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  • Contributors

jeremiah ariaz is the recipient of numerous awards and his photographs have been exhibited internationally. Louisiana Trail Riders (University of Louisiana Press, 2018) bridges Ariaz's long-standing interest in the American West and his current home in the South, where he is a professor at Louisiana State University. For more, visit

anne branigin is a journalist and essayist. She works as a reporter for The Lily, the Washington Post's publication centering on women's stories. Previously, she was a staff writer at The Root, covering politics, social justice movements, health, and the environment through the lens of race and equity.

nickole brown is the author of Sister and Fanny Says. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she volunteers at two different animal sanctuaries. To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of poems about these animals, won the 2018 Rattle Prize, and her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.

madison w. cates is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida and an adjunct instructor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida. His essay in this issue draws from his larger research on race, environmentalism, and land loss in the modern South.

jeffery u. darensbourg is a Louisiana Creole and a member of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation. A 2020 resident at Tulane University's A Studio in the Woods, his work is featured in the film Hoktiwe: Two Poems in Ishakkoy, made with Fernando López and commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.

glenda elizabeth gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History Emerita at Yale University. She coauthored, with Thomas J. Sugrue, These United States: A Nation in the Making, 1890 to the Present. Previous works include Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896–1920 and Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919–1950. She is completing Romare Bearden and the Homeland of His Imagination, to be published by UNC Press.

joshua b. guild is associate professor of history and African American studies at Princeton University. He is working on a book about Black activism and struggles for racial and economic justice in New Orleans from the mid-twentieth century to the present.

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Illustration by Carmen Price.

andy horowitz is assistant professor of history and the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor in the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University. He is the author of Katrina: A History, 1915–2015 (Harvard University Press, 2020) and coeditor of Critical Disaster Studies (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021).

justin hosbey is assistant professor of anthropology at Emory University. His research explores the cultural and political economy of race and racism in the US Gulf Coast and Mississippi Delta. His current project explores how neoliberal post-Katrina social reforms have fractured, but not severed, Black space- and place-making in New Orleans.

j. t. roane, a native of Tappahannock, Virginia, is assistant professor of African and African American studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, where he also leads the Black Ecologies Initiative at the Institute for Humanities Research. Roane is also a 2020–2021 fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

lisa sorg is an award-winning journalist and environmental reporter for NC Policy Watch, a statewide digital media outlet. She discovered her love of nature as a child in rural Indiana, where she grew up in a nineteen-acre woods, surrounded by cornfields.

will warasila is a photographer and North Carolina native. He received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and an MFA in experimental documentary arts from Duke University. His photographs have appeared in the Oxford American, New Yorker, and New York Times, among other publications.

anna zeide is associate professor of history and director of the food studies program at Virginia Tech. Her first book, Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry (University...