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  • Contributors

Rebecca Balon is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation is on sexuality and queerness in contemporary black literature and theory.

Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Vinyl, At Length, and elsewhere. She is a lecturer and academic advisor at Vanderbilt University, where she received her MFA in poetry in 2009, and her Ph.D. in English in 2012.

Joseph Darda is an assistant professor of English at Texas Christian University. His articles have appeared in such journals as American Literature, Criticism, Journal of American Studies, and Twentieth-Century Literature. In 2014, he edited Literary Counterhistories of U.S. Exceptionalism, a special issue of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory.

Barbara Foley is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the author of Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (Duke UP, 2010), and most recently of Jean Toomer: Repression, Race, and Revolution (U of Illinois P, 2014).

Kristin Gilger is a lecturer at the University of Virginia. She is currently at work on a book project about scrap aesthetics and the material histories of Depression-era America.

Will Harris, an independent scholar, taught English literature for over a decade in the United Arab Emirates. His writing is forthcoming or has been published in The Austin Writer, Cold Mountain Review, CLA Journal, Colorado-North Review, Eleventh Muse, Existere, Glassworks, Mantis, MELUS, NEBULA, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Storyscape, The Trinity Review, Voices in English, Writers’ Forum, and the Zora Neale Hurston Forum. He is writing a book tentatively titled Phillis Wheatley in the African Diaspora Imagination. He is also editing finished drafts of both full-length and chapbook-length poetry manuscripts.

Lisa Hinrichsen is an associate professor of English and director of graduate studies at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of Possessing the Past: Trauma, Imagination, and Memory in Post-Plantation Southern Literature (Louisiana State UP, 2015).

Mark Jones is an English professor and amateur jazz pianist who lives in Blue Island, Illinois. He specializes in the literature of the English Renaissance but finds a way to teach Ralph Ellison every year. Sometimes he plays the euphonium horn.

Benjamin Kahan is an assistant professor of English and women’s and gender studies at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life (Duke UP, 2013) and is currently at work on a new book on sexual etiology.

Katherine R. Lynes is an associate professor of English and Africana studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Her research and teaching areas include African American literature and ecocriticism. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript on black ecopoetics. [End Page 223]

Diana Adesola Mafe is an associate professor of English at Denison University, where she teaches courses in postcolonial, gender, and black studies. She has published articles in Research in African Literatures, American Drama, English Academy Review, Frontiers, Safundi, Camera Obscura, and African Women Writing Resistance. Her book Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature: Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) examines the trope of the “tragic mulatto” from a transnational perspective.

B. B. Martin lives in Dallas with his two children, Rose and Isaiah. He holds a B. A. in English from Southern Methodist University. His work has previously appeared in Coe Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Farfelu Magazine, and others.

Damara Martin is a recent alumna of the University of Miami’s creative writing graduate program. Her writing engages and explores heteronymic identities, specifically female minorities. She hopes to answer one question: quem sou (who am I)?

Michèle Mendelssohn is an associate professor of English at Oxford University. Her second book project examines the legacy of nineteenth-century British decadence in the works of twentieth-century African American writers, especially during the Harlem Renaissance.

Patricia R. Schroeder is the McClure Chair of English and coordinator of American studies at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. Her publications include two books and numerous essays on American drama, as well as more recent works on blues culture. These include...


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