Writer, editor, poet, and songwriter Barbara Brannon formerly led the prestigious Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but got to Texas as quick as she could. She was the recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Scholarship at the author’s alma mater, Georgia College, then studied poetry with James Dickey at the University of South Carolina, where she earned the M.A. and Ph.D. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the Wild West History Association, Lubbock Magazine, Asheville Poetry Review, Cenacle, Kakalak, Light, the South Carolina Review, and Yemassee, among other outlets, and most recently in Bearing the Mask: Southwest Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016). Now executive director of the Texas Plains Trail Region of the Texas Historical Commission, she served as managing editor of the University of South Carolina Press and marketing manager of Texas Tech University Press. She is coauthor, with Kay Ellington, of the Paragraph Ranch series of Texas novels, and a partner in Bookadelphia, an independent literary organization and publishing house.