Mary Elizabeth Kromer Bernhard, independent scholar, focuses in her biographical research on the Norcross family and the poet’s relationship to her mother and her sister, Lavinia. Author of “Portrait of a Family: Emily Dickinson’s Norcross Connection” (The New England Quarterly, 1987), she has published profiles on Emily Norcross Dickinson, Betsey Fay Norcross, Joel Norcross, Lavinia and Lorin Norcross, and on Mary Landis Hampson in An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia (1998). Other essays and reviews have appeared in the Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin and The New England Quarterly. She is an Amherst resident and has been for many years a Guide at the Homestead.
Richard S. Ellis is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Since he was an undergraduate at Harvard University, where he majored in Mathematics and German Literature, Richard has continued his passionate involvement both in mathematics and in literature. In mathematics he has published extensively, including two research-level books in probability. He recently completed a novel set in Jerusalem, entitled Broken Symmetries. He has published poetry and several articles on the Torah and has taught courses on the Torah at his synagogue and at the University of Massachusetts.
Professor Emerita of English at Northern Michigan University, Rowena Revis Jones was among the first to work with Thomas H. Johnson’s texts of Dickinson’s poems and letters. She has published several articles in scholarly journals, studying them in the light of their religious tradition.
Lori Lebow received her BA from the University of Michigan. She completed her MA thesis on narrative technique in Jane Austen. She has had a number of articles on Dickinson and Austen published. Two stories will appear in a forthcoming anthology. Presently she is working on her dissertation, titled, “Autobiographic Self-construction in the Letters of Emily Dickinson.” She is a part-time lecturer on Romantic and Victorian Literature at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Patricia Thompson Rizzo teaches American literature at the University of Padova. She has published articles on William Faulkner, Tillie Olsen, Australian Aboriginal literature and Emily Dickinson. She is currently working on a study of Dickinson’s correspondence.
Sandra Runzo teaches courses in American literature and women’s studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She has published essays on women writers in American Literature, Genders, Women’s Studies, and The Kenyon Review.
Georgiana Strickland recently retired after a long career in scholarly publishing, most recently as Managing Editor at the University Press of Kentucky. Since 1991 she has been editor of the Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin. Current research interests include Helen Hunt Jackson and the Springfield Republican.
Shira Wolosky received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature and was an Associate Professor at Yale University before moving to the Hebrew University in 1985. She is author of Emily Dickinson: A Voice of War (Yale University Press) and Language Mysticism (Stanford University Press). Poetry and Public Discourse: American Poetry 1855–1900 is forthcoming in the Cambridge History of American Literature.