Lara Haworth is from London, UK, and holds an MFA in Performance from the University of British Columbia. She divides her time between her work as an artist and as an academic. Her performance projects have toured nationally and internationally; she recently returned from a commission in Japan, where she premiered a new show, The Library Project. She has been published in LAKE Journal of Arts and Environment, and has co-authored articles forthcoming in Polish Theatre Perspectives and Routledge’s Visual Reader.
Joe Lockard is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University. He writes on the literature of slavery and directs the Antislavery Literature Project, a free accessible online resource. His latest book, co-edited with Cynthia Fuchs, is Iraq War Cultures (Peter Lang, 2011).
Ilya Parkins is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. Her research on feminist social theory, fashion, and cultures of modernism and modernity has been published in Time and Society, Australian Feminist Studies, and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, among other interdisciplinary journals. She is the co-editor, with Elizabeth M. Sheehan, of Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion (U of New Hampshire P, 2011), and the author of Poiret, Dior and Schiaparelli: Fashion, Femininity and Modernity (Berg, 2012).
Edward Shannon is Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he teaches courses in American Literature and American studies. He has previously published on a variety of topics, including the work of Mark Twain, Patricia Highsmith, Woody Guthrie, and Art Spiegelman.
Sidonie Smith is Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Michigan. Her fields of interest include human rights and personal narrative, autobiography studies, women’s studies in literature more generally, feminist theory, and postcolonial literatures. Her most recent books include the second, expanded edition of Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (with Julia Watson, U of Minnesota P, 2010); and Human Rights and Narrated Lives: The Ethics of Recognition (with Kay Schaffer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Phyllis Wachter, compiler of Biography’s annual bibliography for over twenty years, continues to teach and conduct life writing research. [End Page 878]
Julia Watson is Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. With Sidonie Smith she has co-authored Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (expanded edition, U of Minnesota P, 2010) and co-edited five collections of essays on life narrative. Watson’s recent essays are on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and on counter-ethnography. She and Smith are working on an essay on online lives.
Aiko Yamamoto is a PhD student in English at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa. She is studying literature of Hawai‘i and Oceania, decolonial theory and literature, and histories of ‘āina-based activism. She was raised in Kāne‘ohe. [End Page 879]