Zanice Bond earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Tuskegee University, where she teaches first-year English composition, American literature, African American literature, Southern literature, and Modern English Grammar and Linguistics. Because Tuskegee is located in Appalachia (Macon County, Alabama), she consciously seeks to infuse her curriculum with works by Affrilachian writers. She serves as co-director for the NEH grant Literary Legacies of Macon County and Tuskegee Institute: Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph W. Ellison, and Albert Murray and served as guest curator for the Soul of Zora: A Literary Legacy through Quilts exhibition that ran from March until September 2019. In 2017, she received a Fulbright-Hays award to Chile and a Poetry Foundation Fellowship for the Furious Flower Center’s Legacy Seminar on Yusef Komunyakaa at James Madison University. Dr. Bond’s research focuses on women, democracy, and human rights. Her essay “‘Small Places Close to Home’: Gender, Class and Civil Rights Work–Mildred Bond Roxborough and the NAACP” was published in Tennessee Women: Their Lives, Their Times, Volume 2, (Sarah Wilkerson Freeman and Beverly Greene Bond, co-editors) University of Georgia Press, 2015. Her essay “’An Aching Shell Worth Tenderness’: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Medicine in Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry” was published in the Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities, Volume VIII, No. 2, 2018.