Lisa Bickmore's work has appeared in Quarterly West and Mudfish. Her book Haste was published in 1994 by Signature Press. Among her honors is an Academy of American Poets Prize. She was recently awarded an artist's residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches writing in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Karen Bucher is a photographer living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is working on projects about families in Las Cruces and Pennsylvania. Her photographs have been published in Double Take and Photography Quarterly and are included in collections at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Denver Art Museum, and Woodstock Center Photography. She has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women and from the Maine Photographic Workshops.
María de los Angeles Crummett is an associate professor of economics and the coordinator of Latin American programs, Institute for World Commerce Education, at the University of Tampa. She has published numerous articles on women and economic development in Latin America and has worked as a consultant to international agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Labor Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, and UNIFEM. Crummet received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York.
Anne B. W. Effland holds a Ph.D. in agricultural history and rural studies from Iowa State University. She has been a historian and social science analyst with the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for ten years. Her research focuses on the history of farm labor, rural women and minorities, and agricultural and rural policy. She is currently cooperating with researchers at the Pennsylvania State University and the Economic Research Service on a social and economic survey of farm women. Although she works daily in downtown Washington, D.C., Effland lives the rest of her life in rural Maryland with her husband and their four children. [End Page 177]
Julie Green is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Oregon State University. She received a M.F.A. in painting from the University of Kansas. Recent solo exhibitions include "Requiescat" at the University of Liverpool Art Museum and "Yoklahoma," a tempura painting, installation, and video projection project at Living Arts Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Valerie Grim is an associate professor of Afro American studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is an historian and teaches courses on the African American Experiences in America. Her area of interest is African American rural and agricultural history. She has published articles in numerous journals as well as edited collections.
Cynthia Handel teaches at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she has been hired for her metal casting expertise. She is a maker of objects about fragility and balance, and her work is about containment. She is currently working on her second public commission for the city of San Jose, California. Cynthia received an LSU Faculty Summer Research Grant to work with sand casting techniques. She has compiled a directory, Women In the Field of Cast Metal, and has lectured nationally on women's contributions in metal casting.
Mary S. Hoffschwelle is an associate professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University. She has written about rural women and domestic reform in Rebuilding the Rural Southern Community: Reformers, Schools, and Homes in Tennessee, 1900-1930. Her current project is a manuscript entitled "The Rosenwald Schools of the American South" for the University Press of Florida.
Joan M. Jensen is professor emerita at New Mexico State University where she taught women's history for many years. Among her publications on rural women are Promise to the Land: Essays on Rural Women, Loosening the Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750-1850, and With These Hands: Women Working on the Land. She is currently writing a book on rural women in Wisconsin.
Lyn Lifshin, whose most recent book is Before It's Light, has published more than one-hundred books of poetry, won awards for nonfiction, and edited four anthologies of women's writing, including Tangled Vines, Ariadne's Thread, and Lips Unsealed. Her poems have appeared in dozens of literary and poetry magazines, and she is the...