Jeff Klinkenberg, who writes about Florida culture for the Tampa Bay Times, is the author of the book collection of essays, Alligators in B-Flat, published by University Press of Florida. Previous anthologies, Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators, Seasons of Real Florida and Dispatches from the Land of Flowers, have been best sellers. Born in 1949, Klinkenberg grew up in Miami and began exploring the Florida Keys and the Everglades as a small boy. He started working at The Miami News when he was 16 and became a journalism graduate of the University of Florida. He’s in the UF Journalism College’s Hall of Fame. He has worked at the South’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, since 1977. His column is called Real Florida. In 2013, Klink’s non-deadline journalism in the Southern United States won the “Green Eyeshade Award.” In 2010, Klink and photographer-videographer Maurice Rivenbark won the national Sigma Delta Chi Award for the online presentation of “Real Florida.” In 2007 and 2009, the American Association of Sunday Features Editors selected a body of Klink’s work as the best in the nation. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distiguished Journalism Award, highest honor in state journalism, given annually to the writer with the best body of work by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He has been an adjunct instructor in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and was the first “Writer in Residence” for the University of South Florida’s Florida Studies Graduate program. Esquire, Outside, Travel and Leisure, and Audubon are among the magazines that have published his stories.“If Jeff Klinkenberg isn’t careful, he might give journalism a good name,’’ says the author Carl Hiaasen. “He has a rare eye for marvelous detail, and an affectionate ear for those small, wise, bittersweet voices that tell the true story of Florida.’’
Peggy A. Bulger is director emerita of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where she served from 1999 to 2011. A native of New York State, she holds a B.A. in fine arts from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.A. in folk studies from Western Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. A folklorist, consultant, and producer, Bulger has been documenting folklife and developing and managing folklife programs for more than thirty-five years. Prior to her tenure at the American Folklife Center, she served as Florida State Folk Arts Coordinator (1976-79), Florida Folklife Programs Administrator (1979-89), and Program Coordinator, Director, and Senior Officer for the Southern Arts Federation (1989-99). Peggy Bulger is the author of South Florida Folklife, with Tina Bucuvalas and Stetson Kennedy, (1994) and the editor of Musical Roots of the South (1992). She is the producer of many videos, including Music Masters & Rhythm Kings (1993), Every Island Has Its Own Songs: The Tsimouris Family of Tarpon Springs (1988), Fishing All My Days: Maritime Traditions of Florida’s Shrimpers (1985); and a number of recordings, including Deep South Musical Roots Tour (1992) and Drop On Down in Florida (1981). She is a member of numerous professional organizations and consults with many folklife and cultural projects. Bulger served as president of the American Folklore Society (AFS) (2000-2002). She was elected as a Fellow of the AFS in 2011 and received the Benjamin Botkin Award that same year for her contributions to the field of public folklore. She was appointed to the Florida Folklife Council in 2012 by the Florida Secretary of State. In August, 2012, Dr. Bulger received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Goucher College, where she was commencement speaker for graduate programs. Bulger has served on the U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Inter-governmental committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. She also was a member of the Organization of American States’ Committee on Culture, and the advisory committee for the US Dept. of State for discussions on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diversity conventions.
Susan McMannus is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. MacManus, who received her M.A. from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. from Florida State University, is a Distinguished University Professor of Public Administration and Political Science in the Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida. For the last 20 years, she has served as political analyst for WFLA-TV (Tampa NBC affiliate). She was a blogger for TBO.com during the 2004 and 2006 election campaigns and has been the featured columnist for sayfiereview.com (Florida's leading political website) since 2008. MacManus is the co-author of Politics in States and Communities, 15th ed., with Thomas R. Dye (Prentice Hall 2014), Florida's Politics, 3rd ed., with Aubrey Jewett, Thomas R. Dye, and David Bonanza (Florida Institute of Government, 2011) and Florida's Politics: Ten Media Markets, One Powerful State with Kevin Hill and Dario Moreno (Florida Institute of Government, 2004). She is also the author of Young v. Old: Generational Combat in the 21st Century? (Westview, 1996) and Targeting Senior Voters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). MacManus and her mother, Elizabeth, are the authors of two local Florida history books published by the University of Tampa Press: Citrus, Sawmills, Critters & Crackers (1998) and Going, Going, Almost Gone: Lutz-Land 0' Lakes Pioneers Share Their Precious Memories (2011). MacManus is from a citrus-growing family in Pasco County. She served as Chair of the Florida Elections Commission from 1999 to 2003 and helped the Collins Center For Public Policy, Inc. draft Florida's Help America Vote Act state plan (voter, election official, and poll worker education section) required by Congress to qualify for federal funding under the Help America Vote Act. She also served as an advisor to the Florida Division of Elections on the development of its statewide poll worker training manual. In 2008, MacManus was appointed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to two working groups: the Election Management Guidelines Development Working Group on Elderly and Disabled Voters in Long-Term Care Facilities and the Working Group on Media and Public Relations. MacManus was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1989, received USF's Distinguished Research Scholar Award in 1991, and was honored as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society's USF Artist/Scholar in 1997 and designated as a Distinguished University Professor in 1999. She received the first biennial Diane Blair award for "Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government" from the Southern Political Science Association in 2001. In March, 2002, the Florida Political Science Association gave her its Manning Dauer Distinguished Florida Political Science Award. She has been a Reubin O'D. Askew Fellow of the Florida Institute of Government since 1995. MacManus is unaffiliated with any political party.