Cynthia Patterson, Ph.D., is a recent graduate in Cultural Studies from GMU, and has served on the English Department faculty since 1999. Her research interests include 19th century American periodical literature and visual culture. She specializes in teaching ENGL 302, Advanced Composition for Business, and has received College of Arts and Sciences Technology-Across-the-Curriculum grants for incorporating new computer technologies into the composition classroom.


Krystal Crumpler is a GMU student in pursuit of a Neurobiology degree but has an interest in film study. She is currently obsessed with David Bowie, David Cronenberg and Takashi Miike films, and authentic Italian food. Her piece for this issue, Happiness in Slavery: Body and Image in  'Sick--The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist," was a project for Cynthia Fuchs' English 332 class.


Carrie Wright currently teaches Advanced Composition for the Sciences as a Mason adjunct faculty member. She is also a Mason alum, having earned her MFA in Creative Writing, with a nonfiction focus, at GMU. A sucker for torture, she applied for more school and has recently been accepted into the University of Louisville's PhD in Composition and Rhetoric program and looks forward to returning to her hometown for horseracing, bourbon and barefeet. Oh yeah, and PhD study.


Cynthia Fuchs is Director of George Mason University’s Film & Media Studies Program, as well as film-tv-dvd editor for, and film reviewer for Philadelphia Citypaper and Cynthia’s paper is taken from her forthcoming book on Eminem.


Mark Sample is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Literature and New Media at George Mason University. Dr. Sample's website is


Brandon Wicks is a recent graduate of George Mason's Creative Writing Program, where he has happily served as web-jockey for English Matters for the past two years.  He is currently at work on his first novel.