- Contributor Biographies
Katherine Evans is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century performance texts by Native American dramatists.
Robin Riley Fast grew up in southeast Alaska and teaches literature at Emerson College in Boston. She has written The Heart as a Drum: Continuance and Resistance in American Indian Poetry and numerous essays on Native poetry and prose, and she has coedited Approaches to Teaching Dickinson's Poetry with Christine Mack Gordon.
William Huggins is pursuing graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and reads compulsively. A southwesterner by birth, he is also deeply enmeshed in wilderness and conservation work in several states.
Sam McKegney is a teacher and scholar of Indigenous and Canadian literatures at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School and several articles on Indigenous issues in Canadian and American journals. His research interests include Indigenous governance and its pursuit through art, multiculturalism as an ideal and in practice, hockey culture, masculinity theory, and literary activism.
Julie A. Pelletier teaches at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a liberal arts college that, because of its history as an Indian boarding school, offers an Indian tuition waiver. Her research and applied interests include Indigenous identity, Indian gaming, research ethics and methodologies, [End Page 115] and the pedagogies of anthropology and American Indian studies. She is Métis of French, Maliseet, and Mi'kmaq descent, with dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.
Barbara K. Robbins is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She teaches courses in Native American literature for the Department of English and Native American Studies Program. She has published on the works of Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, and Geary Hobson. Her research focus is healing trauma with art, and she has a forthcoming article on the totem art of Jewell James in The International Journal of the Humanities.
Bryan Russell is of Cherokee, Choctaw, Czech, and German heritage. He is presently working on a dissertation dealing with mixed-blood discourse and blood identity in Cherokee and Choctaw literature. His interests also include Cherokee and Choctaw language.
Rose Stremlau is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the oldest historically American Indian state university in the United States. She has published on Native communities' experiences of sexual violence, and she currently is writing about gender and family in the Cherokee Nation.
Annette Van Dyke is a professor of English and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield and a long-time admirer of Paula Gunn Allen, whom she first met in the 1980s.
Amy Ware is a doctoral candidate in American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, "The Cherokee Kid: Will Rogers and the Tribal Genealogies of American Indian Celebrity," details Will Rogers's connections to the Cherokee Nation.
Jace Weaver is professor of Native American studies and director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia. He specializes in Native literature and culture and federal Indian law. He has ten books and numerous articles to his credit. He is the coauthor of American Indian Literary Nationalism (with Craig Womack and Robert Warrior). His most recent book is the forthcoming Notes from a Miner's Canary: Messages from the Underground of Redboy. [End Page 116]
Caroline Wigginton is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, entitled "Imagined Intimacies: Women's Writing, Community, and Affiliation in Eighteenth-Century Colonial America," considers questions of race and gender during the period. Her essay, "In a Red Petticoat: Interpreting Coosaponakeesa's Performance of Creek Sovereignty in Colonial Georgia," is forthcoming in Native Acts: Indian Performance in Early North America, edited by Joshua David Bellin and Laura Mielke.
Eric A. Wolfe is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of English at the University of North Dakota. [End Page 117]