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CJ Bevins

CJ Bevins is from Georgetown, Kentucky and graduated from Georgetown College with a degree in English. He spent his undergraduate career working as a writing center tutor, studying literature from the Irish renaissance through the University College of Dublin, and researching Restoration theater and the birth of the novel at the University of Oxford. He plans to further pursue both of these interests while working towards a PhD, focusing more on the development of film and theater as popular culture and giving particular attention to female playwrights of the period such as Aphra Behn. In his free time, he tends to watch classic film (especially works directed by Wong Kar-wai or Terrence Malick), play video games, hang out with his adorable cat, and read postmodern fiction from writers such as Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon.

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David Bohn

David Bohn was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, David Bohn graduated from Old Dominion University with a B. A. in English in 2018. His academic interests revolve heavily around the early modern period, and he focuses on Tudor Drama in particular.

David has worked as an English tutor for low socioeconomic and elderly students entering college, and he has as much passion for teaching as he does for the literature he studies. When not talking about Shakespeare or in class, he can be found in the library either studying or pretending to while playing phone games. Hobbies of his include video games, photography, collecting stationary, and bullet journaling.

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Angela M. Carter

Angela M. Carter was raised in rural Brunswick County, VA, and has since lived in various places including beautiful Bath, England, before settling in Harrisonburg, VA. She studied British Literature, during a summer term at The University of Bath, England, and received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University. Angela’s academic interests include 20th and 21st-century literature and Native American literature, especially works delving into gender politics, feminist theory, socioeconomic social justice and confessionalism.

Angela is the Admin Office Specialist and Social Media/Website Coordinator for JMU English, author of a full-length poetry collection, spoken word performer, painter, photographer and she teaches creative writing courses at Blue Ridge Community College.  

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Jessica Carter

Jessica Carter grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from James Madison University in 2020 with a BA in English Literature and minors in Creative Writing and African/African-American/Diaspora studies. She is passionate about all forms of speculative fiction, and its propensity to enrich interdisciplinary criticism. She is both grateful and enthusiastic to continue her work with the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Besides learning, she enjoys watching and reading horror, writing poetry, and painting.

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Aaron Cosner

Aaron Cosner is a native of the Shenandoah Valley. He graduated from Bridgwater College with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and currently teaches English, Debate, and The Bible as Literature at Harrisonburg High School. His academic interests include Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the influence of continental Rationalism on the Modern and Postmodern periods. When he isn’t in the classroom molding the minds of Gen Z, he enjoys woodworking, hiking, and life at home with his wife and three kids.

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Rhys Frazier

Rhys Frazier grew up in Crozet, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in English and minors in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He particularly enjoys and is looking forward to continuing the study of medieval wisdom literature, comparative analysis of Old English and Old Norse/Icelandic works, and the study of queer theory and its application to LGBT+ literature and film. Ideally, since it is impossible to have learned everything about his favorite subjects, he will simply continue studying them forever (hopefully as a professor at some point). He lives with a cat and a ferret, both of whom are lovable jerks.

 

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Madeline Gardiner

Madeline Gardiner grew up in several Michigan cities. She received a B.A. in English writing from Northern Michigan University in 2017, then studied literature as a post-baccalaureate student. Her primary interests lie at the intersection of Italian Futurism and gender studies, with particular attention to the interplay between gendered bodies and technology. She has several years of work experience as a writing tutor and lighthouse tour guide; she also co-founded Michigan's Upper Peninsula Writing Center. In her spare time, she enjoys reading or watching science fiction, along with dark and cringe comedy, and writing creative nonfiction. Her favorite authors include Akwaeke Emezi and Mina Loy. 

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Christy Graham

Christy Graham grew up in Canoga Park, California and moved to Winchester, Virginia in 2016 after serving in the military for five years. While in the military, Christy earned her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. Since moving to Virginia, Christy graduated from Shenandoah University with a B.A. in English and has been working as a writing tutor. She is eager to continue her studies in American and Africana literatures, focusing on diasporic histories and concepts of identity. Christy’s hobbies include playing music and, of course, reading.

