Brett Ashley Kaplan is Professor of Comparative and World Literature and Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (U of Illinois P, 2007), Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (Routledge, 2011), Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2015), and editor of Handbook to New Approaches in Cultural Memory Studies (forthcoming, Bloomsbury). She is writing a novel titled "Rare Stuff."
Sharon N. Tran, assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is the author of articles on Asian American literature, ecofeminism and Asian American studies, and the politics of care. She is writing a book tentatively titled "Minor Forms: The Affective and Aesthetic Economies of Asian Girlhood."
Peter Simonsen, professor of European literature in the department for the study of culture at the University of Southern Denmark, is the author of Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts (Palgrave, 2007) and Lifelong Lives (UP of Southern Denmark, 2014). He is the editor of Precarity in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Bloomsbury, 2021), co-edited by Emily J. Hogg; Scandinavian States of Insecurity, a special issue of Scandinavica (2020), co-edited by John Helt Haarder; Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis (Bloomsbury, 2017), co-edited by M. R. Thomsen, L. H. Kjældgaard, L. M. Rösing, D. Ringgaard, and L. Møller; and The Happiest People on Earth? Scandinavian Narratives of Guilt and Discontent, a special issue of Scandinavian Studies (2017), co-edited by Elisabeth Oxfeldt and Andrew Nestigen. He has published articles on the precariat, aging, book history, Romanticism, contemporary literature, happiness, health, male reading, poetry and old age, and well-being. He is currently writing a monograph on the art of aging in contemporary literature and an investigation of what he calls the "retirement novel."
Mathies G. Aarhus is a postdoctoral fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (DAIS) and the University of Southern Denmark. He has published articles on unemployment, new forms of work, social class, and political affects. He is currently writing a book on representations of unemployment in English literature.
Akash Belsare is a postdoctoral fellow in English at Penn State University. His current book project examines race, genre, and animality in contemporary ethnic literatures.
Bronwen Tate is assistant professor of teaching, School of Creative Writing, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is the author of the book of poems The Silk the Moths Ignore (Inlandia Institute, 2021; National Winner of the [End Page 429] 2019 Hillary Gravendyk Prize) and contributor to the collaborative poetry collection Midwinter Day: A Constellation (forthcoming, Black Lawrence). She has published articles on gender and the quotidian in long poems by Bernadette Mayer and Lyn Hejinian and on creative writing in the literature classroom. She is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction about the last three years of an experimental small college.
Samantha Pergadia, assistant professor of English at Southern Methodist University, has published articles on African American literature, gender and sexuality studies, and animal studies. She is writing a book titled "Race and Species: Rewriting the Ethics of Comparison."
Michael Leong teaches at California Institute of the Arts. He is the author of Contested Records: The Turn to Documents in Contemporary North American Poetry (U of Iowa P, 2020), and of several poetry volumes, most recently Words on Edge (Black Square Editions, 2018). His co-translation, with Ignacio Infante, of Vicente Huidobro's Sky-Quake: Tremor of Heaven was published by co•im•press in 2020. [End Page 430]