical and creative writing at the University of The Bahamas while researching the African Diaspora, including African American, Caribbean, Afro-Latino(a) and African literature. She has published poetry in African American Review, Callaloo, Obsidian, pluck!, Valley Voices, and Sycorax's Daughters, a speculative literature anthology, along with a photo essay "A South in Sound" in TriQuarterly.

Destiny O. Birdsong is a Pushcart-prize nominated poet whose poems have either appeared or are forthcoming in African American Review, At Length, Indiana Review, Rove, and elsewhere. Her critical work recently appeared in African American Review, and a co-authored chapter on Black Atlantic and Diaspora Literature (with Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo) was published this year in the Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature (Cambridge UP). She is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and The Ragdale Foundation. She is currently a research coordinator at Vanderbilt University.

Joan Brady works for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as the Family Life Coordinator. She has studied ballroom dancing for the last five years and also volunteers with Hattiesburg Performing Arts, Inc.

William Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, an adjunct professor of folklore, and the senior associate director of the Center for Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music, and folklore, he has written or edited ten books and created fifteen documentary films. He co-edited the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (U of North Carolina P, 1989), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His most recent books include: The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (2013), Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (2016), and The South in Color: A Visual Journal (2016), all published by the University of North Carolina Press. Ferris was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he taught for eighteen years. In addition, he served as a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2017, Ferris received the Mississippi Governor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Sascha Just is a filmmaker and a theatre and cinema history scholar. In her dissertation "The Interdependence of Theatricality, Gender, and Race in Cinematic and Performative Representations of New Orleans," as well as in her recent documentary HEIRS (Fräulein Freytag Productions) on three New Orleanians artists' journeys to their families' artistic histories, she explores the way images are exploited (consciously or reflexively) to construct concepts of gender and race. She is currently developing an oral history collection documenting the intersections of Black Indian performance traditions and music cultures of New Orleans.

Steven Knepper is an assistant professor at the Virginia Military Institute. His work has appeared in journals such as Telos, The Robert Frost Review, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, and Commonweal.

Tom Rankin is professor of the practice of art and documentary at Duke University where he directs the MFA program in Experimental and Documentary Arts. A photographer and [End Page 210] folklorist, he is author most recently of the book One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photography from Decatur County, Georgia (U of North Carolina P, 2013).

Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry—ACHE (Sibling Rivalry P, 2017); Gospel of Dust (Main Street Rag, 2013); and Meeting Bone Man (Main Street Rag, 2012). He teaches English and creative writing at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, and writes at

Luci Shaw was born in London, England, in 1928. A poet and essayist, since 1986 she has been writer in residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of over thirty-five books of poetry and creative non-fiction, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 2013 she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. The Thumbprint in the Clay, essays on beauty and purpose in the universe, was released in 2016 (InterVarsity), as was Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems (WordFarm).

Julia Simon is professor...


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