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Angelina Ingrassia

Angelina Ingrassia hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently graduated with a B.A. in English language and literature and Italian from Gordon College near Boston, Massachusetts, she naturally finds herself drawn to the global literary works of all sorts. Writers such as Naguib Mahfouz and Italo Calvino sparked her passion for translations and how they translate into modern day culture. Angelina also finds herself drawn to literary journals, magazines, and journalism and has worked for both a magazine and newspaper thus far. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing games, drinking coffee, and being goofy with family.

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Morgan Lyle

Morgan Lyle is originally from Churchville, Virginia, a small town just outside of Harrisonburg. She is a recent graduate of James Madison University, graduating with a BA in English along with minors in Theatre and Creative Writing. She is particularly interested in exploring the various mediums of literature and the creativity each has to offer. Throughout her undergraduate career, she wrote several short stories, a screenplay, and a full-length play. She also fell in love with Ecocriticism and the study of cultural and global change through literature. She hopes to continue her creative studies through exploration of narrative structure in various mediums. In her free-time, Morgan enjoys playing guitar and tending to her zoo complete with two chinchillas, Leonardo and DaVinci, a fish, and her cat (Cleopatra).

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Madeline Marsh

Madeline Marsh is from the small farm town of Middlebrook, which is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. After graduating as an English major from James Madison in 2018, she spent a year working as a journalist at a newspaper in Lexington, Virginia. She maintains specific interests in literary theory, medieval and Renaissance literature, and folk lyric; however, really, she is excited to explore everything. Additionally, she is interested in applying narratological concepts to news writing and considering the narrator and reader relationship, especially as it relates to truth perception. In her downtime, you will find Mattie fiddling in bluegrass jams or playing with her pet goat, Bean.

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Megan Medeiros

Megan Medeiros was born and raised in Southwest Virginia and got her BA in English from JMU in 2017. Since then, she's been working as a freelance writer and editor, focusing on online content, website creation, and the likes. Shifting her focus back to academia, Megan is interested in studying the novel and its construction further, particularly in terms of generic conventions and the reader's experience. She's also interested in diving further into women's and gender studies. Her primary interests currently lie in American literature, specifically that of the Modern and Postmodern periods with a special interest in the Southern Literary genre. Some of her favorite authors include William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas Adams, Jane Austen, Jonathan Safran Foer, Charlotte Bronte, and Willa Cather. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, embroidering, crafting, and reading.

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Rebecca Paulisch

Rebecca Paulisch is from Browntown, Virginia, a small and sleepy town in the Shenandoah Valley. Since she graduated from William and Mary in 2020 with a BA in both English and Hispanic Studies, she finds herself interested in combining these two areas of interest by exploring the subject Early Modern English, specifically  Renaissance drama, in a Hispanic context. She also maintains an interest in Latinx literature and postcolonial theory. She hopes to continue her academic pursuits after JMU and get her PhD in English so that she may teach at the university level as a professor. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, you can find her trying and failing to copy the recipes from the Great British Baking Show or enjoying a challenging hike. 

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Ardyn Tennyson

Born in San Francisco and now living in Northern Virginia, Ardyn Tennyson is a recent English graduate of the JMU Honors College. She decided to continue her education at JMU through the master’s program with the phenomenal English faculty. Her main area of interest is Victorian Literature, particularly that of the fin de siècle. She is interested in exploring the unique anxieties of the turn of the 19th century, particularly gender politics, sexuality, class, immigration and racial tensions through literature influenced by the rising popularization of spiritualism and the establishment of the psychology field. Ardyn plans to compliment her undergraduate focus on British Literature with additional research into American, French, and German literary contributions to late 19th century sentiments. After her time at JMU, Ardyn plans on pursuing a PhD in English with the hope of continuing her passion for literature as a professor.

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Leslie Truax

Leslie Truax spent her formative years bouncing between Texas, China, and Taiwan before journeying to JMU. After obtaining her B.A. in English and M.A.T. during her time there, she has taught eighth grade English and coached Debate at a high school in Shenandoah County, Virginia for two years. She greatly looks forward to returning to JMU to continue her studies as she continues working with her students. Her literary passions include Medieval and Renaissance literature, Victorian literature, and studying the intricate relationship between culture and the literature born from it. She enjoys devouring books of all kinds, playing video games, traipsing around Scottish festivals, and spending time with her husband and two cats: Penny and Merlin.

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