About the Trail

The Southern Literary Trail® is governed and organized by a tri-state board in collaboration with local participants in each partner state of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The Southern Literary Trail® Board consists of a Trail director, two co-directors for each state, two academic advisers for each state, a secretary and a treasurer. All serve three year terms and vote on the writers and places honored by the Trail in accordance with requirements stated in the Trail by-laws.

Trail Chairman
William Gantt
The Southern Literary Trail
Trail Director
Sarah McCullough
Mississippi State University Libraries, Starkville, MS
Trail Secretary
Stephen Cunetto
Mississippi State University Libraries, Starkville, MS
Alabama Trail Directors
Dana Chandler
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
Georgia Trail Directors
Carol Chancey
The Erskine Caldwell Birthplace, Moreland, GA
Nick Norwood
The Carson McCullers Center, Columbus, GA
Mississippi Trail Directors
Bridget Pieschel
Mississippi University for Women
Alabama Academic Advisers
Bert Hitchcock
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Don Noble
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Georgia Academic Advisers
Bruce Gentry
Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA
Pearl McHaney
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Mississippi Academic Advisers
James G. Thomas
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Lorie Watkins
William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS
Ex Officio Board Members
Ann Abadie
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Craig Amason
Andalusia Farm, Millegeville, GA; The Lillian Smith Center, Clayton, GA
Valerie Boyd
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Cathy Fussell
The Carson McCullers Center, Columbus, GA
Susan Perry
Southeastern Museum Conference, Atlanta, GA