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Volume 5, Issue 3.

Author Biographies


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About the Authors


Elizabeth Bernstein directs the Athletic Association Writing Center at The University of Georgia in Athens, where she has been teaching composition since 2001.

Nathan Frank writes creative literary theory as an independent scholar from his home in Colorado. His work has appeared in Kudzu Quarterly, Biblical Interpretation, Reconstruction, and The Rocky Mountain Review. He has a chapter forthcoming in an edited volume on consciousness in contemporary metafiction.

Ava Tomasula y Garcia is a junior at Yale University, where she studies human rights through a postcolonial and posthuman lens. She is interested in economic and ecological justice, Latinx studies, and animation.

Jana M. Giles, PhD, currently is McKneely Professor in English Literature at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she is Associate Professor of English. She is completing a book manuscript on how a re-envisioned aesthetics of the sublime in the twentieth-century British and Anglophone novel challenges the politics of humanism and colonialism.

Alison Lacivita, Ph.D., holds her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin (2012). She spent two years as Assistant Professor of Modern British Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi and is now Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Colorado - Denver. Her monograph, The Ecology of Finnegans Wake, was published by The University Press of Florida in August 2015, and she has a second book on Modernism and Environments in the works from Bloomsbury. She has published in Joyce Studies Annual, Green Letters, and the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and has pieces forthcoming in James Joyce Quarterly and ISLE. Environmental and outdoor education has always been a passion for her; she has taught graduate seminars in ecocriticism, participated in Teton Science School Seminars in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, organized panels and conferences on the environmental humanities, volunteered for the Sierra Club and for Ireland's Native Woodland Trust, and also teaches snowboarding in the Rockies at Arapahoe Basin. A native of upstate New York and a former resident of both Vermont and the Swiss Alps, she is thrilled to be back in the mountains.

Mike Petrik lives 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island on Block Island along with his wife Bethany and daughter Willa. He spends his time there foraging and fishing and trying to find new recipes for the island’s more invasive species. He is a PhD candidate in Fiction at the University of Missouri, and he received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Memphis. His work has appeared in places such as 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction, Animal, The Journal, Pinball, Owen Wister Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and the Sierra Nevada Review.

Seth T. Reno is an assistant professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery, specializing in British Romanticism, ecocriticism, and critical theory. He is the co-editor of Wordsworth and the Green Romantics: Affect and Ecology in the Nineteenth Century (University of New Hampshire Press, 2016), and his essays appear in European Romantic Review, the Keats-Shelley Journal, the Writing Lab Newsletter, The CEA Critic, Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons, and Romantic Sustainability: Endurance and the Natural World, 1780–1830 (Lexington Books, 2016). His book manuscript in progress, “Amorous Aesthetics: The Concept of Love in British Romantic Poetry and Poetics,” explores the philosophical, ecological, political, and scientific dimensions of love in the work of major Romantic poets.


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