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Alissa Cruz is originally from Alaska but now resides in Virginia.  She earned her undergrad degree from Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia.  She is a feminist, a mother, and is passionate about the environment.  One of her greatest passions is literature.  She specifically enjoys anything that she can view through an ecofeminist lens.

Alissa Cruz

Karissa Harris-Cleary is from the Pacific Northwest and received her Bachelor's degree in English, Writing and Film from Portland State University in 2016.

Her interests generally surround Transatlantic Modernism, particularly the works of James Joyce and Ezra Pound, and post-colonial theory. She is especially drawn to post-colonial nuances in modernist texts, and the presence of the law/prisons in such texts. She is also interested in theories of Deconstruction and cultural studies.

Her secondary interests are in contemporary film studies, particularly regarding cinematic melodrama from the '80s. From serial prime-time television to bad horror, She is intrigued by tensions between the middle-class wife and/or mother and the physical home.

Karissa Harris-Cleary

Austin Shifflett grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and loved it so much he decided to continue his education here. He is primarily interested in African American literature, British Romanticism, and Gothic literature. Outside of studies he is also a musician and member of the Harrisonburg-based band Many Nights Ahead. Besides music, he also enjoys eating, hiking, and trying to figure Kierkegaard out. He is currently a TA in the English department.  

Austin Shifflett

Taylor Jarrell is from Northern Virginia. His background is in classical language and literature, especially Greek Tragedy. His most interests include, restoration theatre, the early modern period, and bibliographical methodologies.

 He is particularly interested in issues of translation in Ancient Greek literature and philosophy as well as pursuing contemporary critical applications of the classics. His work focuses on the reading experience, textual agency, and the history of the book. Currently he works for the Reformation Journal. 


Mitchell Teal - From Columbia, South Carolina. Graduated from Wofford College with a BA in English. My main focus is on 20th and 21st century American literature where I explore issues of criminality, violence, marginalization, and the social structures in which these issues come into being. Particular authors of interest include Cormac McCarthy, Philip K. Dick, Richard Wright, William Faulkner, J. M. Coetzee, Vonnegut, Bukowski, and Thom Jones.

In the work of these authors I'm also concerned with the use of intertextuality which includes both their relationship to other texts and their relationship to American culture (and mythos). Additionally, I'm curious about the relationship between high- and low-brow literature and culture and I see some of these authors as prime candidates for exploring movement between the two.

My secondary interests include film (New Hollywood, in particular) and television studies, sociology, and ethnography. In these latter two fields, I've been particularly influenced by Erving Goffman, Guy Debord, Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann, and the ethno-journalistic work of David Simon. I find the work in these fields to be particularly helpful for thinking about both material realities and the processes by which our conceptions of the world become reified (and ossified).

Karisa Harris-Cleary

Camilla Wilkerson hails from Swoope, Virginia. She completed her B.A. in English at Bridgewater College in 2017. Her interests lay primarily in 20th century American literature, and while she tends to look at texts using a feminist lens, she is also interested in the textuality of certain works, primarily those by Finley Peter Dunne.

Austin Shifflett

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