Jessica Lang is assistant professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York. She has published articles on Early American and Jewish American literature. Her work in progress includes a book on reading in the early Republic and a collection of essays on the Holocaust in American literature. She is a 2007 recipient of a Whiting Foundation teaching award.
Norman Finkelstein is professor of English at Xavier University. His books of criticism include The Utopian Moment in Contemporary American Poetry (Bucknell, 1988), The Ritual of New Creation: Jewish Tradition and Contemporary Poetry (SUNY, 1992), and Not One of Them in Place: Modern Poetry and Jewish American Identity (SUNY, 2001). He has also published five volumes of poetry, including Track, a serial poem (Spuyten Duyvil 1999, 2002, 2005). He is completing a book on religious revisionism in contemporary serial poems.
Dean J. Franco, associate professor of English at Wake Forest University, is the author of Ethnic American Literature: Comparing Chicano, Jewish, and African American Writing (Virginia, 2006) and the editor of a special issue of Philip Roth Studies on Roth and race (2006). He is at work on a book on Jewish American literature and race, rights, and religion.
Timothy Aubry is assistant professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York, and the author of articles on the Oprah Winfrey book club, postwar suburbia, and Don DeLillo. As the recipient of a one-year Whiting research fellowship, he is putting the finishing touches on a book manuscript devoted to contemporary American fiction and the therapeutic paradigm.
Ryan Hibbett is visiting assistant professor of English at Northern Illinois University. He has published articles on Ted Hughes and on indie rock.
Michael Thurston, associate professor of English at Smith College, is the author of Making Something Happen: American Political Poetry between the World Wars (North Carolina, 2001) and the co-editor of Modernism, Inc.: Body, Memory, Capital (NYU, 2001). He has published articles on Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Langston Hughes, and Robert Lowell and is at work on a manuscript on the underworld descent in twentieth-century poetry.
Susan Strehle is interim dean of the school of education and professor of English at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She is the author of Fiction in the Quantum Universe (North Carolina, 1992) and [End Page 159] Transnational Women's Fiction: Unsettling Home and Homeland (Palgrave, 2008) and the co-editor of Doubled Plots: Romance and History (Mississippi, 2003). Her current project is an exploration of diasporic and migrant writing, including fiction from South Asia, Africa, and Australia.
Libbie Rifkin, a full-time adjunct professor of English at Georgetown University, is the author of Career Moves: Olson, Creeley, Zukofsky, Berrigan, and the American Avant-Garde (Wisconsin, 2000). She has published articles on twentieth-century American poetry and poetics, social poetics, and AIDS and poetry. [End Page 160]