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John Shoptaw is Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery's Poetry (1994) and of the libretto for Eric Sawyer's opera on the Lincoln assassination, Our American Cousin (2008). He is currently finishing a book of poems, Times Beach.

Michelle Kohler is Assistant Professor of English at Tulane University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century American literature. Her essays on the relationship between vision and literary form have appeared in the Emily Dickinson Journal, American Literary Realism, and the Chaucer Review, and she is currently writing a book on visual metaphors and the literary imagination in nineteenth-century America.

Aaron Shackelford is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation uses trauma theory and antebellum depictions of violence to reevaluate the representational strategies of literature written during the American Civil War.

Kristen Kreider is a practicing artist and writer. She collaborates with artist and architect James O'Leary to make performance, installation and multi-media work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest. Kreider + O'Leary have performed and exhibited in the UK, as well as internationally in Europe, the U.S., Australia, and Japan. Kreider completed a practice-based PhD between the Slade School of Fine Art and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, developing a "material poetics" at the crossover of poetry, fine art and spatial practice. Formerly a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and Teaching Fellow in History and Theory at both the Slade and the Bartlett, Kreider is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Domhnall Mitchell is Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. He is the author of Measures of Possibility: Editing Dickinson's Manuscripts (2005), Emily Dickinson: Monarch of Perception (2000), and co-editor with Maria Stuart of The International Reception of Emily Dickinson (2009).

Martha Nell Smith is Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives, with Lara Vetter and Ellen Louise Hart, she coedited Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: [End Page 130] A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry (2008), a digital scholarly edition. Her other publications include scores of articles and five books on Dickinson, the most recent being A Companion to Emily Dickinson (2008), edited with Mary Loeffelholz, and Emily Dickinson, A User's Guide (2011). At present she is writing a biography of Susan Dickinson.

Daneen Wardrop is the author of four books, including most recently Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing (2009), and a book of poems, The Odds of Being (2008). A professor at Western Michigan University, she teaches American literature.

Logan Esdale is Assistant Professor of English at Chapman University. He recently published "The Saintsbury Years of Marianne Moore" in Textual Cultures, and forthcoming is his critical edition of Gertrude Stein's novel Ida (1941). It will include archival materials that reveal Stein's creative process.

Sabine Sielke is Chair of North American Literature and Culture, Director of the North American Studies Program, the German-Canadian Centre, and the Forum Women and Gender Studies at Bonn University. Her book publications include Reading Rape (2002), Fashioning the Female Subject (1997), the series Transcription, and the (co-)editions Orient and Orientalism in US-American Poetry and Poetics (2009), The Body as Interface (2007), Gender Talks (2006), 18x15: amerikanische post: moderne (2003), Der 11. September 2001 (2002), Making America (2001), and Engendering Manhood (1998). She is currently working on projects at the crossroads of cultural studies and the sciences.

Martin Greenup is a graduate student in the Department of English at Harvard University. His dissertation explores the aesthetics of animation in Dickinson's poetry.

Katie Peterson teaches literature and writing at Bennington College. She is the author of a book of poems, This One Tree, published by New Issues in 2006. She earned a doctorate in English at Harvard University.

Susan Snively is the author of four books of poetry, including The Undertow (1998) and Skeptic Traveler (2005). She has...


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