Southern Cultures

Edited by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Chapel Hill, and Tom Rankin, UNC Chapel Hill


Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 27, 2021

Size: 7” x 10”, average length 160 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: Print 1068-8218; Digital 1543-1488


UNC Press joins with the UNC Center for the Study of the American South in publishing Southern Cultures. Founded by John Shelton Reed, this award-winning journal explores the history, politics, folklore, literature, and art of the South. Each issue includes articles and essays; reviews of books, museum exhibitions, films, and sound recordings; and regular features, such as “South Polls,” which present public opinion polls on topics of regional interest. For more information, visit the Southern Cultures website.

Malinda Maynor Lowery is an associate professor in the Department of History and is director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Marcie Cohen Ferris is associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Marcie Cohen Ferris and Tom Rankin

Executive Editor

Ayşe Erginer

Deputy Editor & Art Director

Emily Wallace

Managing Editor

Emma Calabrese

Associate Editor

Katharine Henry

Editorial Fellow

Irene Newman

Media & Production

Ashley Melzer

Poetry Editors

Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Destiny Hemphill

Music Editor

Aaron Smithers

Founding Editors

John Shelton Reed and Harry Watson

Table of Contents

Fall 2021: The Abolitionist South

Guest Editors: T. Dionne Bailey and Garrett Felber

Front Porch
by Marcie Cohen Ferris


Until There Is Victory
by T. Dionne Bailey and Garrett Felber

Not Forgotten

The Radical Yes
A Constellation of Mutual Aid Projects in Charlottesville
by Lyndsey Beutin, with Cherry Henley, B. Esi Okesanya, and Sally Williamson


Locked in Dark Calm
by Tameca Cole

Photo Essay

Looking for Abolition
by Tiffany E. Barber and Adrian L. Burrell


The System I Imagine
by Antonio Rosa

Southern Voices

The Life in This Movement
Jared Ware in conversation with Maurice Smith of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

Riot and Reclamation
Black Women, Prison Labor, and Resistive Desires
by Micah Khater


Texas Prisons
A Million Unanswered Questions
by Britney Gulley

Food, Punishment, and the Angola Three’s Struggle for Freedom, 1971–2019
by Gabrielle Corona

Amnesty for All
Organizing against Criminalization in Post-Katrina New Orleans
by Lydia Pelot-Hobbs


Incarceration Is Spiritual Death
by Antoine M. Lipscomb

Keep the South Dirty and Our Needles Clean
by Laura McTighe, with Catherine Haywood, Deon Haywood, and Danita Muse of Women With A Vision


Stand Strong, Stand Long
by Loretta Pierre

Mason-Dixon Lines

the portal appears
poetry by Destiny Hemphill
introduced by Gabrielle Calvocoressi


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