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JAMES BERKEY is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Brandywine, where he teaches courses in American Literature and directs the Brandywine Writing Studio. He has published essays on soldier newspapers from the Spanish-S War in the Journal of Transnational American Studies and the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, contributed essays to Literary Cultures of the Civil War (ed. Timothy Sweet, 2016) and Visions of Glory: The Civil War in Word and Image (eds. Kathleen Diffley and Benjamin Fagan, 2019), and co-edited a special issue of American Periodicals on war and periodicals with Mark Noonan in 2016. He has an article on poetry in Civil War newspapers forthcoming in Mississippi Quarterly and is currently working on a book-length project about Civil War soldier newspapers. He can be reached at:

KATHLEEN DIFFLEY is an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa and Director of the Civil War Caucus at the M/MLA. She is the author of Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitutional Reform (Georgia 1992), and a sequel, The Fateful Lightning: Civil War Stories and the Magazine Marketplace, now under contract. In contributions to nine scholarly collections, she has remained caught up in magazine recollections of the Civil War during the 1860s and 1870s. She may be reached at

BRIGITTE FIELDER is assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is (with Jonathan Senchyne) co-editor of Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print. Her first book, theorizing genealogies of interracial kinship in nineteenth-century US literatures, is forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2020. She is currently working on a second book, on racialized human-animal relationships in the long nineteenth century. She is one of several conveners of the Just Teach One—Early African American Print project.

TIM LANZENDÖRFER is visiting assistant professor of American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, and Heisenberg Fellow for literary theory and literary studies from the summer of 2020. He is the author of The Professionalization of the American Magazine: Periodicals, Biography, and Nationalism in the Early Republic (2013) and Books of the Dead: Reading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature (2018). He is the editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to the Literary Magazine, and a board member of the Research Society for American Periodicals. He can be reached at

MELINDA KNIGHT is Professor of English and the founding director of the Center for Writing Excellence at Montclair State University. Her research interests include the intersections of class, gender, identity, and race in American literature, manifestations of aestheticism and decadence, the impact of urbanization on cultural products, and representations of the American West. She has previously published in American Periodicals. She can be reached at

KELLEY KREITZ is Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty member in the Latinx Studies program at Pace University in New York City. She is also director of the university’s digital humanities center, Babble Lab. Her research on print and digital cultures of the Americas has appeared in American Literary History, English Language Notes, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and the digital mapping project She is currently completing her first book, which recovers the leading role played by U. S.-based Latin American writers in the media innovation of the 1880s and 1890s. She can be contacted at

MARTHA JANE NADELL is Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College. She is the author of Enter the New Negroes: Images of Race in American Culture (Harvard 2004) and several articles. She can be reached at

KINOHI NISHIKAWA is Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Street Players: Black Pulp Fiction and the Making of a Literary Underground (Chicago 2018), which examines the commercialization of sex and race in postwar American paperbacks and pin-up magazines. His articles on African American newspapers and periodicals have appeared in Book History, Chicago Review, and the edited collection Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights (Illinois 2019). He can be reached at

MARK J. NOONAN is Professor of English at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is author of Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870–1893 and co-author of Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough, in addition to numerous articles on periodicals and urban history. He currently serves on the editorial board of Studies in Periodical Cultures and the advisory boards of the Research Society of American Periodicals and Circulating American Magazines, a digital resource for US periodical studies. In June 2020, he will serve as Director of the NEH Institute “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press.”

TARA PENRY is Professor of English at Boise State University, where she teaches nineteenth-century American literature and literature of the American West. Her articles focused on western periodicals appear in journals such as American Literary Realism, Western American Literature, the Thomas Wolfe Review, the Blackwell Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West, and elsewhere. She is working on a book manuscript on the sensational aesthetics of the influential western writer and magazine editor Bret Harte. She can be reached at

NATHAN K. REES is assistant professor of art history at the University of West Georgia. He also serves as the curator of the Sacred Harp Museum in Carrollton, Georgia, and is lead researcher in the Sacred Harp Minutes Project of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Rees is both an observer and a participant—he has attended Sacred Harp singings since his introduction to the music as a college student. He can be reached at

BONNIE JAMES SHAKER is Assistant Professor of English at Kent State University at Geauga. A former journalist, she teaches and researches at the intersections of English and media studies. She is the author of Coloring Locals: Racial Formation in Kate Chopin’s Youth’s Companion Stories (2003) and several articles on Chopin. She serves as associate editor for the Kate Chopin International Society website, maintaining the pages Kate Chopin Archives: A Guide to Primary Documents and Kate Chopin’s Children’s Stories: Significance, Critical Treatment, and Characteristics. She can be reached at

ALEXANDRA URAKOVA holds a joint appointment as a Senior Researcher at the A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a University Researcher at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies of the University of Helsinki (2018–2020). She is the editor of Deciphering Poe (2014) and The Poetics of the Body in Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Fiction (2009, in Russian). She has essays on antebellum gift books in New England Quarterly (2016), Nineteenth-Century Literature (2009), and in the forthcoming collection Anthologizing Poe (ed. Emron Esplin and Margarida Vale de Gato, 2020). She has addressed the question of periodical literature and reprinting in her recent chapter “Undying Enigmas in ‘Ligeia’” in the Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Gerald J. Kennedy and Scott Peeples, 2019). She is currently working on a monograph on dangerous gifts in nineteenth-century American literature. She can be reached at

JEWON WOO is an associate professor of English at Lorain County Community College. She teaches African American and Early American Literature among many other courses. Her research focuses on Black print culture, performance, early newspapers, pedagogy for underrepresented students, and digital humanities. Her essays have appeared in the American Studies (South Korea), and a chapter, “Deleted Name, but Indelible Body: Black Women at the Colored Conventions in Antebellum Ohio,” is forthcoming in The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (2020). As a Mellon/ACLS fellow, she currently works on the Black press in 19th-century Ohio to observe early African American communities by utilizing digital tools. She can be reached at

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