Charline R. McCord has taught at various colleges in the South, has published essays in the Southern Quarterly and Mississippi Quarterly, and has contributed essays to a number of books about Southern writers. She is Associate Director of PIRE's Southeast Center for Application of Prevention Technologies.
Kaye Gibbons was born in Nash County, North Carolina and attended Rocky Mount Senior High School, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her first novel, Ellen Foster, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction of the American Academy and Institute of the Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and was recently awarded the PEN/Revson Fellowship for A Cure for Dreams. She is writer-in-residence at the Library of North Carolina State University. She and her husband, Michael, and their three daughters Mary, Leslie and Louise, live in Raleigh.
Judy H. Tucker has had three of her plays produced, has published in Mississippi Magazine, and has served as editor on four previous books with artist Wyatt Waters.
Wyatt Waters is widely known for his vibrant renditions of Southern culture. His works have been featured in Art and Antiques, American Artist, Watercolor, and Mississippi Magazine. His paintings are held in some of the largest private and corporate collections.