- Contributor Biographies
Jeane T’áaw Xíwa Breinig (Haida) is professor of English and associate dean of humanities at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she teaches American Indian and Alaska Native literatures. Her research interests include oral history, Native language revitalization, and indigenous theories and methods. She has worked with her mother, (Julie Wahligidouk Coburn) and other Alaska Native elders on oral interview projects and language materials development. She has published poetry and articles, is contributing editor of Alaska Native Writers, Storytellers, and Orators: The Expanded Edition, and is coediting a book about Alaska Native perspectives on statehood.
Meredith Coffey is a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned her MA. She received her BA in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently her research focuses on contemporary Anglophone African fiction and American indigenous literatures.
Sandra Cox completed her PhD in English at the University of Kansas in 2011 and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at Shawnee State University. Her most recent article, which examines the craft and politics of Two-Spirit Menominee poet Chrystos, was published in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. When she is not encouraging her students to reread Silko’s Ceremony, you may find her chasing short-legged dogs in the foothills of Appalachia or hard at work on her first monograph, which explores the ethical challenges of ethnographic criticism of contemporary fiction by American writers of color. [End Page 141]
Lauren Grewe is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on early American Indian literatures and nineteenth-century American poetry. She recently returned from a Fulbright Fellowship in Bangladesh.
Mary Catherine Harper is a professor and McCann Chair in the Humanities at Defiance College in Ohio, where she teaches literature and creative writing. She received her PhD in literary theory and creative writing at Bowling Green State University and her undergraduate degree at Montana State University. Her creative projects include both poetry and website design, and she explores the intertextuality of various literatures, the visual arts, cultural representation, and the philosophical Sublime. She has published in Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, FemSpec, and the New York Review of Science Fiction.
Linda Lizut Helstern is an associate professor of English at North Dakota State University in Fargo, where she teaches Native and twentieth-century American literature. She has published widely on Gerald Vizenor and Louis Owens and is currently working on a project on Native literature and traditional ecological knowledge.
Rebecca M. Lush is an assistant professor of early American literature in the Literature and Writing Studies Department at California State University, San Marcos. Her research focuses on the representation of Native American characters in colonial literature and literature of the early U.S. republic. Additionally, she studies and teaches Native American literature of all eras. She is currently completing a book project that chronicles the development of the Native American woman character in colonial and early American literature.
Emily Lutenski is an assistant professor of American studies at Saint Louis University. Her work focuses on comparative ethnic literatures and cultures, modernism, and gender studies and has previously appeared in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and Western American Literature. Her book, provisionally titled Beyond Harlem: New Negro Cartographies of the American West, is under contract with the University Press of Kansas. [End Page 142]
Kenneth M. Roemer, Piper Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Distinguished Scholar Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, has published three books on American Indian literatures, including the coedited Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. He has written four books on utopian literature. He directed four NEH Summer Seminars on Native literatures, and for the past seventeen years, he has been an adviser for his university’s Native American Students Association.
A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff is professor emerita of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is also former interim director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous History, the Newberry Library (1999–2000). She is the author of American Indian Literatures: An Introduction and Bibliography and the editor of books by...