John W. Bateman was the first person in his family to leave the fly-over states in more than 200 years. He recently finished his Master’s in English at the University of Buffalo and is back in the South, looking for words in unsuspecting places. John writes and shoots photography, and loves to explore intersections of image and text. Influences include Eudora Welty, Duane Michals, comedian Bob Smith, and his fairy godparents. Occasionally, he climbs rocks and has a secret addiction to glitter. He has been glitter-free since last Wednesday.