Alexandra DeSiato is co-author of Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses. She leads yoga workshops nationally and holds a Master’s in English Literature from Appalachian State University.
Rebecca Erbelding is the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe. A recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material, she holds a PhD in American History from George Mason University. Erbelding serves as a historian, curator, and archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Frye Gaillard is the author of A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost. He has written widely on topics related to the American South, and his articles have appeared in The Washington Post, the Oxford American, and The Journal of American History.
Cathryn Hankla is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Galaxies and Great Bear. She is also the author of the memoir Lost Places. Hankla teaches in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, where she chairs the English Department.
Brian Lampkin is an owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro and a writer/performer with the band The Difficulties. His first book is The Tarboro Three.
Heath Hardage Lee is an author who has worked in both curation and education for history museums. She has won the Colonial Dames of America Annual Book Award and the Gold Medal for Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her most recent book is The League of Wives.
Matt & Ted Lee co-host “Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros” on Ovation network and were commentators on the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats.” They contribute to the magazines Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Garden & Gun, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Southern Living. Their newest book is Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business.
Robert W. Lee IV is a preacher, speaker, and decedent of General Robert E. Lee. He has preached at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and Harvard University’s Memorial Church, among others. He holds a Master’s of Theological Studies from Duke University. He is the author of the memoir A Sin by Any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South.
Meredith McCarroll co-edited Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy. Her work has been published in The Bitter Southerner, Avidly, Southern Cultures, and The Guardian. She is the Director of Writing and Rhetoric at Bowdoin College, where she teaches composition, rhetoric, Southern and American literature, and film.
Adam Parker is the author of Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr. He taught journalism at the College of Charleston and writes for The Post and Courier.
Sage Rountree is recognized as an international authority on yoga for athletes. She is the co-author of several books on yoga, including Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Runner’s World, Yoga Journal, and Endurance Magazine.
Cleveland Sellers, Jr., is the subject of the biography Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr. During the Civil Rights Movement, Sellers helped lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was the only person convicted and jailed in the aftermath of the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, in which three students were killed by South Carolina highway patrol officers. Sellers is the former Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina.
Susan Hand Shetterly is the author of Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge and Settled in the Wild. Her essays have appeared in Down East, Yankee, and Audubon. She is the recipient of the Maine Literary Award for Best Nonfiction and a fellowship from the NEA.
Astra Taylor is the author of Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone and The People’s Platform. She is a recipient of the American Book Award and her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Baffler. As a documentarian, she has directed Examined Life! and What Is Democracy?
Rick Van Noy has written multiple books on the Southern environment, the most recent of which is Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South. He is a recipient of the Reed Environmental Writing Award and is a Professor of English at Radford University.