About The Book
About the Contributors
Joshua Dudley Greer is an award-winning photographer who received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. He has exhibited in venues throughout the United States and is currently visiting assistant professor of photography at East Tennessee State University. His work can be found at his personal website: www.jdudleygreer.com.
Christopher M. Maier is a Washington, DC-based writer. He is a founder of the literary magazine Ninth Letter and his fiction has appeared in Sou’wester and Image, among others. His journalism has earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and CASE, and he has authored or co-authored more than 20 editions of higher-education trade books. He is currently on the creative team at Poccuo.
Joseph Zednik, publisher of 26° 81°, is a Chicago native who lives in Bonita Springs, Florida, about 35 miles east of Immokalee. Currently the chairman of Prescient Ridge Management, his career has spanned from computer technologies to financial derivatives. In Southwest Florida and Chicago, he has dedicated himself to providing educational opportunities to young people of all backgrounds and life circumstances. He sits on the board of The Immokalee Foundation and makes frequent visits to the Immokalee community.
Here’s a snapshot: Immokalee (in 2010, at least) is more than 70% Hispanic. Immokalee sees half its population disappear each summer as migrant farmworking picks up in northern states. Immokalee is a town where the Haitian dialect of French and a south Mexican brand of Spanish are as likely to be heard as the patters of American English. “Immokalee,” a rough translation of a Native American term meaning “my home,” was adopted as the town’s name in the late 1800s. Today, the Immokalee Seminole Reservation and casino occupy a few blocks of the southern end of town. Immokalee is home to one high school, one middle school, five elementary schools, and a K–6 charter school. Teenagers often affectionately call Immokalee “I-town.”
“Your book provides us with a wonderful and lasting picture of Immokalee. It captures the variety, resourcefulness, and warmth of the town and its people, and makes it easy to see why we have all become so attached to them.”
— John Costigan, Board Chair, The Immokalee Foundation
1724 20th St NW, Suite 1
Washington, DC 20009
Individual prints from 26° 81° are available for purchase from Joshua Dudley Greer. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (443) 722-9413.
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von Liebig Art Center
585 Park Street
Naples, FL 34102
Eastern Collier County Chamber of Commerce
1300 N 15th Street
Immokalee, FL 34142