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January 2007

Maria Walhstrom Backe earned her M.A. in English, German, and Media and Communication Science from Karlstad University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Uppsala University and in English Studies at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. Her research interests focus on how fiction authors address information and communication technology as a means both of highlighting different aspects of the Internet and of addressing "real-world" issues in their fictions.

Eric Elshtain's poems, reviews and articles have appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, The Chicago Review, McSweeney's, The Notre Dame Review, and others.

Ann Wood Fuller grew up in Sarasota, Florida, listening to her father recite Shelley and Keats. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing at the University of Florida, where she studied under William Logan and Debora Greger. She has read her work at numerous conferences and gatherings. A landscape poet, she writes today under a canopy of trees in an isolated part of old North Florida.

Caroline Godart received bachelor's and Master's degrees in English and Dutch languages and literatures and international relations from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Currently she is completing a Master's degree in English literature and women's and gender studies at Brandeis University and plans to pursue doctoral studies as well. Her research interests focus on the construction of women's sexuality.

Mary Catherine Harper teaches literature and creative writing at a small liberal arts college in Ohio. She has had poetry published in The New England Review, The Bozeman Er, and Masque, and had her poetic theater piece "A Quarrel of Voices" performed at the Interdisciplinary International Women's Studies Conference of 1996. She has just finished a cross-media epistolary novel, Letters to Christian Duval, which is set in Ohio and Iraq. Her interests in language arts, cultural studies, poetics, and social justice issues have taken her to Cambodia to work on a language arts and ethnography project. She is currently writing poetry about her experiences in Cambodia.

Keith Herrin is Assistant Professor of Art at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, where he teaches graphic design, ceramics, and sculpture. His installation "Branded," which explored the construction of identity through body art, was exhibited at the Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University in Fall 2006. He received his MFA from Indiana University.

Mindy Herrin, originally a Texas-based artist, received her MFA from Indiana University in 2002. She now teaches metalsmithing and jewelry design in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University. She has a national exhibition record and was chosen as the Emerging Artist of 2002 by Art Jewelry Forum. She has served as director of the Slocumb Galleries at ETSU and was nominated by Niche in both 2005 and 2006 for Arts Educator of the Year.

Edison Jennings is a member of the English faculty at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, where he directs the writing center and teaches American literature and creative writing. He earned his MFA at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, and is a published poet.

Gulnara Karimova is currently a Ph.D. candidate and teaching/research assistant in Communication and Media Studies at Eastern Mediterranean University, Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. She is interested in Russian and Arabic poetry, painting, cultural studies, and advertising.

Tracy Mishkin is a published poet and the author of two scholarly works on African-American and Irish literature. She serves as Program Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was formerly Associate Professor of English at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and Lecturer in English at Butler University in Indianapolis. Her poetry has appeared on PoetsUSA.com and in Poetica.

Anastasia Salter is a student in the Master's program in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Corcoran College of Art and Design, where she has designed and taught courses such as "Cyborgs, Gods and Dwarves: The Myths of Cyberspace." Her research interests focus on new media and cultural studies, particularly gender, identity, and the virtual body.

Jon Trowbridge is a software engineer for Google.




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