I grew up in small-town Georgia (about an hour's drive from Flannery
O'Connor's Milledgeville and Alice Walker's Eatonton), which is probably
why I decided to specialize in Southern literature.
Reading Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, and Walker is, for me, reading about
people and situations I know. There is almost nothing I would rather do
than talk with students about Southern literature. Everytime I teach
Faulkner I take students to Oxford, Mississippi,
so they can see Yoknpatawpha for themselves.
In addition to teaching, I am a photographer. My work have been exibited
both nationally and internationally. Right now, I'm working on a book of
photographs titled WITH ANIMALS which will
be published in 2015.