2014 Participants

Lindsey D. Alexander is a writer based in Indiana. She earned her MFA in poetry from Purdue, where she's taught creative writing. Her work has been published in Crazyhorse, Colorado Review and Forklift, Ohio, among other magazines. For more, check out her website at ldalexander.com.

Alison Arant is an Assistant Professor of English at Wagner College on Staten Island in NYC. She received her PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2012. Her research interests include representations of bodies, disease and disability and race and reproduction studies. Her work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and Southern Literary Journal.

Rhonda Armstrong is an Associate Professor of English at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, specializing in twentieth century American and Southern literatures. Her PhD is in American Studies, from Saint Louis University.

Eric Bennett is an Associate Professor of English at Providence College in Rhode Island. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa. A novel, A Big Enough Lie, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly.

Gina Caison is in her second year as an assistant professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta where she teaches courses in southern literature, Native American literatures (particularly of the South) and documentary film.

Jordan Cofer is an associate professor and head of the department of Literature and Languages at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He is also the author of the recently released The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor and serves as a peer referee for The Flannery O’Connor Review. Aside from O’Connor, he has previously published on figures such as Jean Toomer, Franz Kafka and JD Salinger. And though they are oddly paradoxical, his hobbies include running and drinking/brewing craft beer.

Christine Flanagan is an Associate Professor of English at University of the Sciences (Philadelphia). She holds an MFA in fiction from Emerson College.

Bruce Henderson is Professor of Communication Studies at Ithaca College. He is co-author (with Carol Simpson Stern) of Performance: Texts and Contexts (Longman) and Learning to Perform (Northwestern University Press). He is the current editor of Disability Studies Quarterly.

Marie Lathers is Treuhaft Professor of French and Humanities at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She has published on 19th century French literature and art, Francophone literature, women's studies, and American popular film. She is writing a novel that takes place largely in Georgia, and working on a study of swamp films.

Monica Miller is currently a PhD student in English and Women's & Gender Studies at LSU; she will be defending her dissertation, "Lopsided, Scarred and Squint-Eyed: Ugly Women in the Work of Southern Women Writers" in June. This fall, she will be a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech.

Cassandra Nelson is an independent scholar and writer living in Brooklyn. She holds a PhD in English from Harvard University and an MA in Editorial Studies from the Editorial Institute at Boston University. Her scholarly writing has appeared in Literary Imagination, Essays in Criticism, Notes and Queries and First Things and her edition of Samuel Beckett's More Pricks than Kicks was published by Faber and Faber in 2010.

George Piggford teaches as an Associate Professor of English at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. He holds a PhD from the University of Montreal and an M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame.

James Potts received his MA at Central Florida in 1996 and his PhD from University of South Carolina in 2001 and is a professor at Mississippi College.

Carol Loeb Shloss is Consulting Professor of English at Stanford University, presently a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Flannery O'Connor's Dark Comedies: The Limits of Inference.

Jimmy Dean Smith’s PhD (University of South Carolina) is in Twentieth Century British Literature with a focus on Religion and Literature. He chairs the Department of English and directs the Honors Program at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. He has published on George Orwell, T.S. Eliot, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Ron Rash, John Fox, Jr., Loretta Lynn, John Sayles, antiperspirants and the iconography of the Vietnam Wall. He has also directed around thirty undergraduate research projects in the last ten years.

Alison Staudinger is an Assistant Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She teaches courses on gender, law and political theory, with particular focus on the intersection of gender and class through labor and its division. She earned her Ph.D. in 2013 in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. Her interest in Flannery O’Connor stems from this overlooked spot, as O’Conner’s characters pose an implied challenge to many theories of democracy and their roots in secular liberalism.       

Daniel Train is a postdoctoral scholar for the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He has PhD in English with a concentration in Religion and Literature from Baylor University. He is currently finishing up a book on violence and the shaping of the readerly imagination in Flannery O’Connor.

Colleen Warren is a full professor of English at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where she teaches freshman composition, American literature survey and all the American periodization classes. Her MA and PhD were both received at the University of Florida, where she specialized in Southern writers. She is the author of Annie Dillard and the Word Made Flesh: An Incarnational Theory of Language.

Susan B. Whatley completed her undergrad at Georgia College and studied under Sarah Gordon; her masters is in rhet/comp and creative writing from Northeast Louisiana University, and her PhD (dissertation on O'Connor and the culture of mother blame) is from Texas A&M. She has been teaching at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas for fifteen years. She is married with three children and three grandchildren as well.

Rachel Watson received her PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Her current project considers how crime science influenced the politics and aesthetics of twentieth-century American literature. Her work has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Obsidian and the edited collection Faulkner and Mystery.