Hans Bergmann teaches and writes about nineteenth-century American literature. He is the author of God in the Street, an interdisciplinary study of New York writing from the penny press to Herman Melville. Visit Hans Bergmann's home page.

Zofia Burr received her MFA and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her main area of interest is modern American poetry, especially women's poetry and African-American poetry. She is the author of Poetry and Its Audiences: Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, Angelou (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), and "In the Name of Audre Lorde: The Location of Poetry in the United States," in Articulating the Global and the Local: Globalization and Cultural Studies, Ann Cvetkovich and Douglas Kellner, eds. (Westview Press, 1997). She is also the editor of Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, and Dialogues, by A.R. Ammons (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996). Her poetry has appeared in Banyan, Blue Unicorn, and Delmar.

F.L. Carr
is a graduate student in the Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University. She is the technical assistant for the English Matters Collective. She is writing her dissertation on nineteenth-century dime novels for women and their role in gender, class, and race formations at the turn-of-the-century.

Alan Cheuse is the author of three novels, two collections of short fiction, and the nonfictional Fall Out of Heaven. As a book commentator, Cheuse is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and he serves as the host and co-producer of the NPR syndicated fiction short story magazine "The Sound of Writing." With Caroline Marshall, he has edited two volumes of short stories. His own short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Black Warrior Review, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine and elsewhere. His articles, magazine journalism, and reviews have also appeared widely. A new collection of his short fiction was published in September of 1998.

David Kaufmann has written The Business of Common Life: Novels and Classical Economics Between Revolution and Reform (Johns Hopkins, 1995) and articles on the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory, on contemporary literature and art, as well as on Shelley and Austen. His forthcoming publications include pieces on Gertrude Stein, T.W. Adorno, and Gershom Scholem. Visit David Kaufmann's home page.

Mary Gallagher teaches high school English in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Susan Gardner Dillon is in her second year in the MFA poetry program at Mason. She is presently the Nonfiction Editor of So to Speak:a feminist journal of language and art, and Editor of the up and coming hypertext journal, ://esocentric.

Beth George has been teaching at George Mason University since 1989. Her poetry has appeared in Wisconsin Review, Poet Lore, Kentucky Poetry Review, Queens Quarterly, West Branch, South Dakota Review, Antietam Review, Connecticut River Review, Appalachian Heritage, Souwester, Bogg, Artemis, Virginia Writing and other journals. Her poem "Cider and Salt" won Poet Lore's Rose Lefcowitz Award in 1991. She is a writer and researcher for The Bulldog, a publication of Parents Against Corruption & Cover-up (PACC). She received her M.A. from Mansfield University and has completed additional graduate course work at George Mason University and the University of Virginia.

Barbara Melosh received her PhD in American Civilization in 1979 from Brown University. Her scholarly and teaching interests include American studies, women's history, museum studies, and 20th century literature and cultural history. She is the author of "The Physician's Hand": Work Culture and Conflict in American Nursing (1979), Engendering Culture: Manhood and Womanhood in New Deal Public Art and Theater (1991), and editor and contributor to the anthology Gender in American History Since 1890, part of Routledge's series on revisionist histories (general editor Jack Censer). Her work in progress is a book on the history of adoption in the United States tentatively titled Strangers and Kin.

E. Ethelbert Miller is Director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard University and a poet. Most recently, he has contributed to a collection of poetry entitled In Search of Color Everywhere. A collection of his poems is entitled First Light: New & Selected Poems. He is also included on the Jazz Poetry Kafe: The BlackWords Compilation CD. He also hosts a weekly radio program on WDCU-FM.

Mel Nichols is a poet and digital artist whose collaborative projects include poetry installations and web-based hypermedia works, most currently the in-progress hypermedia poem/memoir, Weepers, with poet Lee Riley Hammer. Recent poems have appeared in Frisk, Gargoyle, So To Speak, and are forthcoming in Ixnay and Forklift: Ohio. She teaches at George Mason University.

Eric Pankey, a Professor of English at George Mason University, is the author of five collections of poetry. His first collection, For the New Year, was selected as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American poets and published by Atheneum in 1984. In 1988, Atheneum published his second collection, Heartwood, which was reissued by Orchises Press in 1998. His next three collections were published by Alfred A. Knopf: Apocrypha in 1991, The Late Romances in 1997 and Cenotaph in 2000. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in such journals as Antaeus, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, The Partisan Review, and The Kenyon Review. His work has been supported by fellowships from The National Endowment for Arts and The Ingram Merrill Foundation. He teaches poetry workshops and courses on Modern and contemporary poetry.

Dean Taciuch is a Visiting Assistant Professor in English at George Mason University. He is currently working with Technology Across the Curriculum and other electronic resources for teaching. His poems have been published in journals such as 14 Hills, online at the Wr-Eye-Tings scratchpad, and in a chapbook (certainty series) from Burning Press. Visit Dean's course website.

Tracy Springberry has an M.A. in Non-fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She has been published in The Sun, Country Journal, E Magazine and The Inlander and is a commentator on the public radio station in Spokane, Washington. She divides her time between professional grant writing, raising three sons, volunteering in her community and working on a book of essays with the working title, Seeking Enough in a Too Much World.

Eileen Sypher's (Ph.D., University of Connecticut) work focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth century British novel. She teaches single author courses on George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, as well as topics courses on domestic ideology and space, and period courses from the nineteenth through the twentieth century. Her book, Wisps of Violence (Verso, 1993), focused on reading the relationship between the representation of gender roles and public politics in the turn-of-the-century British novel. She has also published essays on George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. Currently she is working on a new book, Building It 'Round One, which interprets the cultural and literary significance of houses. She served as the Director of Graduate Studies from 1992-1995.

Margaret R. Yocom, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at George Mason University, is a folklorist specializing in gender studies, family folklore, oral narrative, and material culture. She has taught courses in freshman composition, sophomore literature, popular culture, introduction to the study of culture, and numerous folklore courses, including folklore and literature, traditional art, traditional narrative, folklore and gender, and ethnography. Professor Yocom has conducted fieldwork in her home Pennsylvania German culture as well as with the Inuit of northwestern Alaska and several Northern Virginia communities. Her major fieldsite is a North Appalachian mountain logging community in Maine. She has published articles with accompanying photographs on ethnographic fieldwork, regional study, ethnopoetics, family folklore, gender, and material culture. Her most recent work includes " Awful Real': Dolls and Development in Rangeley, Maine" (1993) and "The Yellow Ribboning of the USA: Contested Meanings in the Construction of a Political Symbol" (1996). She is the assistant editor of Ugiuvangmiut Quliapyuit: King Island Tales (1988); and in 1994, she edited, produced, and wrote most of the text of Logging in the Maine Woods: The Paintings of Alden Grant. She is writing a book on the traditional art of a Maine logging family, entitled Generations in Wood. Visit her home page.

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