Lucy Biederman is a lecturer in English at Case Western Reserve University. Her essay developed from a paper she workshopped at the Emily Dickinson Critical Institute in 2015. In addition to scholarship, she has published creative work, including a novella titled The Walmart Book of the Dead (Vine Leaves Press, 2017). Her current book project is a memoir containing criticism that includes a chapter on Dickinson.
Benjamin Meiners is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation, entitled "Unsettling Geographies: Primitivist Utopias in Queer American Literature from Walt Whitman to Willa Cather," investigates the role of colonial and imperial rhetoric in queer U.S. literature produced from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. It argues that even as works by queer authors presented challenges to identitarian discourses of sexuality, they did so by figuring queerness through racialized primitivisms.
Thomas L. Moore is Professor, Emeritus, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Grinnell College. Most of his scholarship has been in statistics education. He co-founded the Statistics in the Liberal Arts Workshop (SLAW) and served on committees with both the American Statistical Association and the Mathematical Association of America.
Helen Koukoutsis is Associate Lecturer of English in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, Australia. She finds researching Dickinson from the Antipodes a solitary, but rewarding experience. Currently, she is investigating Dickinson's disenchantment with "doctrines" through the lens of the nineteenth-century American conversation with alternative faiths.
Renée Bergland is Hazel Dick Leonard Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Simmons College. She is the author of The National Uncanny: Indian Ghosts and American Subjects (University Press of New England 2000) and Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: An Astronomer Among the American Romantics (Beacon Press 2008). With Gary Williams, she edited Philosophies of Sex: New Essays on Julia Ward Howe's The Hermaphrodite (Ohio State University Press 2012). [End Page 97]