James Clark is Professor of English, Dean of the School of Humanities and Elizabeth H. Jordan Chair of Southern Literature at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. He holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, an MFA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a PhD from the University of Denver. He was the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina for 2006 and 2007. He is the author of Dancing on Canaan’s Ruins and Handiwork (poems) and Notions: A Jim Clark Miscellany. He edited Fable in the Blood: The Selected Poems of Byron Herbert Reece. Clark has released two solo CDs: Buried Land, a collection of Appalachian folk music and his own poems; and The Service of Song, his musical settings of the poems of Byron Herbert Reece.