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Alissa (Hall) 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

Karisa Harris-Cleary - I am from the Pacific Northwest and received my Bachelor's degree in English, Writing and Film from Portland State University in 2016.

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

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

Karisa Harris-Cleary

Austin Shifflett grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and received his BA in English from JMU in 2014. He returned to JMU in the fall of 2016, where he is now a second year graduate student in the English program. His research interests vary widely, but tend to gravitate towards British Romantic ecology and African American literature, especially at the intersection of jazz and blues music. He enjoys participating and assisting with events and conferences hosted by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. He is also a musician and member of the Harrisonburg-based band, Many Nights Ahead. Currently, he works as a graduate assistant with Special Collections.

Austin Shifflett


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