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Michael Bucher is a research assistant at the Universität du Köln, where he has been teaching courses on American literature and queer theory. He is coeditor of the essay collection Between Science and Fiction. The Hollow Earth as Concept and Conceit (LIT Verlag, 2012). He is writing a dissertation on the work of John Rechy and lives in Berlin.

Joshua Yu Burnett is an assistant professor of English at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled My Left Arm, Her Twin Blades: Narratives of Resistance in Black Speculative Fiction. His research interests concern black speculative fiction, both African American and diasporic, and also include afrofuturism, queer studies, the music of Janelle Monáe, resistance, and intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.

Cyrus Cassells is the author of six books of poetry, including The Crossed-Out Swastika (Copper Canyon, 2012) and the forthcoming The Gospel According to Wild Indigo. He was also a finalist for the Balcones Poetry Prize for Best Book of 2012. Among his other honors a Lannan Literary Award, a Lambda Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and two NEA grants.

Simon Dickel is an assistant professor of American studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He is the author of Black/Gay: The Harlem Renaissance, the Protest Era, and Constructions of Black Gay Identity in the 1980s and 90s (Michigan State UP, 2011) and the coeditor of After the Storm: The Cultural Politics of Hurricane Katrina (Columbia UP, 2015). His current research is focused on phenomenological views of embodiment.

Thomas Foster is a professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of The Souls of Cyberfolk: Posthumanism as Vernacular Theory (U of Minnesota P, 2005), along with numerous articles on contemporary science fiction.

Timothy M. Griffiths is a Ph.D. candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a teaching fellow at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His dissertation, entitled Ecstatic Belonging: Sex, Natural Science, and American Cultural Development, 1830-1905, is a study of the popular scientific assumptions that undergird sympathy and collectivity in American culture. His work has previously appeared in Callaloo and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Kala B. Hirtle is a Killam-funded doctoral candidate in English at Dalhousie University. Her dissertation builds on her interest in medical humanities and is tentatively titled “Altered States of Consciousness: Gender, Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse, and Gothic Literature.”

Jolene Hubbs is an associate professor of American studies at the University of Alabama. She teaches and writes about twentieth-century U. S. literature and has published articles on Dorothy Allison, Charles Chesnutt, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor in journals such as Mississippi Quarterly and Southern Literary Journal.

Ann Matsuuchi is an instructional technology librarian and associate professor at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Her research interests include gender issues in science fiction, online communities, and comic books. Forthcoming projects focus on the work of Octavia E. Butler and Melvin Van Peebles. [End Page 391]

Nicole McCleese is a lecturer in the department of English language and literature at Central Michigan University with a specialization in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature. Her research on masochism and temporality focuses on feminist and queer speculative fiction.

Magali Roy-Fequiere’s work is forthcoming in Cave Canem Anthology XIII and the Squaw Valley Review. Having graduated from her three-year Cave Canem fellowship in 2013, she continued to apprentice at VONA and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She teaches gender and women’s studies at Knox College and is the author of Women, Creole Identity, and Intellectual Life in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico (Temple UP, 2004).

L. H. Stallings is an associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Maryland-College Park. Stallings is the author of Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (U of Illinois P, 2015) and Mutha is Half a Word: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (Ohio State UP, 2007).

Kirin Wachter-Grene is a full-time lecturer at New York University and received her Ph.D. in English from the...


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