Will Brantley is a Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches southern literature, film studies, and professional writing. He is the author of Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty, Hellman, Porter, and Hurston, which received the Eudora Welty Award for an interpretive work of scholarship in modern letters (1993). He is the editor of Conversations with Pauline Kael (1996) and co-editor of Conversations with Edmund White (2017). His essay, “Carson and Tennessee: The Politics of a Literary Friendship,” is forthcoming. Other recent scholarship focuses on letters by southern women writers with essays in The Oxford Handbook to the Literature of the U.S. South (2016) and the Modern Language Association’s Approaches to Teaching the Works of Flannery O’Connor (2019).