Nina Baym received a Ph.D. at Harvard and is Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor Emerita of English and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of The Shape of Hawthorne’s Career; Woman’s Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and About Women in America, 1820–1870; Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America; American Women Writers and the Work of History, 1790–1860; American Women of Letters and the Nineteenth-Century Sciences and most recently, Women Writers of the American West, 1833–1927. 

Bert Hitchcock is Hargis Professor Emeritus of American Literature, Auburn University, where he also served as English Department Head.  He has degrees from Auburn University, the University of Oregon, and Duke University.   He has spent three decades of teaching, research and publication in American literature, particularly nineteenth-century American literature and the literature of the American South.

Susan Reynolds is the associate editor for Alabama Heritage magazine. She completed a Ph.D. in English in December 2012 at the University of Alabama and also has a masters degree in library science. She continues to research Augusta Evans Wilson and other nineteenth-century authors (both American and British) and will publish a chapter about Wilson in an upcoming book about Alabama women.

Diane Roberts received her Ph.D. at Oxford University and teaches at Florida State University specializing in Southern culture.   She is also a journalist, a political columnist for The St. Petersburg Times and makes documentaries for BBC Radio in London, where she also spends part of the year. She has been a commentator for NPR since 1993.   Books include Faulkner and Southern Womanhood and The Myth of Aunt Jemima and her latest, Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, BananaiRepublicans, and other Florida Wildlife .

Rebecca Sexton earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967, an M.A. in English from Florida State University in 1970, and a Ph.D., with a specialty in nineteenth-century American literature, from the University of Georgia in 1999. In 2002, her book,  A Southern Woman of Letters: The Correspondence of Augusta Jane Evans Wilson,  was published by the University of South Carolina Press.   She teaches writing and literature classes at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

John Sledge is an architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission and was Books editor for the Mobile Press-Register for 17 years. Together with Grand Bay Photographer Sheila Hagler, he is the author of three books on Mobile architecture: Cities of Silence, An Ornament to the City and The Pillared City. His book, Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart (University of South Carolina Press) came out in April. 2013.