Max Cavitch . . .
is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves on the Advisory and Executive Councils of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. He is the author of American Elegy: The Poetry of Mourning from the Puritans to Whitman (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2007) and of essays on a variety of topics in the journals American Literary History, American Literature, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Early American Literature, Screen, and Victorian Poetry.
Michael Cohen . . .
is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Macalester College. He works on nineteenth-century American poetry and culture and has published articles on John Greenleaf Whittier and Paul Laurence Dunbar, among others. His current book project, "The Social Lives of Poems in Nineteenth-Century America," studies the ways in which poems moved through the world, focusing on the relationships between genres, media, circulation, and reading, and on the cultural work of poems.
Rebecka Rutledge Fisher . . .
is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She contributed the introduction and notes to a new edition of Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative (Barnes and Noble, 2005), and she has published essays on W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, and Albert Murray in such venues as Modern Fiction Studies, New Centennial Review, Belles Lettres, and the collection Race and Ethnicity: Across Time and Space. She is currently at work on two book-length projects: the first is a single-author study titled "The Poetics of Being: Toward a Theory of Metaphor in African American Literature"; the second is a critical anthology of essays on the work of Paul Gilroy, coedited with Professor Jay Garcia. [End Page 282]
Kirsten Silva Gruesz . . .
is the author of Ambassadors of Culture: The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing (Princeton Univ. Press, 2002). She has published numerous articles on nineteenth-century poetry and Spanish-language print culture and is presently completing a book on language ideologies.
Virginia Jackson . . .
teaches at Tufts University as Associate Professor. Her book Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton Univ. Press, 2005) won the 2005 MLA First Book Prize and the 2006 Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa. Her second book, Before Modernism: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry in Public, is forthcoming next year from Princeton. Jackson publishes on eighteenth-, nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century American poetry and comparative poetics.
Mary Loeffelholz . . .
Professor of English and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University, is the author of Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory (Univ. of Illinois Press, 1991), Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900–1945 (Twayne, 1992), and From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004). She is also the editor, with Martha Nell Smith, of the Blackwell Companion to Emily Dickinson. Her essay in this issue is part of a book-length project now underway on anthology form in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American poetry.
Eliza Richards . . .
Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaches and writes about nineteenth-century American literatures and cultures. Her first book, Gender and the Poetics of Reception in Poe's Circle (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004), examines the reciprocal relations between Poe and women poets, particularly in the New York salon and publishing scene of the 1840s. She is currently writing a book on the circulation of poetry during and after the U.S. Civil War. [End Page 283]
Jessica Forbes Roberts . . .
is Assistant Professor of American Literature at Albion College and coeditor of Penguin's Nineteenth-Century American Poetry (1996). Her essays have appeared in Callaloo and in the edited collections Representations of Death in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Writing and Culture (Ashgate, 2007) and The Cultural History of Reading (Greenwood, 2009). She is currently working on a book project titled "The Poetic Legacy of the Civil War: Sarah Piatt, Herman Melville, and the American Culture of Anthologies."
Bethany Schneider . . .
is Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. Her essays in American Indian Studies have appeared in ELH and SAQ. She is coediting with Mark Rifkin and Daniel Heath Justice a special issue...