Ellis Anderson is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer living on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. After riding out Katrina in her town of Bay St. Louis, she began blogging about her astonishing experience and then detailed the bizarre life of the community for the next three years. Some of the essays from the blog are included in her new book, Under Surge, Under Siege, the Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina, published by University Press of Mississippi in June. The book features over 50 photographs by Anderson and Joe Tomasovsky, with cover art by H.C. Porter.
Adam Davenport is a native of Vicksburg. He graduated with a BFA in painting from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2000. In 1998, Davenport painted the official portrait of Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice that hangs in the state capital in Jackson. Becoming known as a Portrait painter at this time led into a career that has lasted since. Hurricane Katrina became a subject that has grown into more than 40 paintings over the past three years. These paintings capture the human condition thru the severity of the disaster in landscapes and portraits. Davenport currently resides in Ruston painting portraits and displaying his work across the south.
Melody Golding is an acclaimed Vicksburg based photographer, author and artist. Her Hurricane Katrina photographic collection has been acquired by The Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History Archives Center Collection and for the first time since 1910, has acquired this work about Mississippi by a Mississippian. It is also the Smithsonian’
Gary K. Mayfield, Ph.D. is the Department Chair of Sociology and Social Work and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work at Mississippi College. He received a B.A. in Sociology, Louisiana College; M.A. in Sociology, Stephen F. Austin State University; M.Div. in Psychology and Counseling, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; A graduate certificate in Gerontology and M.S.W. in Health Domain within an Administrative Track, University of Georgia; Ph.D. in Sociology, Emory University.
Toni Orrill is a poet and author from New Orleans. A graduate of Tulane University, she has been a strategist, media consultant and advertising executive before writing full-time. It was during a transformative summer 2005 that she uncovered her proseful style, capturing an experience of emotional loss with a spiritually provocative voice. Her ability to sense the subtleties of physical, spiritual and human nature in a deep and relevant way is what makes her work compelling and soul-satisfying. The Broken Fall: A Katrina Collection was published in 2009.
H.C. Porter is Mississippi's premier social realist and cultural storyteller. She is known for her environmental paintings capturing everyday moments in the lives of Mississippians from the Delta to inner city neighborhoods. In September 2005, just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina landed full force along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the focus of her work shifted to telling the visual stories of those putting their lives back together in the coastal communities of her home state. Porter's eighty-one paintings were combined with audio of the painting’s subjects in an extraordinary merger of art, history, and humanity, and unveiled in the form of a traveling exhibition entitled Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories - The First Year After Katrina. In 2008 the book, Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories, was released. Her signature gallery is located in Vicksburg, MS.
Stephen Wilkinson graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Meteorology and started working with the National Weather Service (NWS) in 1993. He was a General Forecaster for the NWS near Cincinnati, Ohio and a Lead Forecaster in Charleston, SC for around 5 years each. He is now the Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Jackson, MS. His job is to promote severe weather preparedness through working with Emergency Managers, the media, and the general public.
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The SCHF, a non-profit organization, maintains the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. The Center offers cultural, educational and artistic enrichment for the community. The Center is a Mississippi Landmark property and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.