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Krista Comer is an associate professor of English and the associate director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice University. She has written Landscapes of the New West: Gender and Geography in Contemporary Women’s Writing and Surfer Girls in the New World Order. She is working currently on several projects: an engaged research project with San Francisco surfers, a memoir, and a new book whose working title is Decolonizing the US West. In 2002, she was president of the Western Literature Association.

Courtney Fellion teaches film courses at San Francisco State University and the Art Institute of California—San Francisco. Her research explores shifting modes of media exhibition and distribution, place and postregional discourse, and landscape aesthetics. She was a participant in Sundance Film Festival’s Art House Project initiative. She currently works with international experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema in San Francisco.

Sarah Hirsch received her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB and a lecturer in the Writing Program. She works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and maritime studies. She is working on a book, Packet Lines: The Material Markings of Globalization, in which she examines how the rapid networks of capital are articulated and materialized in the literary culture of the seaport.

William V. Lombardi is a doctoral student in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Literature and Environment program. He coauthored Reading Joan Didion with Lynn Marie Houston for Greenwood Press in 2009 and has presented papers examining spatial production in the California landscapes of Ina Coolbrith, Brett Harte, and John Muir. His current work focuses on the confluences of bioregionalism and critical regionalism in Old-, New-, and post-West contexts.

Andy Meyer earned his PhD in 2010 at the University of Washington with a dissertation titled “Occasions of Wildness: Literature, Simultaneity, and Habitation.” After teaching in the UW’s Program on the Environment and as an adjunct instructor of English, he now teaches humanities at the Northwest School.

Eric Morel earned his Master’s in English at the University of Nevada, Reno and is now pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Washington. His work focuses on the intersections among narrative [End Page 223] theory, ecocriticism, and discourses of regionalism, and he is particularly interested in nineteenth-century American literature.

Chris Muniz is a College Doctoral Fellow in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. His research is focused on the intersection of race, identity, and culture in the borderlands and the American West. Dividing his time between his creative and scholarly pursuits, he is currently completing a novel set in the Southwest that explores many of the same themes with which his academic work is concerned.

Randi Lynn Tanglen is an assistant professor of English at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Her work has previously appeared in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

Sarah D. Wald is an assistant professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Drew University. She received her PhD in American studies at Brown University in 2009, where her dissertation was honored with the Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award. She is currently completing a book titled The Nature of Citizenship: Race, Labor, and Nature in Representations of Californian Farmers and Farm Workers.

Paul Wickelson is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Utah. He is currently finishing a dissertation on the gothic tradition in the literature and culture of the US West during the neoliberal age. He is especially interested in the areas of environmental humanities, globalization theory, and subaltern studies.

Alex Trimble Young is a graduate student at the University of Southern California. He is at work on a dissertation on the use of frontier rhetoric and the origins of postmodernism in the post-1945 countercultural literatures of the United States.


Peter Alexander (b. 1939) was born in Los Angeles and received his BA and MFA from UCLA. As part of the Light and Space Movement in Southern California in the 1960s, Alexander attained prominence with translucent resin...


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