Tom Barden is professor emeritus of English and former Dean of the Honors College at the University of Toledo. His research areas are American folklore and American literature, with a focus on John Steinbeck. His book-length works include Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves, The Travels of Peter Woodhouse, Virginia Folk Legends, Hungarian American Toledo, and Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Swansea, Wales in 1993–94, and is the current Phi Kappa Phi National Scholar through 2014. In retirement, he teaches as an adjunct instructor at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.
Mary M. Brown is 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.
Paul Douglass is Professor of English and American Literature at San José State University, where he was named “President’s Scholar” in 2008, He is the author of Bergson, Eliot, and American Literature (1986), co-editor with Frederick Burwick of Bergson and the Vitalist Controversy (1992; 2010), and editor of T. S. Eliot, Dante, and the Idea of Europe (2011), and has served as Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.
Kevin Hearle is the revision editor of the 2nd Viking Critical Library edition of The Grapes of Wrath: Text and Criticism, and the co-editor of Beyond Boundaries: Rereading John Steinbeck. He completed all of the work published here during his recently concluded five year appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.
Barbara a. Heavilin serves as editor in chief of Steinbeck Review and has published numerous articles and books on John Steinbeck. She was awarded [End Page 187] the Pruis Award for outstanding contributions to Steinbeck studies and is professor emeritus of Taylor University. She currently teaches literature classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her book titled From an Existential Vacuum to a Tragic Optimism: The Search for Meaning and Presence of God in Modern Literature is to be published by Cambridge Scholars Press in early 2014.
Kathleen Hicks is a curriculum developer at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University in 2003. Her scholarly interests include 20th-Century American literature and environmental ethics. Currently, she serves as the Bibliographer and writes the “Steinbeck Today” feature for The Steinbeck Review.
Luchen Li serves as President of the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars. He was author, co-author, editor, and co-editor for such publications as John Steinbeck’s Global Dimensions, John Steinbeck: A Documentary Volume, Critical Companion to John Steinbeck, and numerous book chapters and articles in literary and cultural studies. Li teaches literature, communication, and global leadership. He is Associate Dean of Global Programs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Ryder W. Miller is the editor of From Narnia to a Space Odyssey, co-writer of San Francisco: A Natural History, and author to Tales of Suspense and Horror. He has been published in science and literary publications, including: RAINTAXI, IROSF, The Bloomsbury Review, Mercury, Ad Astra, San Francisco Book Review, Portland Book Review, and Steinbeck Review. He has also presented at Steinbeck Conferences.
James Mumford is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia’s interdisciplinary Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. As an undergraduate he read English at Oxford and later was a Henry Fellow at Yale studying political theory and religion, before receiving his PhD at Oxford. He published Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique and has written for The Huffington Post, The Spectator and Standpoint and posts regularly on his own site http://www.iwritewhatilike.net.
Felicia Marie Preece is a pre-doctoral candidate at Wayne State University.
William Ray, an independent Steinbeck scholar in the Bay Area, is the editor of five books, the organist at Steinbeck’s childhood church in Salinas, and the founder and editorial director of a new Steinbeck...