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Notes on Contributors

Elisabeth Däumer is Professor of English and American literature at Eastern Michigan University, with research interests in twentieth-century poetry, modernism, and cognitive literary theory. She has published essays on T.S. Eliot, Muriel Rukeyser, and feminist theory. Co-editor (with Shyamal Bagchee) of The International Reception of T.S. Eliot (Continuum 2007), she founded The Muriel Rukeyser Website ( and organized the 2013 Rukeyser Centenary Symposium at Eastern Michigan University (

Catherine Gander’s research addresses the conceptual, practical, and philosophical crosscurrents between literature and the visual arts. Her monograph Muriel Rukeyser and Documentary: The Poetics of Connection was published by Edinburgh University Press in January 2013 and won the inaugural Peggy O’Brien book prize of the Irish Association for American Studies. Catherine Gander’s interdisciplinary interests involve ethical and political aesthetics in modern and contemporary American fiction, poetry, art, and photography, as well as the cognitive work of image-texts and visual cultures. She is currently working on a book examining the role of the artwork in attitudes to crisis in twenty-first-century American fiction.

Stefania Heim is a doctoral candidate in English at The CUNY Graduate Center. She is writing a dissertation entitled Dark Matter: Susan Howe, Muriel Rukeyser, and the Scholar’s Art with support from the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust. She is editor of an annotated edition of Rukeyser’s “Darwin and the Writers” (New York: Lost and Found, The [End Page 417] CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Series I Winter 2009) and author of the forthcoming poetry collection A Table That Goes on for Miles (Switchback Books).

Eric Keenaghan is Associate Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, where he teaches modernist and contemporary poetry, political theory, and queer and gender theory. He is the author of Queering Cold War Poetry (Ohio State, 2009), as well as numerous essays in journals (including Modernism/modernity, Translation Studies, jacket2, Contemporary Literature, Journal of Modern Literature) and edited volumes (on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Duncan, Ronald Johnson, among others). His contribution to this issue of JNT is drawn from a new book project, tentatively titled Life, Love, and War: Anarchism and Twentieth-Century American Poetry, which examines the unaffiliated leftist politics and poetics of Kenneth Patchen, Muriel Rukeyser, and Robert Duncan in light of what Kenneth Rexroth once called American poetry’s “philosophical anarchism.”

Rowena Kennedy-Epstein is the editor of Muriel Rukeyser’s novel Savage Coast (Feminist Press, 2013) and “Barcelona, 1936” & Selections from the Spanish Civil War Archive (New York: Lost and Found, The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Series II March 2011). An essay by Kennedy-Epstein, titled “‘Her symbol was civil war’: Recovering Muriel Rukeyser’s Lost Spanish Civil War Novel,” appeared in a recent issue of Modern Fiction Studies. She received her doctorate in English from The CUNY Graduate Center.

Craig Morehead is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro focusing on Modernist literature. His essay on Virginia Woolf and her London Sketch Essays has appeared in Virginia Woolf Miscellany. He is currently completing a dissertation entitled Cosmopolitan Criminality in Modernist British Literature and Film, which explores the formation of the cosmopolitan criminal character in London slum literature in the works of Arthur Morrison, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, G.K. Chesterton, and Alfred Hitchcock amongst others. [End Page 418]

Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic, twice a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent collections of poems are The Book of Seventy, which received the National Jewish Book Award in 2010, The Book of Life (2012), and the forthcoming The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog. As a critic, she is the author of Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America and other books on poetry and the Bible. Ostriker teaches in the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University.

Stephanie Strickland has published seven books of print poetry, most recently Dragon Logic (2013), and collaborated on seven electronic poems, most recently “Sea and Spar Between,” a poetry generator written with Nick Montfort. Her prize-winning...