RUBY TERRILL LOMAX assisted her husband, John A. Lomax, on many of his trips gathering folk songs. She has a keen appreciation for many aspects of Negro life.
Two installments of JOHN A. LOMAX'S forthcoming biography, Adventures of a Ballad Hunter, have appeared in the Southwest Review. His article on “Sinkiller Griffin” will also make a vivid chapter in that biography.
RUBY PICKENS TARTT has probably helped more folklorists get to the real Alabama Negro than any other person. Several of her penetrating stories about Negroes have appeared in the Southwest Review.
ALICE MARRIOT portrays the Indians of Oklahoma in a convincing manner because she lived with them for years and knows them from the inside. She probably understands the intimate life of the Oklahoma Indian better than anyone.
ETTA PARKS, one of the winners of the writing contest sponsored last year for the University of Texas students, knows her Brazos-bottom Negroes because she has lived along with them.
MODY BOATRIGHT, Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas, is an authority on tall tales. A new edition of his book, Tall Tales From Texas Cow Camps, will be published this fall by the University Press in Dallas.
DONALD DAY is editor of the Southwest Review.
HENRY B. YELVINGTON, former newspaper man and foreign correspondent, author of Ghost Lore and other books, died in San Marcos on February 27. He dictated the legend of the Tengo Frío Bird from his sick bed.
W. A. WHATLEY is now doing research and editorial work for the Department of History in the University of Texas. He has studied and taught in various other universities, including Ohio State, Chicago, and Pennsylvania, where he went in 1931-32 as Harrison Fellow in Romanic Languages. More important, he lived sixteen years on a ranch in Chihuahua, where he met Pancho Villa and a great many vaqueros.
JAMES WINFREY'S interest in the lore of the folk began in 1927, when he took a course in English under J. Frank Dobie. Now a petroleum engineer for a major oil company in the Gulf Coast region, he keeps his ears open and records what he hears.
ERNEST SPECK spent ten years of his childhood in Chicago and then returned to his native Llano, where he graduated from high school. For two years he lived in France working in the Paris office of International News Service and writing movie criticism for Variety. He is now a graduate student and research assistant in the University of Texas.
DUNNY SIMS is a native of Paint Rock, Texas, where as a youngster he worked on the ranches of his father and grandfather. After studying engineering a year at Texas Technological College, he entered Texas Christian University to prepare for the ministry. He is now pastor of the First Christian Church at Dumas, Texas.
ROY SCUDDAY, now an officer in the United States Navy, grew up at Sweetwater, the locale of his tale, and attended the University of Texas.
O. W. NOLEN, a native Texan, a former cowboy, a registered pharmacist and a Baptist minister, is also a justice of peace and free-lance writer. He represents the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Associated Press in Odem. He is working on a book full of anecdotes and characters and containing such chapters as “Stretching the Blanket” and “Rattlesnakes and Gila Monsters.”
MAE FEATHERSTONE, a graduate of the University of Texas, has long manifested a keen interest in the lore and culture of her community, Mills county. She contributed “Silver Dreams and Copper Plates” to Straight Texas and “The Snap Party in Mills County” to Coyote Wisdom.
EDWARD S. SEARS was educated in the Boston public schools, in Harvard University, and in Europe on a traveling fellowship in Romance languages. He then worked as foreign correspondent for various newspapers, including the New York Herald and the London Daily Mail. He has written numerous feature articles and short stories. From 1938 to 1942 he supervised the translation of the Spanish Archives in San Antonio. It was while engaged in this work that he began seeking out the impressive array of documents which gave him the low-down on James Bowie.
J. FRANK DOBIE has spent the past year teaching at Cambridge University.
As President of The Byliners, DEE WOODS was, to a great extent, responsible for the recent Southwest Writers Conference in Corpus Christi.
MYRTLE SLOAN LAND was born and has lived most of her life among the people that she so well describes in “Old Newt the Practical Joker.”
From down Winkler way, CHARLIE JEFFRIES has been writing his interesting little sketches for a long time. Among other publications, his work has appeared in The Southwest Review.
HORTENSE WARNER WARD has spent years gathering material on the Corpus Christi country.