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Mark Klinedinst, editor

Dr. Klinedinst is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his doctorate from Cornell University in 1987. He has worked on national and international projects with funding from groups such as the National Science Foundation, World Bank, Filene Research Institute, United Nations and the International Labor Organization and acts as a reviewer for a number of economics journals. He has published in the European Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Issues and a number of other outlets. He has taught money and banking, macroeconomics, economic development and related courses. He is a founder of the Hattiesburg Downtown Farmers Market and is President of the Pine Belt Chapter of the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi.

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Music. She resides in the U.S. Virgin Islands, teaching the art of meditation and speaking publicly on the topic. Lauren is a musician focusing on Hindustani and Qawwali music while simultaneously examining its ethnomusicological aspects. Qawwali music is the devotional music of the Chishti Sufis (the mystics of Islam); these studies have led her on a musical journey to shrines through northern India, submersing her in the culture of the music; allowing her to experience and observe the deep devotional practices that correspond with this art form. 

Michael Marks

Michael Marks is a former America’s Outstanding Teacher of the Performing Arts. As instructor of theatre for over 20 years at Hattiesburg High School, he directed over 50 productions including The Wiz, which played at The International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Under his direction, Music Theatre International selected HHS as America’s Best High School Performing Arts Department. As a playwright, he won critical acclaim for his national docudrama The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, which toured the continental United States and enjoyed a command performance for Congress at Washington D.C.’s historic Warner Theatre. The show is currently in revival for the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (TheKatrinaProject.com). A Speech Communication and Public Relations graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, he is Historia Films’ Local Casting Director for The Hollow and Chair of the Leaf Scholarship Foundation.

Coral Pogue

Coral Pogue is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Economics. Originally from Florida’s Emerald Coast she now lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is a frequent foster parent of local shelter animals. Coral is the development director for lowernine.org, a non-profit organization that rebuilds homes for pre-Katrina residents in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

Betty Press 

Betty Press is a fine art photographer. She is well known for her photographs taken Africa where she lived and traveled for many years. In 2003 she started teaching photography at the University of Southern Mississippi. Now living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi she has a new project using toy and old cameras about living in Mississippi.

Her photographs have been widely exhibited and collected as well as selected for many juried competitions. In 2011 she published an award winning photobook I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb. She captured a stunning, life-affirming portrait of the African people and culture. In 2012 she received a statewide award in photography, from the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters and in 2013 a Mississippi Visual Artist Grant.

She is represented by Panos Pictures, London; Photographic Image Group, Portland, Oregon; International Visions, Washington, DC; Fischer Galleries, Jackson, Mississippi; One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi.

David Reynolds

David Reynolds is a facility management consultant based in Jackson, Mississippi.  His background is in systems engineering, project management and consulting, serving a variety of commercial and NGO clients and industries.  He holds degrees in science, engineering, and allied health areas.  David is a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Consulting and Environmental Health and Safety Councils. His projects engage people, processes, and technology in the built environment.  His pro bono work concerns safe and healthy housing, workplace safety, and environmental health.  David served in the United States Coast Guard.

Linda VanZandt

Linda VanZandt is an oral historian and founder of Sound Seed Productions. Formerly she was managing editor and special projects director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi where she co-directed the Hurricane Katrina Oral History Project and co-produced Surviving Katrina: Lost and Found in Mississippi and Mississippi Moments. She received the Special Recognition Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council in 2011 for her work with Vietnamese American communities of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She lives in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

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