Carol Loeb Shloss, former Acting Professor of English at Stanford University, has written widely and variously about literary modernism. The author of one of the first books about Flannery O’Connor, she is returning to the field after award winning works on the families of James Joyce and Ezra Pound. Changing her focus from fathers and daughters to mothers and daughters, her current book is called Flannery and Regina: The Andalusia Chronicles.
Farrell O’Gorman is Professor of English at Belmont Abbey College and taught previously at Mississippi State University and DePaul University. He is the author of two monographs: Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction (2004) and Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination (2017). He has spoken on O’Connor at a variety of regional and national events, at conferences in France and Italy, and at the 2014 O’Connor conference in Ireland, for which he served on the organizing committee.
Christina Bieber Lake is the Clyde S. Kilby professor of English at Wheaton College where she teaches classes in American literature and literary theory. Lake has authored several essays on Flannery O’Connor as well as a monograph entitled The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor (Mercer UP, 2005). Her most recent book, Beyond the Story: American Fiction and the Limits of Materialism, argues that contemporary American storytelling is an act of love for persons that inherently resists scientific naturalism’s account of human experience.
Thomas F. Haddox is professor of English at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of Fears and Fascinations: Representing Catholicism in the American South (Fordham University Press, 2005) and of Hard Sayings: The Rhetoric of Christian Orthodoxy in Late Modern Fiction (Ohio State University Press, 2013), and he is also the coeditor, with Allen Dunn, of The Limits of Literary Historicism (University of Tennessee Press, 2011). He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Flannery O’Connor Review since 2018.
A native of New Orleans, Dr. Thadious M. Davis has focused on the American South and its literary production throughout her career. Her interdisciplinary scholarship on race, gender, and region with attention to history, law, and geography received the 2020 Richard Beale Davis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Studies from The Society for the Study of Southern Literature.
Dr. John Wharton Lowe is Barbara Methvin Distinguished Professor of Southern Literature at the University of Georgia. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature, which won the C. Hugh Holman Award. His edited volume, Black Hibiscus: African Americans and the Florida Imaginary will appear in 2023. He has published extensively on American humor, and is the author of Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston’s Cosmic Comedy. Lowe has served as President of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature; the Southern American Studies Association; and the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), which awarded him the MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to ethnic studies. He is currently writing the authorized biography of Ernest J. Gaines.