Stefano Calzati is currently an independent scholar. He worked as a postdoc fellow in the English Department at the City University of Hong Kong researching and teaching on digital media and new media literacies. He received his PhD at the University of Leeds, where he was also a teaching assistant in cultural studies, with a project titled Mediating Travel Writing, Mediated China: The Middle Kingdom in Travel Books and Blogs (Common Ground, 2018). In 2015 Calzati was a visiting research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to conduct interviews with Hong Kong and Chinese travel writers. Calzati’s academic articles have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, the Chinese Journal of Communication, and Comparative Literature and Culture Web, for which he also acted as editorial assistant from 2014 to 2015.
Norma Clarke is a professor of English literature at Kingston University, London. She is the author of Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street (Harvard UP, 2016). Her previous books include Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington (Faber, 2008), The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters (Random House, 2004), Dr. Johnson’s Women (Hambledon, 2000), and Ambitious Heights, Writing, Friendship, Love: The Jewsbury Sisters, Felicia Hemans and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Routledge, 1989).
Andreana Clay is an associate professor and current chair of the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. Her research interests lie at the intersections of race, queerness, Black popular culture, and social movements. She is the author of The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (NYU P, 2012) and journal articles on music, sexuality, and activism. She’s been blogging at queerblackfeminist.blogspot.com for the last decade, where her writings on Prince first appeared.
Jeannine Marie DeLombard works at the intersection of law, slavery, and American culture. Her last book, In the Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity (U of Penn P, 2012), places early African American criminal confessions at the forefront of the American literary canon. She is currently associate professor of English at University of California, Santa Barbara. [End Page 165]
Alan Filewod is a professor of theater studies at the University of Guelph. His most recent books include Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada (Between the Lines, 2011) and a critical edition of the banned communist play Eight Men Speak (U of Ottawa P, 2013).
Mott T. Greene is a historian of science and the author of Alfred Wegener: Science, Exploration, and the Theory of Continental Drift (John Hopkins UP, 2015), which won prizes from the Geological Society of America (2016) and the Geological Society of London (2017). He has also written on the craft of biography. Since his retirement from active teaching in 2012, he has been an affiliate professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. He lives on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound.
Lars-Christer Hydén received his PhD in psychology from Stockholm University, Sweden. His current position is as full professor of social psychology at Linköping University, Sweden, and as director of the Center for Dementia Research (CEDER). His research primarily concerns how people with Alzheimer’s disease and their significant others interact and use language—especially narrative—as a way to sustain and negotiate identity and a sense of self.
Susan Kern is the author of The Jeffersons at Shadwell (Yale, 2010). She is currently executive director of William & Mary’s Historic Campus.
Scott Poulson-Bryant is an assistant professor of English at Fordham University. His academic work has appeared in American Studies, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Palimpsest. One of the founding coeditors of VIBE magazine (and the editor who gave the magazine its name), Poulson-Bryant has published journalism, profiles, reviews, and essays in such publications as Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, SPIN, the New York Times, Essence, Ebony, and The Source. He is the author of HUNG: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America (Doubleday Books, 2006) and The VIPs, a novel published by Broadway Books/Random House in 2011. He is currently working on “Everybody Is a Star”: Race, Ethnicity and U.S. Popular Culture in the 1970s. [End Page 166]
Roberto Simanowski holds a PhD in literary studies (1998) and a Venia Legendi in media studies (2011). A former professor of German studies at Brown University and of Media Studies at City University of Hong Kong, he is currently working at the University of Basel. Simanowski is the founder and editor of the journal on digital culture and aesthetics Dichtung Digital. Among other works in English he has published the books Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations (U of Minnesota P, 2010) and Data Love: The Seduction and Betrayal of Digital Technologies (Columbia UP, 2016). His book Facebook Society: Losing Our Selves in Sharing Ourselves will appear in 2018 from Columbia UP.
Greg Tate is a writer, musician, and cultural provocateur who lives on Harlem’s Sugar Hill. His books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk (Simon & Schuster, 1992), Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture (Broadway Books, 2003), and Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader (Duke UP, 2016). Tate has also led the conducted improv band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber since 1999 and is a proud member of Howard University’s Bison Nation. He has been a visiting faculty member at Yale, Columbia, Brown, Williams, and, most recently, Princeton (where he taught a course titled “The Loud Black and Proud Musicology of Amiri Baraka”) and NYU (where he debuted the course “A Brief History of Woke Black Music”).
Steven W. Thrasher, a columnist at the Guardian US and contributor to BuzzFeed and Esquire, is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at New York University. In 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Sociological Association’s journal Contexts. In 2012, he was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for his writing in the Village Voice and New York Times. He recently wrote the first chapter of the British Film Institute’s book Black Star (2016) and authored the liner notes for the Decca Records album Valentina Lisitsa Plays Philip Glass (2015).
Hedley Twidle is a writer, teacher, and scholar based at the University of Cape Town. Firepool: Experiences in an Abnormal World (Kwela Books, 2017) is his collection of essays and creative nonfiction. His next book, Experiments with Truth: Narrative Nonfiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa, will appear in 2019. More of his work can be found at www.hedleytwidle.com. [End Page 167]
Simon Trevor Walsh, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is a lecturer in German Studies at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is completing a manuscript on the musically mediated response in post-WWII Austrian literature to that country’s wartime past.
Jamie Wood, PhD, is an independent scholar currently completing a postdoctoral study of poetics during the First World War. His work on the high modernists has been published in Modernism/modernity, Modernist Cultures, and the Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies. Further work on George Orwell will shortly appear in College Literature. He has provided a number of entries in relation to modern and contemporary literature for both the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. [End Page 168]