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  • Contributors

Rebecca Bond Costa received her doctorate from Louisiana State University in 2016 and specializes in environmental history. She is currently working on a book about the public policies related to Louisiana's coastal erosion crisis, to be published by University Press of Mississippi.

Georgann Eubanks is a writer and documentary filmmaker from Carrboro, North Carolina. She is the current president of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and is a past Chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council. She is the author of the Literary Trails of North Carolina series from UNC Press.

André Gallant is a journalist based in Athens, Georgia. He teaches at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and publishes Crop Stories, a literary journal critically exploring agriculture in the South. Learn more at

Barbara Garrity-Blake is a creative and innovative cultural anthropologist. For more than twenty-five years, she has been a leader in collecting, preserving, promoting, and writing about North Carolina coastal folk traditions, particularly the state's coastal fishing villages. She is an instructor at Duke Marine Lab.

Anna Hamilton is a radio producer and oral historian whose work revolves around environmental history, foodways, and public memory in the American South. She is currently Project Director of Matanzas Voices, a multimedia oral history initiative documenting life and work on northeast Florida's Matanzas River. Learn more about the project at

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.

Maurice Manning's most recent collection of poetry is One Man's Dark. He lives with his family in Kentucky and teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Baxter Miller is a photographer and the principal investigator and photographer for RISING. Born, bred, and based in eastern North Carolina, she strives to document and understand the people, traditions, places, and challenges facing her home. With an interest in digital storytelling and its impacts, she is a creative consultant and content creator/ strategist who guides narrative-rooted businesses in telling their stories.

Documentary fieldworker Vennie Deas Moore has published several books tracing people and their ties to southern landscapes. Through her photographs, Deas Moore has captured the passing traditions of coastal communities in South Carolina as waterway construction increasingly leads to recreational activities and residential living. She worked for thirty years as a southeastern cross-cultural research consultant, and has served as a historian at the McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina.

Diane Roberts is an eighth-generation Floridian, educated in Florida and England, and currently Professor of Creative Writing [End Page 160] at Florida State University. She is the author of four books, most recently Dream State, a historical memoir of Florida, and Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America. A journalist and broadcaster, her work has appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in the New York Times, Guardian, Oxford American, and Tampa Bay Times (among other places). She lives in Tallahassee.

Emily Roehl is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the co-founder of Mystery Spot Books, an artist book publisher based in Minneapolis. As a writer and photographer, Roehl focuses on energy, environmental justice, and visual culture. In her dissertation, she looks at landscape photographs of extractive sites from upstream to down in the material life of oil, from the tar sands of Alberta to the proposed routes of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Roehl is interested in the aesthetic strategies of artists and activists who address the unevenly distributed risks of energy development.

Bill Smith is the chef at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill...