“I Know What the Earth Says”: From an Interview with Alice Walker

William R. Ferris is the author of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). His next book, The Storied South: Conversations with Writers and Artists, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in the fall of 2013. At the University of North Carolina Ferris is a professor in the history department, adjunct professor in the Curriculum in Folklore, and senior associate director of the Center for Study of the American South.