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Retired UNC botanical librarian Jeffery Beam's works include The Broken Flower, Gospel Earth, Visions of Dame Kind, An Elizabethan Bestiary, The New Beautiful Tendons, Jonathan Williams: Lord of Orchards, and Spectral Pegasus, the latter a collaboration with painter Clive Hicks-Jenkins. His song-cycle The Life of the Bee (composed by Lee Hoiby) premiered at Carnegie Hall and can be heard on New Growth along with Beam reading. Steven Serpa also continues to compose with his poems.

André Gallant is a journalist based in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of A High Low Tide: The Revival of a Southern Oyster (University of Georgia Press, 2018) and publishes Crop Stories, a literary journal critically exploring agriculture in the South. Learn more at

Brian Glover is Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University. He specializes in the history of the novel, with attention to eighteenth-century Britain and media theory. He is also interested in ecocriticism, memoir, and literature of the U.S. South.

John M. Hall grew up in rural North Carolina and was educated at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. A scholarship to American Ballet Theater brought him to New York City, where he trained and performed in ballet and worked for architect Paul Rudolph before moving to Europe, where he worked as a fashion model and first developed an interest in photography. His fascination with the visual world and facility with the camera led to a wide-ranging career as a photographer of architecture, interior décor, and gardens for magazines, newspapers, architects, and private clients. He is the author of numerous books on photography and architecture and his photography has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, and other leading publications. His fine art photographs are represented in museums as well as private and corporate collections, and are exhibited frequently.

Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History at the City University of New York, specializes in modern art with a global and feminist perspective. A curator and exhibiting artist, and acknowledged authority on American realist painter Edward Hopper, she writes biography, fiction, and art history, including Hopper's biography and catalogue raisonné.

Michael McFee has taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1990. He is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently We Were Once Here (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017). His sixteenth book and second collection of prose, Appointed Rounds, which contains two essays first published in Southern Cultures ("My Inner Hillbilly" and "Just As I Am Not"), was published by Mercer University Press in 2018.

Clay Motley is the Honors College Director and Associate Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University. He researches popular southern music and is currently writing a book on the music history of Clarksdale, Mississippi. A Kentucky native, he received his PhD in English from the University of South Carolina.

Joy Priest is a writer from Louisville, Kentucky. She is the recipient of the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation's College Writers' Award, and has received support from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the [End Page 148] Kentucky Arts Council. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches and serves as Senior Editor for Yemassee Journal. Her poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Third Coast, and The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, among others.

As guest curator for McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, Dale Rosengarten developed the groundbreaking exhibition and catalog Row Upon Row: Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry (1986). Her dissertation (Harvard University, 1997) placed the Lowcountry basket in a global setting and led to a partnership with the Museum for African Art in New York. With co-curator Enid Schildkrout, Dale produced the exhibit Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art, which opened in 2008 at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston and ended its...


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