C.F. Payne’s artwork has graced the covers of Time, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, MAD Magazine, Der Spiegel, U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic, Texas Monthly and more. He has been commissioned to paint countless politicians, authors and entertainers and has illustrated 10 children’s books, including The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber by John Lithgow. Payne’s artwork has been exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, Norman Rockwell Museum, the Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration, and numerous college and university galleries.
Chuck Offenburger, BA’69, got his start in print at age 13 in his hometown of Shenandoah, Iowa, writing sports news for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel. After a long career as a Des Moines Register featured columnist, Offenburger now writes from his farm home in Greene County, Iowa. The author of four books, he serves as a visiting instructor at colleges and high schools, teaching journalism and courses about Iowa. For 16 years Offenburger was co-host of the internationally known RAGBRAI—the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. His website is www.offenburger.com.
Lisa A. DuBois
A freelance writer since 1985, Lisa A. DuBois has penned stories for magazines, newspapers, podcast, radio and television, and is a frequent contributor to Vanderbilt publications. She is author of the nonfiction book More Than a Place: The Origins of a Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and is completing the manuscript for her second book, Ambition and Energy: The Cockrell Family, to be published later this year. DuBois resides with her husband in Houston.
Frye Gaillard, BA’68, grew up in Mobile, Ala. From 1972 until 1990 he lived in North Carolina and worked for The Charlotte Observer. His first book, Watermelon Wine, published in 1978, was a collection of essays about country music. Since then Gaillard has authored or co-authored more than 20 books, most concerning politics, race relations and contemporary Southern culture. In 2005, Gaillard returned to Alabama and became writer-in-residence in the history and English departments at the University of South Alabama. In the late 2000s he began working with singer-songwriter Kathryn Scheldt, whose album Southern Girl contains 10 songs co-written by him.
Rob Simbeck’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, Guideposts, Country Weekly, Field & Stream, Free Inquiry and many other publications. He has won three national awards for his work in the Nashville Scene and two international awards for his outdoor writing. His website is www.robsimbeck.com.
Jason Amos, Carole Bartoo, Joanne Lamphere Beckham, Joan Brasher, Kurt Brobeck, Paul Conkin, Cynthia Cyrus, Mimi Eckhard, Michelle Eckland, Nancy Humphrey, Elizabeth P. Latt, Leigh MacMillan, Melanie Moran, Ann Marie Deer Owens, David F. Salisbury, Ryan Schulz, Bill Snyder, Cindy Thomsen