Jes Battis <email@example.com> is currently a doctoral student in the English department of Simon Fraser University. He is the author of Vampire in the Family: Theories of Radical Kinship in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, forthcoming from McFarland, 2005, and has also published work in the following academic journals: Canadian Literature, Topia: Canadian Cultural Studies, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and Slayage. His recent work includes a book chapter for Dear Angela, Michele Byers's and David Lavery's forthcoming edited collection on the TV show My So Called Life, as well as a poetry text and a novel in progress. His research areas include Gender/Sexuality and Queer Theory, Fantasy/Sci-Fi Literatures, and Television Studies.
Margaret Hiley <firstname.lastname@example.org> is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, working on aspects of modernism in the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. She has spoken on C. S. Lewis at the international conference Reasons of the Heart: Myth, Meaning and Education (Edinburgh, September 2004) and was coordinator of the postgraduate conference The Culture of Travel at the University of Glasgow (October 2004).
Shaun F. D. Hughes <email@example.com> teaches medieval and postcolonial literatures in the Department of English at Purdue University. This is his fourth guest editorship for MFS. Among his recent publications are "Late secular Poetry" for the Blackwell Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture, "Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1756) and the Limits of Women's Agency in Early-Eighteenth-Century England" in Women Medievalists in the Academy, and "Was there ever a 'Māaori English'?" for World Englishes.
Sue J. Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org> teaches in the Department of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her work has appeared in The Asian Journal of Women's Studies and in Race Critical Theories: Text and Context (2002).
Clyde B. Northrup <email@example.com> is a PhD candidate who is currently working furiously on the final revision of his dissertation, which focuses on J. R. R. Tolkien's lecture "On Fairy-Stories," its place in the critical tradition, and its application to contemporary fantasy literature.
Anderson Malvin Rearick III <firstname.lastname@example.org> is Associate Professor of English at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Beyond writing on Tolkien, he has also worked extensively with Charles Dickens, completing a dissertation entitled "Who Then Shall Be Saved? A Critical Examination of Loss and Reclamation in Charles Dickens's David Copperfield" from the University of Rhode Island in 1991. He teaches literature and composition, and is a published essayist and creative writer.
Valerie Rohy <email@example.com> is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Impossible Women: Lesbian Figures and American Literature (Cornell, 2000) and coeditor of American Local Color Writing, 1880-1920 (Penguin, 1998). Her current project examines the function of anachronism in US discourses of race and sexuality.
Anna Smol <firstname.lastname@example.org> teaches Old English and Middle English literature at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has published articles on Old English poetry, on the eighteenth-century Anglo-Saxonist Elizabeth Elstob, and on medievalism and children's literature, with a focus on the translation and adaptation of medieval stories for children in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her work has been published in journals such as Studies in Medievalism, Children's Literature, and English Studies in Canada.
Richard C. West has a background in medieval English, French, and Scandinavian literature, as well as in modern fantasy and science fiction, and in library science. His bibliography of Tolkien Criticism: An Annotated Checklist has gone through two editions (Kent State UP, 1970, 1981), and he has published articles on such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, most recently in Tolkien and the Invention of Myth, ed. Jane Chance (UP of Kentucky, 2004). He is currently Senior Academic Librarian and Assistant Director for Technical Services at the Kurt F. Wendt Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.