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Panelist Bios

Anna Canoni is the Senior Operations Manager for Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. The daughter of Nora Guthrie—and granddaughter of Woody and Marjorie Guthrie—Canoni has worked side by side with her mother for the past thirteen years on several major tributes to Woody Guthrie, including the 1996 “Hard Travelin’: The Life & Legacy of Woody Guthrie” tribute concerts at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame; “Woody Guthrie’s 90th Birthday Celebration” tribute concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; and the 2012 year-long Woody Guthrie Centennial celebrations, which included educational conferences, concerts, and public programs from California to New York.

Ronald D. Cohen, emeritus professor of history, Indiana University Northwest, has been involved in numerous book and CD projects dealing with the history of folk music, including: Rainbow Quest (2002); Songs for Political Action: Folk Music, Topical Songs, and the American Left (10 cds, Bear Family Records, 1996); The Best of Broadside (Smithsonian Folkways, 2000); Alan Lomax: Selected Writings (2003); Folk Music: The Basics (2006); Chicago Folk: Images of the Sixties Folk Scene​ (2009); Alan Lomax, Assistant in Charge: The Library of Congress Letters (2011); Woody Guthrie: Writing America’s Songs (2012); The Pete Seeger Reader (2014); Singing For Peace (2015); Roots of the Revival (2014); Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America (2016); and Selling Folk Music: An Illustrated History ​(forthcoming).

Thomas Conner is a journalist, educator, and researcher currently pursuing a Ph.D. in communication and science studies at the University of California-San Diego. His principal research examines the cultural histories and media effects of holograms and hologram-simulation performances. A native Okie, he has also spent many years studying and writing about the life and legacy of Woody Guthrie, and has done extensive research at the Woody Guthrie Archives. He was a music journalist for more than 20 years, most recently as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mark F. Fernandez is the Patricia Carlin O’Keefe Distinguished Professor of History at Loyola University in New Orleans. He has published on topics ranging from the seventeenth-century Chesapeake to law in the antebellum South. His second book, From Chaos to Continuity: Evolution of Louisiana’s Judicial System, 1712-1862 (Louisiana University Press, 2001, 2014) won the Louisiana Literary Award. He is past president and Fellow of the Louisiana Historical Association. In recent years he’s begun researching a book about Woody Guthrie. In 2012, he received the Woody Guthrie Fellowship from the Woody Guthrie Foundation and BMI.

Randall Fuller, Chapman Professor of English at the University of Tulsa, is the author of Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists (Oxford UP 2007) and From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature (Oxford UP, 2011), which won the Phi Beta Kappa’s Christian Gauss Award for best literary criticism. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Humanities, American Literature, American Literary History, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center. Forthcoming from Viking Press is The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited the Nation. He is currently at work on an intellectual biography of Bob Dylan.

Joy Harjo is an acclaimed poet, musician, writer and performer. The author of many books of award-winning poetry, her latest collection is Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. She has received the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her memoir, Crazy Brave, won the PEN USA Literary Award for creative non-fiction. Currently she is at work on a musical, an album of music, and a second memoir. She will assume a Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville this fall.

Brian Hosmer holds the H.G. Barnard Chair in Western American History at the University of Tulsa and previously directed the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library. A scholar of Native American history, Hosmer writes primarily on intersections between economic change, cultural identity, and nationhood in twentieth century American Indian communities. He has written or edited four books, most recently Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building, and regularly offers presentations for community, museum and civic groups.  Hosmer organized the 2012 Woody Guthrie Centennial Symposium and, along with spouse Victoria and daughter Megan, is an enthusiastic supporter of Tulsa’s vibrant music and cultural scene.

Will Kaufman is a Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire. He is a two-time winner of the BMI-Woody Guthrie Fellowship and the author of Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Illinois UP, 2011). His other books include The Civil War in American Culture (Edinburgh UP, 2006), American Culture in the 1970s (Edinburgh UP, 2009) and, with Ronald D. Cohen, Singing for Peace: Antiwar Songs in American History (Paradigm, 2015). He has two further books forthcoming: Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues (Illinois), a study of Guthrie’s responses to modernity, and Woody Guthrie: Down, Up, or Anywhere (Reaktion), exploring Guthrie’s relation to place.

Jeff Place is the curator and senior archivist for the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He has been involved in the compilation of over 50 CDs of American music for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, including Woody Guthrie’s Long Ways to Travel: The Unreleased Folkways Masters, the Lead Belly Legacy Series, the Pete Seeger American Favorite Ballads series and the Asch Recordings of Woody Guthrie. The winner of two Grammy Awards and five Indie Awards, Place was one of the producers of the acclaimed 1997 edition of the Anthology of American Folk Music.

Robert Santelli is the Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. A noted blues and rock historian, Santelli is the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including Greetings from E Street (The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook. One of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Santelli spearheaded the U.S. Congressional initiative to name 2003 “The Year of the Blues,” and he also served as co-chairman of “Woody at 100″— a partnership between the GRAMMY Museum and the Woody Guthrie Archives. His latest book, This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song, was released in 2012.

Gus Stadler is Associate Professor of English at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and the author of Troubling Minds: The Cultural Politics of Genius in the U.S., 1840-1890 (U of Minnesota Press, 2006). A former co-editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, his main interests include popular music, histories of sound and listening, gender and sexuality, critical race theory, and the role of feeling in politics. His current book project is tentatively titled Woody Guthrie and the Intimate Life of the Left.

Andrew Grant Wood is a historian, writer, teacher, musician and DJ. He is author, most recently, of Agustín Lara: A Cultural Biography. Oxford U Press, 2014. Wood’s research interests include work on popular music, festivals, cities, borderlands, migration, tourism, photography, social movements, cultural anthropology and anarchism. Wood is currently writing a book on the history of the port of Veracruz, Mexico.