Southern Cultures

Edited by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Chapel Hill and Regina N. Bradley, Kennesaw State University


Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 29, 2023

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.

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Marcie Cohen Ferris and Regina N. Bradley

Executive Editor

Ayşe Erginer

Deputy Editor & Art Director

Emily Wallace

Managing Editor

Annie Lubinsky

Associate Editors

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

Spring 2023: Disability


To Build for the Future
by Charles L. Hughes

Intimacies of Sound and Skin at Carville
by Adria L. Imada

Upbeat Down South

“Up on Cripple Creek”
Limb Loss, Difference, and Disability Spectacle in Southern Roots Music
by Simon Buck

“You Know Who I Am?
I’m Mr. John Paul’s Boy”
by Keri Watson

Lines Drawn

Drawing All Over Again
Remembering Patrick Dean
by Robert Newsome

Southern Voices

“The blues look like me”
Leroy F. Moore Jr. in conversation with Charles L. Hughes

Curiously Cured by Sterilization
Charles Carrington and the Sterilization of
African American Men in Virginia, 1902–1910
by Shelby Pumphrey

Not Forgotten

Wade Taylor
A Family Haunting
by R. Larkin Taylor-Parker

Back Porch
by Marcie Cohen Ferris

Mason-Dixon Lines

What We Be
poetry by Camisha L. Jones

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