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Joni Adamson ( is an Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University. Her essays have appeared in Teaching North American Environmental Literature and Globalization on the Line: Culture, Capital, and Citizenship at U.S. Borders. Currently, she is working on a manuscript, “Mother/Matrix: Environmental Issues in Literature and Film,” which examines how texts ranging from de Crèvecœur’s Letters from an American Farmer to the Wachowski Brothers’ The Matrix, reimagine community, justice, and ecoglobal health.

Shirley Carrie ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Queens College (CUNY), where she specializes in African American and Caribbean literature. Her current book project, Plantations Within and Without: Myth, Memory, Nostalgia in the American Postbellum Era (1880–1925), explores the intertwined relationship between nostalgia, cultural production, and African American disenfranchisement in the post- Reconstruction era.

Shiuh-huah Serena Chou ( received her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California in 2007, and is Assistant Professor at National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. Her teaching and research focus on American as well as Taiwanese/ Chinese nature writing. She is currently at work on Asian American agrarian experience and images of Asia in environmental literature.

June Dwyer ( is a Professor of English at Manhattan College. She has written books on John Masefield and Jane Austen, as well as a number of articles on ethnic American literature and environmental literature. Her most recent work has appeared in Modern Language Studies, ISLE, and the South Atlantic Review.

Cheryl J. Fish ( has recently published an essay on teaching interdisciplinary environmental justice courses in Teaching North American Environmental Literature. She also has essays forthcoming in Discourse and TOPIA, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Fish is an Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She taught environmental studies as a Fulbright lecturer in Finland and also has taught American Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Black and White Women’s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations (University Press of Florida, 2004). [End Page 207]

John Gamber ( is an Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. He has coedited Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits, and published articles about the novels of Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe) and Louis Owens (Choctaw/Cherokee). His current project examines the role of waste and pollution in late-twentieth-century US ethnic literatures.

Tom J. Hillard ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University, where he teaches courses on early American literature, nature writing, Western American literature, and the literary Gothic. He is also coeditor of the Boise State University Western Writers Series. He recently edited and compiled a teacher’s guide to The Future of Nature: Writing on a Human Ecology from Orion Magazine, edited by Barry Lopez (Milkweed Editions, 2007).

Janis Johnson ( is an Assistant Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Idaho, where she teaches ethnic American literatures, the literature of environmental justice, and American Indian literature and film. Current projects include compiling the history of the Nez Perce Tribe’s jazz and swing bands and exploring trauma and healing in Sherman Alexie’s most recent novels. She also produces an annual Native film festival, Sapatq’ayn Cinema.

Annette Kolodny is Professor Emerita of American Literature and Culture at the University of Arizona, where she previously served as Dean of the College of Humanities. Her experience in academic administration and her views on pressing higher education policy issues are the subject of her Failing the Future: A Dean Looks at Higher Education in the Twenty-first Century (2000). She is best known for her studies of feminist ecoliterary criticism, The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters (1975) and The Land Before Her: Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, 1630–1860 (1984). Kolodny has most recently published a classroom-friendly edition of a lost 1893 masterpiece of Native American literature...


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