R. W. Franklin, director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, is author of The Editing of Emily Dickinson (1967) and the editor of The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (1981) and The Master Letters of Emily Dickinson (1986). He is completing an edition of Dickinson's poems to be published by the Harvard University Press.
Ellen Louise Hart is completing a dissertation at the University of California, Santa Cruz on the re-editing of Dickinson's manuscripts. She has published essays on Dickinson's letters and poems and on literacy and pedagogy. Since 1984 she has been a member of the Writing Program at UC-Santa Cruz and currently teaches courses on writing and place, detective fiction, and the literature of friendship.
George Monteiro, who serves as a trustee of the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust, has had a career-long scholarly interest in all things Dickinson. Among his publications are a facsimile edition of the 1890s volumes of Dickinson's poetry and, in collaboration with Barton Levi St. Armand, The Experienced Emblem: A Study of the Poetry of Emily Dickinson, published in Prospects 6 (1981).
David Porter is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has published widely on American literature and literary theory, including the nature of literary innovation in Emerson and Literary Change and Dickinson: The Modern Idiom (Harvard University Press). He has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally on recent shifts in literary study and is currently completing a book on the crossings between pictorial and verbal sign systems. [End Page 131]
Erika Scheurer is Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches writing and writing theory and is interested in the areas where composition and literary studies intersect. Building on this interest, her current project is a study of Emily Dickinson in light of contemporary voice theory.
William H. Shurr, Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, is author of New Poems of Emily Dickinson (Chapel Hill, 1993) and The Marriage of Emily Dickinson (Kentucky, 1983), as well as other books and essays on American authors. Most recendy he was the Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Athens.
Martha Nell Smith is author of Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (1992), and, with Suzanne Juhasz and Cristanne Miller, co-author of Comic Power in Emily Dickinson (1993). With Ellen Louise Hart, she is currently completing The Book of Susan and Emily Dickinson. She has also published on H. D., Toi Derricotte, Judy Grahn, Adrienne Rich, other modern and contemporary women poets, and rock and roller Bruce Springsteen. She is completing a volume on lesbian / gay images in American popular culture and is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Lewis Turco is Professor of English and founding Director of the Program in Writing Arts at the State University of New York at Oswego. His most recent book is Emily Dickinson, Woman of Letters, published in 1993 by the State University of New York Press. His current book project is The Oxford Handbook of Literary Forms. [End Page 132]