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Danny Collum is an assistant professor of English at Kentucky State University in Frankfort and a contributing writer and columnist for Sojourners magazine. A widely published journalist and freelance writer, Collum is also the author of three nonfiction books and the editor of a fourth. The most recent was Black and Catholic in the Jim Crow South (Paulist 2006). Collum was born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi. He attended the Greenwood public schools and Mississippi College in Clinton. He later earned a bachelor’s degree at Loyola University of New Orleans and the M.F.A. in creative writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. From 1980 to 1988, Collum was an associate editor of Sojourners, a Washington, D.C.-based monthly magazine of religion, politics and culture, and took a leading role in the advocacy and organizing work associated with the magazine. He later served as executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, a historical society devoted to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). In that position, he initiated a Ford Foundation-funded research project that resulted in the book, African Americans in the Spanish Civil War, which he edited. Since 1988, Collum has served either as a contributing editor or contributing writer for Sojourners, writing a monthly column and frequent features. Sojourners currently has 120,000 monthly readers of its print edition and 320,000 monthly visits to its website. In addition, Collum is popular music columnist for the monthly, U.S. Catholic. His articles have also appeared in Utne, Rock & Rap Confidential, The National Catholic Reporter, The Progressive and other periodicals. Danny Collum lives in rural Shelby County, Kentucky, near Waddy, with his wife, Polly, and their four children.