Ed Southern

Ed Southern

THINK. SEE. FEEL.

The North Carolina Humanities Council marks its 40th anniversary in 2012. To celebrate that milestone, every month we will ask friends and partners to respond, within the context of the humanities, to these three single-word prompts:

THINK. SEE. FEEL.

To participate in THINK.SEE. FEEL., contact Donovan McKnight.

February 2012 - Ed Southern

THINK. SEE. FEEL.

We move so fast and so much. We tweet, we text, we download. We react, we look, we judge. Sometimes, though, some words, or an image, some chords strung together, grab us, and we don't want them to let us go. We ponder, but not idly. We see, with intent to really see. We feel so much it lasts.

About Ed Southern:

Ed Southern is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Wake Forest University. His first two books were part of John F. Blair, Publisher’s “Real Voices, Real History” TM series. The Jamestown Adventure: Accounts of the Virginia Colony, 1605-1614, published in 2004, was a collection of contemporary accounts of the first permanent English colony in America. Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas, released in 2009, told the story of the tide-turning Southern Campaign through the words of those who lived and fought their way through that tumult. He is also editor of the anthology Sports in the Carolinas: From Death Valley to Tobacco Road, which combines personal essays and informative articles to examine why sports mean so much to so many in the Carolinas.

Southern’s first work of fiction, Parlous Angels, came out in the fall of 2009. Lee Smith described it as “(c)arefully written, with the best dialogue I’ve read in years, these terrific and utterly original stories are made to last—like a stone pathway or a brick wall.” Southern has been executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network since January 2008, after more than eight years with John F. Blair, Publisher. He lives in Winston-Salem.