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TARA BYNUM is a Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Literature in the Department of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is completing a book project that examines the possibility of pleasure in early African American literature. Her academic writing has appeared in Legacy, Criticism, and Common-place.

JULIE R. ENSZER is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. Her book project, A Fine Bind: Lesbian-Feminist Publishing from 1969 through 1989, examines the cultural and political significance of lesbian-feminist print culture. Her scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in Frontiers, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Feminist Studies, and Southern Cultures. Enszer is also the editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom and curator of the Lesbian Poetry Archive,

ERIC GARDNER’s Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature won the Research Society for American Periodicals Book Award and was a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” in 2010. His new book, Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture was drafted with the support of an NEH Fellowship; the work explores the early years of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s weekly newspaper. His shorter work has appeared in venues ranging from American Literary History to PMLA. He is Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University.

KEITH D. LEONARD is Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at American University. He is the author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights. In addition to publishing essays on the work of Yusef Komunyakaa, Audre Lorde, African American women’s poetry, and jazz in African American literature, Professor Leonard has also served as guest editor for special issues of the journals Callaloo and MELUS.

ADAM LEWIS is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College. He has received fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and from the Bancroft Library. His current research centers on the transnational circulation of antebellum American periodicals. [End Page 195]

JOYCELYN MOODY is Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature and Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she researches and teaches nineteenth-century African American literatures, lives, and sociopolitical contexts. In 2014, she reissued Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (1838) in the imprint series Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture (West Virginia University Press), which she coedits with John Ernest.

ALDON LYNN NIELSEN is the George and Barbara Kelly Professor of American Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. His works of scholarship include Reading Race, Writing between the Lines, C. L. R. James: A Critical Introduction, Black Chant, and Integral Music: Languages of African American Innovation. His books of poetry include Heat Strings, Evacuation Routes, Stepping Razor, VEXT, Mixage, Mantic Semantic, and A Brand New Beggar. A new collection, Tray, is forthcoming from Make New Press.

ANDREÁ N. WILLIAMS is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where she teaches African American and nineteenth-century American literature. She is the author of Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction (2013), which examines class inequality in nineteenth-century African American literature. Professor Williams’s recent essays appear in African American Review, American Literary History, Legacy, and Meridians. Her current research centers on two projects: a study of visual culture in African American periodicals and a book focusing on unmarried women in African American culture.

EVIE SHOCKLEY is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is the author of Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry, as well as two full-length collections of poetry, a half-red sea and the new black (winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry). Professor Shockley currently serves as creative writing editor for Feminist Studies, and her essays and poems appear or are forthcoming in a variety of publications, including the Best American Poetry 2015, Best American Experimental Writing 2015, Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry, Obsidian, boundary2, LitHub, and Poetry...


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