I am founder of Lucky Find Productions, and co-founder of the True Delta Project, an award-winning filmmaker, and American Studies scholar. The True Delta Project's mission is to help spread the word about the vital musical and educational contributions that the Mississippi Delta has made and continues to make across America and around the world. Lucky Find Productions focuses on stories about the Rockaway peninsula in New York City. As an academic, I am author of three books and editor of four on issues surrounding apocalyptic belief and sexuality and gender in American culture. I received my Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1984, taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for 23 years, held the Gannett Chair on the Millennium at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the inaugural Zicklin Chair at Brooklyn Colleges and for six years was Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College, CUNY until my retirement from teaching in 2014.