Věra Eliášová is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Rutgers University. Her dissertation, "Female Flânerie and the Modern Urban Imagination," focuses on British modern writers, including Charlotte Brontë, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf. She also works on Central and Eastern European women's writings.
Simona Fojtová, a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at the University of New Mexico, is completing a dissertation titled "Epistemic Bodies: Knowledge and Transformation in Feminist Theory." She has begun a project on cultural translation and the application of Western feminist theoretical concepts across ethnic and state borders. Her first academic publication was an article on Gerald Vizenor.
Brian M. Reed, associate professor of English at the University of Washington, is the author of Hart Crane: After His Lights (Alabama, 2006). He is co-editor, with Nancy Perloff, of Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk, Berlin, Moscow (Getty Research Institute, 2003). He has published articles on the poets Ezra Pound, Carl Sandburg, Susan Howe, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Elizaveta Mnatsakanova.
Timothy Materer is professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His books include James Merrill's Apocalypse (Cornell, 2000), Modernist Alchemy: Poetry and the Occult (Cornell, 1995), and Vortex: Pound, Eliot, Lewis (Cornell, 1979). He has also edited two volumes of Ezra Pound's letters and published articles on Pound, T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill.
Jenny L. White is a lecturer in English and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is working on a book manuscript titled "Staking a Claim: Contemporary American Poets Rework the Terrain." Her article on Antonia Quintana Pigno's "La Jornada" is forthcoming in Intertexts.
Luc Herman is professor of American literature at the University of Antwerp. He is co-author, with Bart Vervaeck, of Handbook of Narrative Analysis (Nebraska, 2005) and author of Concepts of Realism (Camden House, 1996). He edited the 1998 Pynchon Notes volume titled Approach and Avoid: Essays on "Gravity's Rainbow."
John M. Krafft, associate professor of English at Miami University-Hamilton, is founding co-editor of Pynchon Notes. [End Page 316]
Ursula K. Heise, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Stanford University, is the author of Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge, 1997) and co-editor of The Longman Anthology of World Literature (2003). Subjects of her articles have included contemporary fiction, literature and science, literature and media, and ecocriticism. She has completed a book manuscript titled "Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global." Her current project is on the avant-garde and the forms of nature.
Leigh Anne Duck is assistant professor of English at the University of Memphis and author of The Nation's Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism (Georgia, 2006). She has published articles on William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, V. S. Naipaul, and Alice Walker and is at work on a comparative project on southern U.S. and South African writing.
Ed Pavlić is director of the graduate creative writing program at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Crossroads Modernism: Descent and Emergence in African-American Literary Culture (Minnesota, 2002) and two volumes of poetry, Paraph of Bone and Other Kinds of Blue (Copper Canyon, 2001) and Labors Lost Left Unfinished (Sheep Meadow, 2006). He has published articles on James Baldwin, David Bradley, William Faulkner, Robert Hayden, Terrance Hayes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Yusef Komunyakaa. He is at work on a trilogy of novellas concerning the life, death, and music of Donny Hathaway. [End Page 317]