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  • Contributors

Megan K. Ahern received her Ph.D. in English and women’s studies from the University of Michigan in 2012. She recently completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago.

Justin Campbell is a freelance writer living and working in Los Angeles. He is the winner of the 2013 Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for African American College Writers. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Millions, The Cossack Review, 34th Parallel and others. He can be reached via email at

Christopher G. Diller is a professor of English, rhetoric, and writing at Berry College and the editor of the Broadview Press edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (2009).

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem fellow, and Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, The Feminist Wire, PLUCK! and others. t’ai lives in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at

K. C. Harrison teaches U. S. and global literature courses in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her community work seeking criminal justice reform intersects with her pedagogy and its roots in critical race theory and the goals of social justice. She facilitates a blog featuring writing by ex-offenders and has worked with Voice of Witness helping students collect oral histories of immigration and assess racial climate on campus.

M. Cooper Harriss is an assistant professor in the department of religious studies at Indiana University, where he teaches courses in American and African American religion, literature, and culture. His articles and reviews have appeared in Biblical Interpretation, Callaloo, the Journal of Religion, and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Anne Mai Yee Jansen is an assistant professor in the department of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Her current research focuses on literary activism in twentieth- and twenty-first-century U. S. ethnic literature, as well as the relationship between form and politics.

Alexander Levering Kern is executive director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern University in Boston. A Quaker peace and justice organizer and widely published poet and writer, his work appears in Georgetown Review, The Caribbean Writer, Ibbetson Street, Spiritus, and The Wick (Harvard Divinity School), among others. He is editor of the anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations (Andover Newton, 2006).

Raphaël Lambert (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2001) is an associate professor of African American literature and culture in the department of Anglo-American Studies at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan. His current research focuses on the transatlantic slave trade with an emphasis on the notion of community.

Christopher Leise, an assistant professor of English at Whitman College, is currently completing a book-length study that considers representations of colonial New England in contemporary American fiction. Coeditor of essay collections on William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon, he has essays forthcoming or published in MELUS, Philological Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, and elsewhere. [End Page 445]

David Letzler is an adjunct assistant professor at Queens College at the City University of New York. His other essays on twentieth-century literature have been published in (or are forthcoming from) Contemporary Literature, Studies in the Novel, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and Hypermedia Joyce Studies. He lives in Briarwood, Queens, and spends too much time watching the New York Mets.

Sara Marzioli teaches English at Guilford College and online courses in world literature for Penn State, where she received her Ph.D. in comparative literature in May 2013.

Andrew Pidoux is the author of Year of the Lion (Salt, 2010). He lives in London on the Isle of Dogs.

H. William Rice is chair and professor of English at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of Toni Morrison and the American Tradition (Peter Lang, 1996), Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel (Lexington, 2003), and most recently, The Lost Woods: Stories (U of South Carolina P, 2014). His essays and stories have appeared in many places, including African American Review, Indiana Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.



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