Will Cunningham is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at KU. Will has published articles on the works of Gayl Jones, Toni Morrison, and Cormac McCarthy; his most recent, forthcoming in Mississippi Quarterly, explores the relationship between land speculation and the exploitation of regional labor forces in Twain's The Gilded Age. Will began working for HBW in 2012 and has served in various roles, including management of the digitization of the HBW archive in partnership with the Chicago Text Lab and participation in the successful grant writing phase of BBIP. Will is originally from Alabama, attended Wofford College (B.A.) and The University of Alabama (M.A.), and currently lives with his family in Lawrence, KS.