jon falsarella dawson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He is currently revising a book manuscript that analyzes how socio-economic conditions in California influenced the fiction of Frank Norris, Jack London, and John Steinbeck. He has published articles in the Thomas Wolfe Review and Studies in American Naturalism.
laura delucia teaches at Bowling Green State University and lives in Toledo, Ohio.
barbara a. heavilin is professor emeritus from Taylor University and recipient of the Pruis Award for her contribution to John Steinbeck studies. She serves as editor in chief of Steinbeck Review and has published numerous articles and books on John Steinbeck, among them Steinbeck and His Contemporaries, co-edited with Stephen K. George. Also, with Charles Heavilin, she co-edited The Quaker Presence in America. Her recent book, The Search for Meaning and Presence of God in Modern Literature, was published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2014. She is writing a book on John Steinbeck’s epic trilogy—The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and The Winter of Our Discontent—and on occasion teaches literature classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
kathleen hicks is an instructional designer at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2003. Her scholarly interests include eco-criticism and modern American literature with particular emphasis on land ethics and the role of landscape in the American literary imagination. She is currently serving as the Associate Editor for Steinbeck Review.
daniel levin has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in England. He is the president of a contract pharmaceutical development and [End Page 221] manufacturing company in California but has also been a devout fan of John Steinbeck’s writing since childhood.
shane lynn, having been awarded a gold medal for high first-class honors in the B.A. in History at Trinity College Dublin, received her M.A. in History at University of Toronto, where she is now a first year Ph.D. student in history.
tim mattimoe taught history and film to college students for more than thirty years before retiring in 2012.
lawrence (larry) powers is a retired dean and professor of biology and currently lives in Oregon with his wife and two cats. He also taught American literature and was a Fulbright Fellow in Russia. Born in California, his interests in Steinbeck and marine biology were enhanced when he visited the tide pools of the Sea of Cortez.
felicia preece is currently a Ph.D. student in literature at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), where she has just finished her coursework and is preparing to conquer her qualifying exams. She enjoys all the “old, dead, white guys” but especially Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Fitzgerald. She hopes one day to have a tenured teaching position, live in Northern Michigan, and own all of the animals.
william ray is an independent Steinbeck scholar in Santa Clara, California. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught college English for five years before beginning his 35-year career as a nonprofit organization executive. He founded SteinbeckNow.com, chairs the Advisory Board of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, and serves as organist at a church in Los Gatos, California.
juliana restivo is former instructor in the composition program at the University of Toledo. Currently, she works to develop patient education materials for pharmaceutical companies and health systems. In addition to Steinbeck, her research interests include conversation dynamics and learning outcomes as well as medical rhetoric and medical communication.
robert searway lives in California’s Central Valley—within driving distance of Steinbeck country. His paper developed out of an independent project while [End Page 222] a graduate student at California State University, Stanislaus that allowed him to explore the interconnection of California’s landscape and literary tradition.
nicholas taylor is Director of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University and Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He is the author of the novels The Disagreement, Father Junípero’s Confessor, and (as T.T. Monday) The Setup...