blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



Leonard Rogoff, research historian of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina, has written and lectured extensively on the Jewish South. After earning a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, he taught at North Carolina Central University. He was a contributing writer for The Spectator (Raleigh) and The Independent (Durham). He currently edits The Rambler, newsletter of the Southern Jewish Historical Society. His essays have appeared in American Jewish History, Southern Jewish History, The Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights, Jewish-American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia, Handbook to North Carolina History (forthcoming), and The Companion to Southern Literature. He conceived, researched, and wrote text for the exhibit "Migrations: the Jewish Settlers of Eastern North Carolina" and is currently directing a multimedia project, "Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina." He is the author of Homelands: Southern-Jewish Identity in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina (University of Alabama Press).



Louis D. Rubin, Jr., University Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of North Carolina and the founder of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, is the author of the novel Surfaces of a Diamond, as well as many books of nonfiction, including most recently Small Craft Advisory and The Mockingbird in the Gum Tree: A Literary Gallimaufry. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.