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SOUTHERN FICTION: Photographs by Tema Stauffer
Book release by Daylight Books forthcoming in Fall 2022

Book Details:
Hardcover; 100 pages, 10×12 inches
37 color photographs
Foreword by Casey Cep
Essays by Lauren Rhoades and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
ISBN-13: 9781954119161
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SOUTHERN FICTION explores the history of the American South using its literary tradition as a road map by focusing on environments that have shaped the imaginations of 20th-century Southern writers. These large-format color photographs depict domestic settings, vernacular architecture, and rural landscapes that visually resonate with the history, culture, and atmosphere of the Deep South. The images capture a fascination with the beauty, mystery, and layered complexity of the South. The book includes essays by contemporary writers Casey Cep, Lauren Rhoades, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. 

Tema Stauffer is a photographer whose work examining the social, economic, and cultural landscape of American spaces has been exhibited internationally. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University; her work is currently represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes scholar.

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 Review, phoebe, StorySouth, the Mississippi Books Page, Eudora 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.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her first novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois, was an Oprah’s Book Club pick; Long Songs was long-listed for the National Book Award in Fiction, included in the “10 Best Books of 2021” lists for the New York Times and the Washington Post, selected as winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and the Prize for First Novel of the Center for Fiction, and nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Debut. Her fifth poetry collection, The Age of Phillis, was long-listed for the National Book Award in Poetry and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Poetry. A native Southerner, Jeffers now lives and teaches on the prairie, where she holds the Paul and Carol Daube Chair in English at the University of Oklahoma.

UPSTATE: Photographs by Tema Stauffer
Published by Daylight Books, Fall 2018

Book Details:
Hardcover; 84 pages, 9×11 inches
33 color photographs
ISBN-13: 9781942084594
Foreword by Xhenet Aliu
Essay by Alison Nordström
ISBN-13: 9781942084594
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UPSTATE looks at the lingering legacy of American industrial and agricultural history in and around Hudson, New York. Combining poetic landscapes and interiors with portraiture, the images in Upstate express a quiet mystery and beauty while they revel in the vernacular. Like the Hudson River School painters who worked in the area in the 19th Century, Stauffer captures sublime elements while also revealing the shifting economic realities of the region. 

Tema Stauffer is a photographer whose work examining the social, economic, and cultural landscape of American spaces has been exhibited internationally. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University; her work is currently represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Xhenet Aliu is the author of the novel Brass (Random House, 2018) and the story collection Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.

Alison Nordström is the former Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography, (Florida) and Senior Curator of Photographs/Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House, (New York) she is the author of over 100 published books and essays on photographic topics, and has curated over 100 photographic exhibitions in nine countries.