The Green Room, Autumn 2002
Staige D. Blackford
Ever since the days of Atlanta editor, Henry Grady, in the late 19th century, a "New South" has been proclaimed just about every time a Southern newspaper reporter is promoted to columnist. But the "New South" is likely to be replaced by the "Global South" in the 21st century as the region becomes a key participant in the U.S. economy's move toward globalization. That is the subject of James L. Peacock's VQR essay this autumn. Mr. Peacock is Kenan Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in psychology from Duke University and his Ph. D. in social anthropology from Harvard. His field work includes studies of proletarian culture in Indonesia, and of Primitive Baptists in Virginia's and North Carolina's Appalachian region. In addition to his academic work, Mr. Peacock has served as chairman of the Anthropology Department at North Carolina and as chair of the faculty. In 1995, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and earlier served as president of the American Anthropological Association from 1993 to 1995.
That inveterate traveler, Russell Fraser— a veritable American Jan Morris—has previously described in VQR his visits to Sicily (autumn 1994), France (summer 1997), Antarctic (winter 1999), China (spring 2000), and Scotland (Winter 2002). Now, he has taken to the exotic Silk Road which once ran from China across Asia into the Middle East and thence, to Rome. Mr. Fraser confined himself largely to the eastern section of the road and did not go all the way to Europe. But he presents a portrait of a land strange and beautiful that most Americans have never seen. The travel-loving scholar is now completing a book to be called In This Best of Possible Worlds reporting on the trips he has taken to various parts of the globe. He is the author of 16 previously published books and the emeritus Austin Warren Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.
Philip Gould is making his third appearance in the VQR since 1999 beginning with a memoir, followed by a short story in the autumn 2001 issue. He is the author of two novels published by Algonquin and in the past three years, his fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review and The Texas Review, and a second memoir in the Richmond arts magazine 64. A retired U.S.I.S. officer, he and his wife make their home in Charlottesville, VA.
As her essay attests, Helen Barolini is a lover of Italy. She was a recent Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome where she completed work on a manuscript about American women in Italy of whom Margaret Fuller was among the more notable. Her most recent publication is More Italian Hours, and Other Stories published by Bordighera Press in 2001.
Patrick Donnelly published a poem "Baba" in a previous issue of VQR and his poetry continues to appear in other journals.
Daniel Tobin was co-winner of the Katherine Nason Bakeless Prize for his book of poems, Where the World Is Made published by the University Press of New England in 1999. A book of criticism, Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney was published by Kentucky that same year. He is the new chair of the Department of Literature and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston.
Jim Daniels teaches at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is the author of several collections, including M-80 (University of Pittsburgh Press) and Niagara Falls (Adastra Press).
Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of the poetry collection, World as Dictionary (Carnegie-Mellon University Press) and Space (Algonquin/Penguin), a memoir about growing up in Florida during the moon race. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, where she directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.
Michael Chitwood lives in Chapel Hill, NC and has poems forthcoming or in The New Republic, The Ohio Review, Field, Threepenny Review, and other magazines.
Robert Wrigley's VQR poems are from his sixth collection, Lives of the Animals due out from Penguin Putnam in October 2003.
David Musgrove's poems have appeared in The Alabama Literary Review, Steelhead Special, Lynx Eye, and The Atlantic Review. The Alabama Literary Review published his first book of poetry, The Bear Hunter in 1996.
Ross Taylor has recently printed poems in Situation, Northeast Corridor, 64, Seneca Review, The Southern Review, and other small magazines. He has a story forthcoming in Gargoyle.
Eric Pankey is the author of five collections of poems, the most recent of which, Cenotaph, was published by Knopf. He is a professor of English at George Mason University, where he teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program.
Beauvais McCaddon's story, "The Candy Spoon" which appeared in VQR's autumn 1998 issue was short-listed for the O. Henry Awards: The Best of 1999. Other stories have appeared in Quarterly West, New Stories From the South: The Year's Best 1997, and Micro Fiction (W.W. Norton). She is working on a memoir based on her experience as a dog-and-bird sitter in New York City. As her VQR essay notes, she is a native of Mississippi.
William D. Schaefer's stories have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Witness, Other Voices and elsewhere. He has published three books of non-fiction, most recently Education Without Compromise. He lives on Stagecoach Road in Bell Canyon, CA.
Morris Freedman is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, teaching in the honors program. His books include Confessions of a Conformist, The Moral Impulse: Drama From Ibsen to Ionesco, and American Drama in Social Context. He received his Ph. D. from Columbia.
Norman German is Professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University and fiction editor of Louisiana Literature. His short fiction has appeared in such journals as New Orleans Review, Louisiana Life, The Connecticut Review, and three stories in Sou'Wester, one nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His novels include No Other World, published by Blue Heron Press in 1992 which won first prize in the 1991 Deep South Writer's Contest, judged by Ernest Gaines. Hollywood producer Debra Simon has bought all visual media rights to No Other World, and his unpublished novels A Savage Wisdom and Cripple Bayou Two-Step, a murder mystery.
William Ehrhart recently joined the upper school faculty at the Haverford School in Haverford, PA where he is teaching English and history. His latest book is The Madness of It All: Essays on War, Literature, and American Life, published by McFarland earlier this year, a section of which appeared in VQR under the title essay, "The Madness of It All."
Perez Zagorin, the Joseph C. Wilson Professor Emeritus at the University of Rochester and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recently completed a book on religious dissent and toleration that will be published by Princeton next year. He also is the author of a study of Francis Bacon.
As his VQR essay earlier this year [winter] on "The Greatest Generation?" testified, Paul Duke is a student of World War II. He is also the moderator emeritus of the acclaimed weekly PBS program, Washington Week in Review. He resides in the District of Columbia.
Joseph Blotner is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren and is now writing his memoirs. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Legion of Honor.
George Walsh, formerly editor-in-chief of the general books division of the Macmillan Publishing Company, is the author of the forthcoming "Damage Them All You Can": Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia which Forge Books will publish in November. A native New Yorker, Mr. Walsh and his wife, Joan, live in Brooklyn.
Jeff Kosky received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Williams College, DePaul University and currently teaches at Bucknell University. He is the author of Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion published by Indiana University Press.
Hugh Murray is a free lance writer who lives in Milwaukee, WI and a scholar of the Civil Rights Movement.
Ann Goodwyn Jones observes, thinks, writes, and teaches about Southern culture as a member of the English department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. A fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities during 2000—2001, she returned to V.F.H. in the summer of 2002 to direct an NEH summer seminar for schoolteachers. Her most recent book, co-edited with Susan Donaldson, is Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts (UVA Press 1997).
Everett U. Crosby is a professor of history and Chairman of the Medieval Studies Program at the University of Virginia. He has a B.A. with honors from Yale University and a Ph. D. from Johns Hopkins. His chief field of research is the institutional history of France and England from the 12th to the 18th century, and he is the author of Bishop and Chapter in Twelfth-Century England and The Seventeeth-Century Restoration.
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