JOSEPH CRESPINO is the Jimmy Carter Professor of History at Emory University and chair of the Department of History. His most recent book, Atticus Finch: The Biography: Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon, was published in 2018 by Basic Books.
JONATHAN FARMER is the author of That Peculiar Affirmative: On the Social Life of Poems and the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, and teaches middle and high school English.
ALISON COLLIS GREENE’s first book, No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta (Oxford University Press, 2016) was a CHOICE Outstanding Title and winner of the 2016 Charles S. Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association.
ANGELA PULLEY HUDSON is professor of history at Texas A&M University. Her recent book is Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians (UNC Press, 2015). She coedits the Indians and Southern History series from the University of Alabama Press.
SONNY KELLY is a performer, playwright, and teacher pursuing a PhD in Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation is a performance-based approach to confronting the school-to-prison pipeline.
DIANE ROBERTS is an eighth-generation Floridian, and currently professor of creative writing 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. Her work has appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in the New York Times, Guardian, Oxford American, and Tampa Bay Times.
EMILY RUTH RUTTER is the author of two books: Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball Behind the Color Line (University Press of Mississippi, 2018) and The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry (University of Alabama Press, 2018). Her coedited collection of critical essays and poetry, Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, is forthcoming from Routledge in 2019.
JOE SHAY graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005 with a BS in mass communication and a minor in anthropology. He continues to work on “This Twinkling Mortal World” while also working fulltime as a farmhand.