Mississippi Arts Hour | Tema Stauffer interviewed by Lauren Rhoades


Lauren Rhoades talks with Tema Stauffer, a photographer whose work examines the social, economic, and cultural landscapes of American spaces. Tema’s new series of photographs, SOUTHERN FICTION, explores the settings that shaped the literary imaginations of 20th-century Southern writers, including Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Richard Wright. A monograph of SOUTHERN FICTION will be released by Daylight Books this month. The conversation is available as a podcast: The Mississippi Art Hour |Tema Stauffer 

Tema Stauffer and Lauren Rhoades at the Eudora Welty House

Contributing writer Lauren Rhoades and I will be in conversation about Southern Fiction on the front lawn of the Eudora Welty House on Saturday, October 8 from 4-6pm. Lauren Rhoades is a writer and the director of grants at the Mississippi Arts Commission. Formerly, she served as director of the Eudora Welty House & Garden, a National Historic Landmark and literary house museum in Jackson. Her fiction, essays, and book reviews have been published in the Southwest ReviewphoebeStorySouth, the Mississippi Books PageEudora Welty Review, and elsewhere. Lauren received an MFA in creative writing from the Mississippi University for Women. She is currently at work on a memoir-in-essays.

Tema Stauffer and Kathryn Savage at Lemuria Books

Writer Kathryn Savage will join me at Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi on Friday, October 7 at 5pm to sign and discuss our books, Southern Fiction and Groundglass. Kathryn Savage’s writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Ecotone Magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, BOMB, and the anthology Rewilding: Poems for the Environment. Recipient of the Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize, she has received support from fellowships and residencies including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Minnesota State Arts Board, Ucross Foundation, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She lives with her family in Minneapolis and teaches creative writing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Infinite Weight / Present Histories at The Vault Gallery at UWG

Three prints from Southern Fiction are included in an exhibition of contemporary photographs and lens-based works at The Vault Gallery in the Wadsworth Auditorium at the University of West Georgia. Infinite Weight / Present Histories was curated by Hallie Ringle, the Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art and the former Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibition will be on view from October 7 to November 3 with a reception on Friday, October 7 from 6-8pm. A catalog will accompany the exhibition.

Imaginary Landscapes: Stories from the American South

Fruit Stand, Highway 441, Georgia, 2018

Four prints from SOUTHERN FICTION are included in an exhibition from May 17 – August 27 in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom: A Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, NC. Guest curated by Kate Anderson, Imaginary Landscapes: Stories from the American South, features narrative works that attempt to capture the myriad stories of the South by contemporary artists alongside works from the Johnson Collection and the Collection of the Black Mountain College Museum. A public reception will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 5pm.