More About the Author
Danny Duncan Collum is the author, most recently, of White Boy: A Novel (Apprentice House 2011). He teaches writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort and is a contributing editor and columnist for Sojourners magazine. Collum is also the author of three nonfiction books (Black and Catholic in the Jim Crow South, Rising to Common Ground, Black and White Together)and the editor of a fourth(African Americans in the Spanish Civil War). More information about his work is available at www.dannyduncancollum.net.
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 as a contributing editor for Sojourners, writing a monthly column on popular culture and media 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 Duncan Collum lives in rural Shelby County, Kentucky, near Waddy, with his wife, Polly, and their four children.