Scott Abbott is a professor of philosophy, humanities, and integrated studies at Utah Valley University. His publications include Fictions of Freemasonry: Freemasonry and the German Novel; translations of works by Peter Handke; and articles on the work of Goethe, Kleist, Rilke, Grass, and Handke, on the metaphor of standing, and on barbed wire as a literary motif.
Lyn Ellen Bennett is an associate professor of history at Utah Valley University. Her research has focused on nineteenth-century divorce in the American West and the history of barbed wire.
Mary M. Brown is a professor of English at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing. An associate editor of Steinbeck Review, she is currently working on a collection of poems inspired by the life and work of John Steinbeck.
Charles Etheridge was first warped toward Steinbeck studies at a tender age when his mother gave him a Reader’s Digest anthology that included excerpts from The Grapes of Wrath. Influenced by Mimi Reisel Gladstein’s undergraduate Steinbeck seminar at the University of Texas at El Paso, since then, he has puttered along Steinbeck’s mythic Route 66 and through the dusty roads of the Salinas Valley, and has even travelled across America with Charlie, forever in search of a new Steinbeck topic to write about. His work has found homes in The Steinbeck Question, The John Steinbeck Encylopedia, Steinbeck Review, and other Steinbeck titles. He teaches at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi.
Barbara A. Heavilin is author or editor of several books and articles on Steinbeck as well as The Quaker Presence in America and is a professor emeritus of Taylor University. She currently teaches literature at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and serves as Editor in Chief of Steinbeck Review. Her latest book, The Presence of God in Modern Literature: Viktor Frankl’s “Tragic Optimism,” is to be published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2013. [End Page 90]
Kathleen Hicks is a lecturer in the Department of English at Arizona State University, where she is the online education coordinator for writing programs. She also serves as the “Steinbeck Today” editor and bibliographer for the Steinbeck Review.
Audry Lynch is a member of South Bay Writers and author of With Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez and Steinbeck Remembered, the latter containing twenty interviews with people who knew the man behind the books during his California years. Several of her interviews have appeared in Steinbeck Review.
Michael J. Meyer was a beloved and prolific Steinbeck scholar. Editor of the updated Hayashi Steinbeck Bibliography, 1982–1996 and co-editor with Brian Railsback of A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia, he published numerous books, chapters, and articles on this author. He also served as assistant editor of Steinbeck Quarterly.
Edward F. Ricketts (1897–1948) was a biologist and was a close friend of Steinbeck from 1930 to 1948 who undoubtedly had a profound influence on the writer. Many of Ricketts’s philosophical and ecological views are reflected in Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez and in other works from The Grapes of Wrath to America and Americans.
Susan Shillinglaw is a professor of English at San José State University and recipient of the 2013 President’s Scholar Award. She is also scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center and author of A Journey into Steinbeck’s California (Roaring Forties Press), as well as other essays on Steinbeck. Forthcoming in September 2013 is her biography of Carol and John Steinbeck and their circle (University of Nevada Press).
Roy S. Simmonds was a member of the Royal Navy during World War II and served as a telegraphist on British destroyers, afterwards joining the Inland Revenue Service in London, a position from which he retired in March 1985. A scholar at heart, he published articles and books on William March, Edward O’Brien, and John Steinbeck, among others. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 1999. [End Page 91]
Jeffrey Wayne Yeager hails from Oceana, West Virginia. He earned his B.A. from Concord University in English and history in 2010 and an M.A. in English from Ohio University in 2012. Currently, he...