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JAMAAL BARBER is a printmaker currently enrolled in the graduate program at Georgia State University. His fine art has been seen at ZuCot Gallery in Atlanta; the Atlanta Print Biennial Exhibit; the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, New York; and various art shows around the Metro Atlanta area and U.S.

ANNA LENA PHILLIPS BELL is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize. Her work appears in 32 Poems, the Southern Review, and Quarterly West. She teaches at UNC Wilmington, where she is the editor of Ecotone, and calls ungendered Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.

KARIDA L. BROWN is an oral historian, educator, and professor of sociology and African American studies at UCLA. She currently serves on the advisory boards of The Obama Presidency Oral History Project, the Du Boisian Scholar Network, and the Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project. She is the author of two books, Gone Home (UNC Press, 2018) and The Sociology of W. E. B. Du Bois (coauthored with José Itzigsohn, NYU Press, forthcoming Spring 2020). Her third book unearths a global history of racially segregated education systems and their enduring legacies of inequality.

KAREN L. COX is professor of history at UNC Charlotte. She is the author of several books and articles on the American South, including most recently Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South.

MARY A. KNIGHTON, professor of literature at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, has taught and published widely in both American and modern Japanese literature and culture. In late 2019, she will be guest curator for a temporary exhibit at the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage in Virginia that traces the regional and global ties of a local silk mill. Her current book project is titled Insect Selves: Posthumanism in Modern Japanese Literature and Culture.

MALINDA MAYNOR LOWERY is a is a professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill and directs the Center for the Study of the American South. She is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Her second book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, was published by UNC Press in 2018. She has written articles and essays on topics including American Indian migration and identity, school desegregation, federal recognition, religious music, and foodways. [End Page 183]

BURGIN MATHEWS is coauthor, with Frank "Doc" Adams, of Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man. His book in progress chronicles Birmingham's unique jazz history, and his weekly radio show, The Lost Child, explores a wide range of southern music traditions. Find more at

TERRELL ORR is a doctoral student in history at the University of Georgia interested in agriculture, labor, and capitalism in the U.S. South and Latin America. His dissertation research explores the intertwined citrus industries of his home state of Florida and the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

MARGARET SARTOR is a writer, photographer, and curator based in Durham, North Carolina. She is the author of seven books, including Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price (with Alex Harris); her best-selling memoir, Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Loss, and Growing Up in the 1970s; and the critically acclaimed What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (with Geoff Dyer). She has taught at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University since 1991.

Chef and author BILL SMITH's first cookbook, Seasoned in the South: Recipes from Crook's Corner and Home, is a New York Times Notable, Food & Wine Best Book, and also a top 10 southern essential by Southern Living. No longer the full-time executive chef at Crook's Corner, he's writing two books that meld his life's work with foodways and his passion for human rights: Southern Ruckus: Recipes for Cooking, Carousing, Camaraderie and Carrying On and a memoir titled Kitchen Diplomacy, excerpted here.

From Wales, PETER STEVENSON is a storyteller, illustrator, writer, artist, folklorist, filmmaker, crankie-maker, exhibition curator, and organizer of Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival. He has performed at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village, the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park, and is the author...


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