Cecily Parks is the author of the poetry chapbook Cold Work (2005) and the collection Field Folly Snow (2008). “The Swamps of Emily Dickinson” is drawn from her scholarly book manuscript “Swamp Aesthetics,” which introduces experimental texts by women writers such as Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Mary Austin, and Susan Howe into the discussion of American environmental literature. An essay from this project is forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. She has taught poetry most recently at Columbia University and Emerson College.
Michelle Kohler is Assistant Professor of English at Tulane University. Her essays on Dickinson have appeared in the Emily Dickinson Journal and Nineteenth-Century Literature, and essays on the relationship of visual perception to literary form have appeared in the Chaucer Review and American Literary Realism, with another forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly. Her book, Miles of Stare: The Problem of Literary Vision in Nineteenth-Century America, is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press.
Ryan Cull is Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University. He has previously published essays on Richard Rorty’s critique of William James in Philosophy and Literature, on Marianne Moore’s environmentalist epistemology in Paideuma, and on Emily Dickinson’s lyric sociality in Nineteenth-Century Literature. An essay explaining how Walt Whitman’s social ontology lies at the heart of his vision of radical democracy is forthcoming in Criticism.
Nancy Mayer is Associate Professor at Northwest Missouri State University and retires from her position this June. Her essays about Dickinson’s poetry have appeared in various publications over the last decade, including the Emily Dickinson Journal and Blackwell’s A Companion to Emily Dickinson. Essays on Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, and Victorian women novelists with and without Dickinson have appeared in The Concord Saunterer, The Midwest Quarterly, and The Hudson Review.
George Monteiro is Professor Emeritus of English and of Portuguese and Brazilian at Brown University. He is a lifelong student and teacher of nineteenth-and twentieth-century American literature, contributing to the scholarship on many writers, including Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Adams, Henry James, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, [End Page 103] William Faulkner, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, and Bob Dylan. His latest books are Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and After: A Poetic Career Transformed (2012), As Paixões de Pessoa (2013), and The Gávea-Brown Book of Portuguese-American Poetry, co-edited with Alice R. Clemente (2013).
Christina Pugh is Associate Professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as Consulting Editor for Poetry. She is the author of three books of poems: Grains of the Voice (2013), Restoration (2008), and Rotary (2004), which received the Word Press First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and other publications; and her criticism has appeared in Poetry, the Emily Dickinson Journal, and Literary Imagination. She is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Illinois Arts Council.