Samuel K. Byrd is an anthropologist who studies immigration, music, urban social dynamics, Latin American and Latinx culture(s), and the U.S. South. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College–City University of New York and lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.
Tiana Clark is the author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.
Julia Cox earned her PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are American Studies, gender studies, and popular music. She has taught courses ranging from feminist theory to a history of protest music at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts.
Tina Haver Currin is a writer and activist based in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Her campaigns for social justice have received coverage in the New York Times, Atlantic, and Washington Post. Tina’s mission is to share the idea that existing systems of political protest are outdated—and how we must update them in order to have an impact.
Max Fraser was named a finalist for the 2018 Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians. He is currently a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College, where he is finishing a book about what Steve Earle once called the “hillbilly highway.”
A folklorist, curator, writer, and graphic designer based in Chapel Hill, Brendan Greaves is the co-founder and owner of Paradise of Bachelors, a record label dedicated to archival and contemporary music. A former gallerist and curator at Philadelphia’s Fleisher/Ollman gallery, and thereafter Director of Public Art and Community Design at the North Carolina Arts Council, he has written extensively about vernacular art in the American South and beyond.
Longtime North Carolina resident Si Kahn is in his fifty-second year as a civil rights, union, and community organizer and musician. His body of work includes seventeen albums of original songs, a CD of traditional labor and civil rights songs recorded with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp, and the songs and/or scripts for seven musicals and four organizing/political books, including one co-authored with public philosopher Elizabeth Minnich, Si’s long-time partner and spouse.
Michelle Lanier is an Afro-Carolinian folklorist, oral historian, public historian, and documentary educator. She currently serves as the director of North Carolina’s State Historic Sites and Properties and was the founding executive director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission. For nearly two decades, Lanier has taught at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Lanier’s work centers on a spirit-centered approach to illuminating and amplifying narratives of the black South.
Douglas Mcgowan’s reissue projects include the new age anthologies I Am The Center and The Microcosm; collections of music by Joanna Brouk, Jackie Shane, and the Eugene Electronic Music Collective; and the best-selling ambient sound app for iOS, Environments. He lives in Los Angeles.
William Pym is a writer, teacher, and art dealer based in Kent, England. His polemical essay collection on the vicissitudes of the global art scene since 2000, entitled That Way, was published by At Last Books, Copenhagen, in spring 2018.
Joseph M. Thompson is a doctoral candidate in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History. His dissertation, “Sounding Southern: Music, Militarism, and the Making of the Sunbelt,” uses popular music to analyze the impact of the military-industrial complex on constructions of race, politics, and region since World War II.