Denise E. Bates is a historian and Assistant Professor of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University. She is the author and editor, respectively, of The Other Movement: Indian Rights and Civil Rights in the Deep South (University of Alabama Press, 2012) and We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South (University Press of Florida, 2016).
Tyree Daye is from Youngsville, North Carolina, and earned his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner (for which he received the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award in the Fall 2015 issue), Nashville Review, Four Way Review, and Ploughshares (forthcoming). He is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns and the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018. Daye is a Cave Canem Fellow and longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review.
Forest Hazel, born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, now lives in Mebane, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter. He has researched North Carolina history for over thirty-five years, primarily the state's American Indian communities. His grandfather came from a mining family that worked the coalfields of South Wales.
Bernard L. Herman, George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, works on the material cultures of everyday life and the ways in which people furnish, inhabit, communicate, and understand the worlds of things. His teaching and research cohere around teaching and public engagement and a deeply held belief that work of the arts and humanities finds its first calling in the public sphere. He also grows oysters on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where he cultivates a "library" of fig varietals.
Emily Hilliard is the West Virginia state folklorist and founder of the West Virginia Folklife Program at the West Virginia Humanities Council. She holds an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been published by Ecotone, The Bitter Southerner, NPR, and the Southern Foodways Alliance, among others. Find more at emilyehilliard.com.
Jennifer Joy Jameson is a public folklorist and cultural organizer with an interest in documenting the ways culture shapes creativity, especially in rural spaces. She directed the Folk and Traditional Arts program at the Mississippi Arts Commission from 2014 to early 2017, and now works with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in Los Angeles. Jameson also works with SPACES Archives, a non-profit archive established in 1978 to document and advocate for the preservation of art environments around the world. From 2015–2017, Jameson partnered with local people in McComb, Mississippi, for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center's exhibition of Loy Bowlin's Beautiful Holy Jewel Home, titled "The Making of a Dream: Loy Bowlin + Jennifer Joy Jameson" (2017–2019).
Shana Klein holds a PhD in Art History from the University of New Mexico, where she completed her dissertation, "The Fruits of Empire: Contextualizing Food in Post–Civil War American Art and Culture." This project, now under contract to become a book, probes how the representation and cultivation of food participated in the broader cultivation of American empire. Klein has been awarded several fellowships for her research, including a current one at the German Historical [End Page 136] Institute in partnership with Georgetown University.
Trista Reis Porter is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her dissertation project explores themes of alterity, agency, and identity in the reception of artists who tend to fall outside major canons of fine art. She holds an MA and BA in art history from Indiana University and the University of Iowa.
Emily Ridder-Beardsley is a freelance curator who recently received her MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She focused her work at UNC on the photography of Reverend Lonzie Odie Taylor and is working with curator Jane Livingston to develop an exhibition on early African American photographers, which will include Taylor's images. Ridder-Beardsley has a keen interest in the ways in which artists create visual narratives...