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CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, Volume Three
Deadline: June 30, 2005

CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual is a new publication dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and artistic appreciation of the South (broadly defined) and Southern culture. Published as an annual book by Mercer University Press, CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual will continue the editorial approach of CrossRoads: A Journal of Southern Culture, a semi-legendary periodical originally published in the early 1990s by a dedicated group of graduate students affiliated with the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The original periodical version of CrossRoads featured previously unpublished material by many of the leading scholars and artists committed to interpreting and celebrating the South, including Rob Amberg, A. R. Ammons, Mary Ulmer Chiltosky, Jim Clark, James Dickey, Robert Drake, William Ferris, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Wayne Flynt, Ernest Gaines, David Galef, Eugene Genovese, Kathryn Gurkin, Alex Haley, Fred Hobson, David Huddle, Patricia Spears Jones, Jack Temple Kirby, Jeff Daniel Marion, Ed McClanahan, Walter McDonald, Ethelbert Miller, Robert
Morgan, Marilyn Nance, Tom Rankin, John Shelton Reed, Sheryl St. Germain, Jon Michael Spencer, Joel Williamson, and Steve Young.

The first volume of CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, published in June 2004, offers new work by such scholars and artists as Kimberly Greene Angle, Brooks Blevins, Henry A. Buchanan, James E. Cherry, Mariea Caudill Dennison, G. Wayne Dowdy, Jo Angela Edwins, Bart Galloway, Allean Hale, M. Thomas Inge, Dorothy Hampton Marcus, Robert Morgan, Mendi Lewis Obadike, James A. Perkins, Ron Rash, Randy Rudder, Jean-Mark Sens, Charles D. Thompson Jr., Jaclyn Weldon White, and Brenda Witchger. The second volume of CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, to be published by Mercer University Press in the summer of 2005, will similarly feature fascinating, accessible scholarly works that explore a wide range of topics (including Southern literature, music, food, and "sense of place") and that elucidate Southern perspectives on religion, politics, race, ethnicity, gender, education, and regional identity. As in Volume One, Volume Two of CrossRoads will contain new, compelling
creative works by a number of leading writers and visual artists from the South.

To order copies of the first and/or second volumes of CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, please contact Mercer University Press via phone (toll free) at 800-637-2378, ext. 2880 or 800-342-0841, ext. 2880 (in GA), or via email at  


CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual is currently seeking submissions for its third volume. These submissions can include-but are not limited to-analytical academic essays, oral histories, memoirs, profile essays, photo essays, creative writing, and artwork. The main criteria ensuring consideration are that all submitted materials should (to borrow Faulkner's famous phrase) "tell about the South" and that they should do so memorably.

To have your work considered for the third volume of CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, you may send materials postmarked before June 30, 2005, to:

Ted Olson, Editor
CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual
ETSU, Box 70400
Johnson City, TN 37614

Please include disposable copies of manuscripts. Submissions will not be returned. Should you have any questions, you may contact the editor:

423-439-4379 (tel)
423-439-4126 (fax)  or