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Marlia E. Banning is assistant professor in the Kent State University English department’s Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice Doctoral Program. In addition to the courses she describes here, she teaches undergraduate classes in argument, women’s studies, and literacy. She teaches graduate courses on literacy, critical ethnographic methods, and writing instruction. Her scholarly interests focus on issues of social and economic justice and the effects of particular discourses on civic engagement.

Jennifer Beech is assistant professor of English and writing center director at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she teaches undergraduate writing courses and graduate courses in composition pedagogy. With scholarly interests in critical and working-class pedagogies, she has published in College English, the IWCA Update, and the Journal of Teaching Academic Survival Skills. Dedicated to academic labor reform, she is also pleased to serve as a member of the Academic Quality Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Lynn Z. Bloom, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut, teaches a range of writing courses, from first-year composition to creative nonfiction and graduate courses in autobiography and composition studies research. The intimate interrelationship of her teaching and her research is reflected in The Essay Canon (2005)—a canon whose research informs her recent textbooks—including The Arlington Reader (2003) and The Essay Connection (7th ed., 2004); Composition Studies as a Creative Art (1998) and Composition Studies in the New Millennium (2004); and a variety of creative nonfiction essays, including “Subverting the Academic Masterplot” (in Narration as Knowledge: Tales of the Teaching Life, ed. Joseph F. Trimmer, 1997) and “Living to Tell the Tale: The Complicated Ethics of Creative Nonfiction” (College English, 2003).

Marsha Bryant is associate professor of English at the University of Florida, where she has received four teaching awards. She is author of Auden and Documentary in the 1930s (1997) and editor of Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature (1996).

Howell Chickering teaches English at Amherst College, where he holds the G. Armour Craig Professorship of Language and Literature. He is the author of Beowulf: A Dual-Language Edition (1977) and many articles on medieval literature.

Alys Culhane’s teaching and writing–related area of specialization has always been creative nonfiction. She acquired her MFA at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She furthered her interest in memory, memoir, and memorabilia by taking courses in which the focus was the history and theory of the personal essay, expressivist discourse, forms of nonfiction, classical rhetoric, and composition pedagogy. Culhane is currently working on a book titled “Headwinds: A Solo Cross-Country Journey across the U.S.” She has taught courses in creative nonfiction writing at several academic institutions including, most recently, Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She recently moved to Palmer, Alaska, where she lives with her partner Pete Praetorius and her two dogs, Bootleg and Rainbow. The bus, now sold, is history.

Patricia Foster just returned to Iowa from a semester’s teaching at Paul Valéry University in southern France, land of fizzy vitamins, tiny cars, pink flamingoes, and white horses. While there, she taught contemporary women’s autobiography and twentieth-century American literature to French undergraduates. At the University of Iowa, she teaches in the MFA Program in Nonfiction, focusing on the narrative essay, the documentary essay, women’s autobiography, and her big love: a course on momentum for graduate students working on book-length nonfiction projects. In the spring of 2003, she was awarded a Dean’s Scholar Award for both teaching and creative work at the University of Iowa. She is the author of All the Lost Girls: Confessions of a Southern Daughter (2000), editor of Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul (1994) and Sister to Sister: Women Write about the Unbreakable Bond (1995), and coeditor, with Mary Swander, of The Healing Circle: Authors Writing of Recovery (1998). She has just completed a book of essays, Just beneath My Skin: Autobiography and Self-Discovery (forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press), and a novel, “The Girls from Soldier Creek.” She is currently writing a second...


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