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MARLENE ALLEN AHMED is an Associate Professor of English Literature at United Arab Emirates University. Her areas of research and teaching interests include African American speculative fiction and science fiction and multicultural American literature. She is the coeditor of Afterimages of Slavery: Essays on Appearances in Recent American Films, Literature, Television, and Other Media (2012). She has also published essays on the writings of Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Pauline Hopkins, and Charles Chesnutt.

STEPHANIE ANDREA ALLEN, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary studies scholar with a focus on representations of race, gender, sexuality, and culture in the U.S. Her research interests include Black lesbian literary history, ethnography, Black feminism, sexual citizenship, lesbian print culture, and speculative fiction. In Fall 2021, she will be joining Indiana University as Assistant Professor of Gender Studies. She is also Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at BLF Press, and co-editor of Serendipity Literary Magazine. Her work can be found in various online and print publications, including Big Echo: Critical Science Fiction Magazine, Sinister Wisdom, and her latest short story collections, How to Dispatch a Human: Stories and Suggestion.

KATHI APPELT is the author of over 50 books for children and young adults. Her novel, he Underneath (Atheneum, 2008), was a National Book Award Finalist, a Newbery Honor Award, and the PEN USA Award for Children's Literature. Her novel The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum, 2013) was also a National Book Award finalist. Her newest novel, Once Upon a Camel (Atheneum, 2021) will be released in September 2021.

AGNIBHA BANERJEE is Assistant Professor in the department of English Language and Literature at Adamas University, India. His research interests include utopian/dystopian studies, posthumanism, Marxism, modern/postmodern literature, and critical race theory. His most recent essay on Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go has been published by the SFRA Review (2021) and his chapter on Virginia Woolf's Orlando has been accepted for publication in the book Beyond Identities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research.

LISA BECKELHIMER is a Professor and Undergraduate Director in the Department of English at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches composition, copyediting and publishing, and interdisciplinary studies. Her areas of research include pedagogy and popular culture and historical and political rhetoric. She has been published in The Phoenix Papers, Scholarship & Practice of Undergraduate Research, and English Journal, recently addressing the impact of the pandemic on sports fandoms, remote internships for undergraduates, and college freshmen.

SARAH BIRD'S eleventh novel, Last Dance on the Starlite Pier, set in the world of the dance marathons of the Great Depression, will be published this coming winter. Sarah's previous novels have been long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award, won an ALEX award, and been selected for the B&N Discover Great Writers program and the New York Libraries Books to Remember. A member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, she was selected for the Meryl Streep Screenwriting Lab, and has appeared on NPR's Moth Radio series.

PASCAL BRUCKNER is one of France's leading public intellectuals. He is the author of some twenty-five books, which have been translated into multiple languages worldwide. He writes novels and essays, and has won many of France's most prestigious literary prizes. In this country, he has been a visiting professor at New York University, San Diego State University, and Texas A&M University. He has served on the board of South Central Review for the past ten years.

PHILIP CAPUTO learned his craft in the time-honored tradition: as a newspaper reporter, and later, a foreign correspondent. In 1977, he published A Rumor of War, a book he'd worked on in his spare time for nine years. With its success, he quit daily journalism to write full time. Since then, he has published 17 works of fiction and nonfiction, in addition to A Rumor of War, and written numerous articles and essays for, among others, the New York Times, Esquire, and The Atlantic, as well as for his professional alma mater, the Chicago Tribune.

SRIRUPA CHATTERJEE is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Liberal...


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