pableaux johnson is a food and travel writer, photographer, and designer based in New Orleans. A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, he is the author of three books, ESPN Gameday Gourmet, Eating New Orleans: From French Quarter Creole Dining to the Perfect Poboy, Lonely Planet's World Food New Orleans, as well as a contributor to the New York Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit.
holly lynton's work for the past twelve years has focused on understanding rural communities in the United States through their agricultural history and current industry. Her work has been featured in publications including the New Yorker, Village Voice, Miami Herald, Photo District News, New York Times, Boston Globe, Preview Massachusetts, Oxford American, Water ~ Stone Review, and ARTnews. In 2020, her work will be presented in the Yale University Art Gallery's celebration of 50 years of women at Yale and 150 years of women in the art school.
kate medley is a photojournalist and filmmaker of culture and foodways in the American South. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Oxford American, and Bitter Southerner. She is based in Durham, North Carolina.
tyler dewayne moore is an assistant teaching professor of African American history and public history at Bowling Green State University, and he is the executive director of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, a nonprofit organization that preserves cultural heritage in the rural African American communities of the Mississippi Delta. He has published in Living Blues, Blues & Rhythm, Mississippi Folklife, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections journal, and five of his essays will be included in the monograph Mississippi Fiddle Tunes, Commercial and Informal Recordings, 1920–2018 (University Press of Mississippi).
tom rankin is professor of the practice of art at Duke University, where he directs the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. For fifteen years he was director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. Among his books are Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993); Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre: Photographs of a River Life (1995); and One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia (2013). With his wife Jill McCorkle, he has a forthcoming book, Goat Light: Home in Words and Pictures.
alan shapiro's new collection of poetry, Against Translation, was published in 2019 by University of Chicago Press.
elaine mcmillion sheldon is an Academy Award–nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award–winning documentary filmmaker based in Appalachia. She is the director of two Netflix Original Documentaries—Heroin(e) and Recovery Boys—that explore America's opioid crisis. She was named a USA Fellow by United States Artists, and one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine.
kimber thomas is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Alcorn State University, her master's degree in African American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her PhD in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a CLIR postdoctoral fellow in data curation for African American studies at UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries.
natasha trethewey served two terms as the nineteenth Poet Laureate of the United States (2012–2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—Thrall (2012), and Monument: Poems New and Selected (2018). In 2010 she published a book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, the Academy of American Poets, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. A fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Trethewey received the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities in 2017. She is currently Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. Her memoir, Memorial Drive, will be published in 2020.
joanna welborn is a photographer from Durham, North Carolina...