About the Contributors

Adina Andrus is a mixed media artist, born in Romania, currently based in the New York area. Her work touches upon the fields of psychology and anthropology as well as history and religion, exploring themes that she finds herself attracted to in light of personal experiences and current events—women's representations in ancient and contemporary culture, the theme of "the outsider", the dynamics of human interactions. The pieces are semi-abstract, highly textural and multi-layered both physically and in meaning. Andrus studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Art Students League in New York City and her work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at the St. Louis Artists Guild, Gallery 254 in New York, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and the Delaware Contemporary.

Debjani Chakravarty is an assistant professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Utah Valley University. She has a PhD in Gender Studies from Arizona State University. When academic work falls short of the promise that it’s held for the last twenty-four years of her life, she turns to poetry and art. She creates abstract art with watercolors, pastels, acrylics, found objects and digital media. Her artistic influences include Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky, Rabindranath Tagore, Joan Mitchell, S. H. Raza, (recently Tamara Natalie Madden, RIP), and her countless artist friends on DeviantArt.com. She knows that digital media provides wonderful tools and exposure to many artists who are traditionally marginalized for their gender, race, class, age, and location—despite being privileged enough to be on the right side of the digital divide. Her academic interests span globalization, post/colonialism, feminist pedagogy, new media, interdisciplinary research methodology, and issues of gender, sexuality, and labor. She has recently published academic and artistic works exploring the topic of transnational feminisms, collaborative research ethics, and epistemic justice and performance.

Ximena Keogh Serrano is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also teaches. In her research, Ximena explores the representation of liminal subjecthoods in Latin American and U.S American literature and film. Ignited by decolonial and queer methodologies, her studies work to illuminate colonial hauntings and seek to imagine alternative modes of belonging. Ximena’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Kórima Press’s Anthology of Queer Latina Voices, The Chiricú Journal, Hematopoiesis Press, Le Petit Press’s Mo(u)rning/Morning Anthology, and the Journal for Latina Critical Feminism.

Jana McAuliffe is an assistant professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She specializes in social-political philosophy, with an emphasis on philosophies of race, gender, class and sexuality. Her current research concerns the role that unconventional ethical values might play in feminist projects that disrupt the negative effects of racial capitalism.

Carrie Moran is a librarian by day and a poet all the time. She is a recent transplant to Encinitas, CA by way of Orlando, FL, but considers herself a nomad. Her roots are in upstate NY, and her heart is scattered everywhere. She publishes her work to her website http://www.carriemoran.com, including her photography. Her photography & storytelling project The Lines That Join Us has been shown in the University of Central Florida Art Gallery, and the Orlando Public Library. She is a queer & human rights activist, and spends as much time outdoors as possible.

Sueyoung Park-Primiano is the postdoctoral teaching fellow in Screen Studies at Park School of Communications, Ithaca College. She is a contributing author to Cinema's Military Industrial Complex, American Militarism on the Small Screen, Popular Culture in Asia: Memory, City, Celebrity, and Directory of World Cinema: South Korea. She specializes in East Asian and American film history and Cold War visual culture.

Independent filmmaker, Julia Reynolds, has just debuted her first feature science fiction film Shepherd. Julia’s work is artistically driven which stems from her knowledge and fascination with production design. Her first short film Heroes (2007, 6min), was well received internationally and screened at festivals such as Singapore International Festival and Trail Dance Film Festival. She has a PhD in Film Design and works as a Film Lecturer at SAE Auckland and also contracts as a writer, director, and editor within the industry.

Rebecca Reynolds works as an assistant dean at Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University. She has published two books of poetry; her first book, Daughter of the Hangnail (New Issues Press) received the 1998 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines and online journals, including Quarterly West, Boston Review of Books, Cimmaron Review, Web Conjunctions, American Letters and Commentary, The Literary Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Verse, Third Coast, and Open City. She has taught creative writing and courses in women’s and gender studies.

Taylor Simpson is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, holding a BFA in graphic design. A native Michigander with a penchant for the handmade and human connection, Taylor is also interested in coding, motion graphics, information visualization, and writing (plus illustration, social activism, and cooking). She now lives in Brooklyn and luckily, near an Ample Hills Creamery.

Emmy Waldman is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University in the department of English, where she teaches and studies contemporary American literature and visual culture, with a special focus on graphic narrative. Her work grazes in such fields as: poetics, comparative arts, media studies, psychoanalysis, trauma studies, and comics studies. Her dissertation, under the canny advisement of Hillary Chute, Stephanie Burt, Elaine Scarry, and Phil Fisher, explores filial relationships and the psychodynamics of drawing in contemporary American graphic memoir. Her mother, a painter, would like her to mention that they have a very close and artistically generative relationship.

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen is an associate professor in the Department of English at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her research interests include xenolinguistics, astrobiology, phonetics, braille, language preservation, TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), language creation, and disability studies. Dr. Wells-Jensen also coordinates BGSU's graduate certificate in TESOL and teaches courses in general linguistics, applied phonology and applied syntax.

Mary Anne Zammit is a Social Work graduate of the University of Malta with an advanced degree in Probation Services. She studied art at the Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, Valletta and at the Euro Institute of Music and Arts, Hamrun. She also has a Diploma in Freelance and Feature Writing from the London School of Journalism.  Mary Anne paints and writes poetry, novels and articles both in Maltese and in English. She is the author of several published works of fiction and a children’s book in Maltese. Her artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions since 1999; her piece Megalithic Dance is included as part of the permanent installment in the Museo Tempra at the Gattopardo Ducal  Palace in Palma De Montechiaro, Sicily.