CDS Partners with the Oxford American for Online Publication Series

Throughout 2017, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) will contribute to the Oxford American’s new online publication series, The By and By, as part of the magazine’s ongoing 25th anniversary celebration. Every Thursday, April through December, the OA website will feature a rotating lineup of stories contributed by CDS and new works by “five of the South’s most gifted and promising talents,” as the OA describes them.

CDS will showcase work by its faculty, students, and affiliated artists, including, among other stories: writings by Timothy B. Tyson about and from his book The Blood of Emmett Till; photos from Theater of War by Christopher Sims; sounds from CDS’s Scene on Radio podcast produced by John Biewen; videos by emerging filmmakers; content from the SNCC Digital Gateway—the collaborative initiative between Duke University and civil rights veterans is an online portal of informational wealth on the struggle for voting rights and democracy building; Duke undergraduate ('17) Danielle Mayes' unusually evocative black-and-white portraits; writing, photography, and graphic nonfiction by CDS award winners like Abbie Gascho Landis, Lauren Pond, and Steven Cozart; and a presentation by C.D. Wright as part of CDS’s 25th anniversary events, shortly before her passing.

Other contributors to The By and By will cover “cultural beats from unique Southern perspectives: Grammy-nominated Americana musician Tift Merritt will share the road life of a Southern musician who is also a first-time mother; Smithsonian-honored food writer Sandra Gutierrez will cover the Nuevo-South food scene; Matthew Neill Null, a West Virginia fiction writer and recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, will send “Redneck Letters from Rome;” regular OA contributor and Georgia native Will Stephenson will offer an archaeology of the South’s odd sound; and Ronni Lundy, a James Beard Award-nominated food writer and expert on Appalachian cuisine, will deliver twenty-first century traditions with a feminist edge.”

The By and By

The Children of Emmett Till

"My name is being called on the road to freedom. I can hear the blood of Emmett Till as it calls from the ground. . . . When shall we go? Not tomorrow! Not at high noon! Now!" —Reverend Samuel Wells, Albany, Georgia, 1962

The first installment in our partnership with The Oxford American magazine is now live. New writings and excerpts from Tim Tyson's latest book, "The Blood of Emmett Till," alongside portions of Tyson's interview with our Scene On Radio podcast + recordings from a CDS event this past December comprise "The Children of Emmett Till," our first feature for #TheByandBy series.

Photo: Bank of the Tallahatchie River, Money, Mississippi, 2009. Emmett Till’s body was recovered from the river on August 31, 1955. Photograph by Jessica Ingram from "Road Through Midnight; A Civil Rights Memorial"; the Center for Documentary Studies exhibited the series in 2015. To see more of Ingram's work, visit

About the Oxford American

Oxford American is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and national magazine dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing, while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. The Oxford American is committed to the development of young individuals aspiring to work in the publishing industry and to the production and presentation of multidisciplinary arts events in and around Little Rock, Arkansas. Billed as “A Magazine of the South,” the OA has won four National Magazine Awards—including the 2016 award for General Excellence in the category of Literature, Science and Politics—and other high honors since it began publication in 1992. For more information, visit