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David Wharton: Southern Photographs



David Wharton, since 1999, has been Director of Documentary Studies and an assistant professor of Southern studies in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and he is the author of The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South (George F. Thompson Publishing, 2016) and Small Town South (George F. Thompson Publishing, 2012), which respectively won the 2017 and 2013 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Photography, and The Soul of a Small Texas Town: Photographs, Memories, and History from McDade (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000).


Steve Yarborough was born and raised in Mississippi and currently is a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston. His novels include The Unmade World (Unbridled Books, 2018), winner of the 2019 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, The Realm of Last Chances (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013), Safe from the Neighbors (Alfred A Knopf, 2010), The End of California (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), Prisoner of War (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), which was a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Oxygen Man (MacMurray & Beck, 1999), winner of the 1999 California Book Award, 2000 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Fiction, and 2000 Mississippi Authors Award. In 2010, he also received the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence.


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