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Madi Aiman

Research Interests: Ecocriticism, Digital Humanities, Climate Fiction, Medieval Literature, Gothic Literature, Indigeneity, and Null Curriculum

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Grace Boulanger

BA in Culture, Literature, and the Arts from University of Washington, WA

Research Interests: gothic literature, oral tradition, abjection, colloquialisms, language in digital spaces, language as a culture shifter, academic labor, and reflection practices.
Grace graduated from UW Bothell with an interdisciplinary English degree, as well as a minor in Classical Studies. Grace loves storytelling, and using language as a mold. She is focusing on the rhetoric and composition track with the hope of contributing to curriculum development in writing centers.

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Cecilia Curiel

Research Interests: Environmental humanities, ecocriticism, new materialism, posthumanism, migration and migrant literatures, indigenous and minority literatures
Cecilia graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in English. She has taught English and Literature to university, high school, and middle school students in China. In her free time Cecilia enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her pup; Maguey.

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Stephanie Galeana Barreto

B.A. in English, San José State University, CA

Research Interests: Latinx Literature, Critical Race Theory, and Gender Studies
Stephanie is a Bay Area native from San Jose, California. She graduated with a degree in English from San José State University. She enjoys hiking with her family and listening to her favorite artist, Taylor Swift.

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Addison Gloeb

B.A. in English, University of Wyoming, WY

Research Interests: Aesthetics and politics of music, American folk music, Eastern religion in American culture.
I'm from Fremont, Nebraska, a small town in the eastern part of the state. In my free time I like to play the guitar and banjo.

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Megan Landre

B.A. in Religious Studies and English, Bradley University, IL

Research Interests: Contemporary American literature, Marxist theory, feminist theory, masculinity.
Originally from Lodi, California, Megan has spent most of her life living in Northern Illinois. As an undergraduate, Megan's love of literature led her to Religious Studies where she became a scholar of prominent Jewish texts, such as the TaNaKh and the Talmud. Megan also minored in Women and Gender Studies and uses that background to inform her academic research in literature. When she can coax creativity, she writes poetry and has had a few of her works published in literary journals.

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Natasha Loving

BFA in Creative Writing; BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, AZ

Research Interests: ecocriticism, the relationship between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, queer theory, rhetoric, immersive experiences and the language of fan spaces
Natasha has lived all over, but she calls Goodyear, Arizona home. She graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Creative Writing. Natasha is fascinated with the relationship between humanity and the natural world. She is passionate about making science accessible through writing, communication, and education that emphasizes approachability and engagement. Her undergraduate honors thesis focused on the relativity and subjectivity of the term "pest" and what the label informs us about the human concepts of power, fragility, and control. Her hobbies include playing tabletop role-playing games, prop-making, miniature building, watching cartoons, baking, cooking, and collecting Buffy the Vampire Slayer memorabilia.

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Janie Marino

BFA in Creative Writing, Kansas City Art Institute, MO

Research Interests: Holocaust art and literature, disaster nonfiction, contemporary transgressive fiction, fairy tales.
While at the Kansas City Art Institute, I studied creative writing, with a focus on poetry, and graphic design. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on Stanley Kubrick’s use of fairy tale motifs in The Shining and served as the managing editor of Sprung Formal, KCAI’s annual art and literary journal. I love Italian food, origami, Medieval art, and thunderstorms.

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Rachel Pak

BA in Philosophy, University of California, Riverside, CA

Research Interests: literature and philosophy, intellectual history, novel theory
Originally from Philadelphia, Rachel grew up in the UAE and Kuwait. She studied philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven before finishing her B.A. at UC Riverside. Her interests include the intersection of philosophy and literature, literary theory, and the novel. She hopes to combine her interests in the history of philosophy and 20th century continental philosophy with the history of literary works and critical approaches to literature. Her current passion is for landscape writing, particularly of the American West.

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Brandyn Parker

B.A. in English, University of Illinois Chicago, IL

Research Interests: Using psychological concepts and scientific research to analyze, discover, and explore literary phenomena.
Brandyn is a graduate of English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completing his degree in 2019, he spent two years writing fiction and studying psychology as an autodidact. Yes, that's right, despite being a graduate of English with every intention of becoming an English professor, he has a penchant for exploring and explaining the complexity of the human mind. His hobbies are (almost exclusively) reading, writing, working out, and listening to obscure 80's music that you probably never heard of.

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David Riedel

Research Interests: Narrative structures, Affect Theory, Hypernormalization, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction and Recovery, History of the American West, Intersections of Paranormal Events and Pop Culture, Unidentified Areal Phenomena, Intersections of Christianity and Conspiracy Theory
David was born and raised in Bosler, Wy. He will buy you coffee in exchange for you telling him about that completely crazy, unexplainable thing that happened to you that one time. In his free time, he reads, writes, and watches movies of all kinds. Favorite book: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Favorite movie: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Favorite band: Elliott Smith

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David Riedl

B.A. in Secondary English Education, University of Wyoming, WY

Research Interests: Rhetoric of monuments, storytelling, active mentions and silences in the historical process, and public memory.
David graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Secondary English Education in December, 2020 after defending an English Honors thesis in which he investigated active silences amongst indigenous peoples throughout various constructions of common historical narratives in the Black Hills region. He spends his summers in a small mountain town where he works as a ranch hand and a fly fishing guide, and he most values time spent in the great outdoors. He has a heart for people, storytelling, and cultural exchange, and he hopes to incorporate these into his graduate studies.

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Greg Ronco

MFA in Creative Writing, University of Wyoming BA in Management and Entrepreneurship, Clark University

Research Interests: Irish and Scottish literature, Celtic grief, humor, literature of aging, postcolonial literature
Greg is from Bedford, Massachusetts. He is a writer, audio producer, and teacher, with a background in editing, foreign education, and photography. Greg currently produces The Dead Beat podcast and is an editor for The Meadowlark Review. In a past life, Greg taught English in Ishikawa, Japan and produced the HumaNature podcast at Wyoming Public Media. He most recently completed a thesis manuscript on the tensions of concept and reality in relation to identity emergence. Greg’s primary research interests are the exploration of grief and humor through Irish and Scottish literature, with an added emphasis on their interactions with literature of aging and Celtic storytelling tradition. Greg enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading. He also has a taste for tea, preferably with warm popovers, and more preferably while looking out the window at an autumn lake or rocky coastline.

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Sydney Schmidt

B.A in Secondary English Education, University of Wyoming, WY

Research Interests: Representation of women in literature, cultural studies, and gothic writings
Born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming, Sydney holds a profound appreciation for small-town communities. While her undergraduate experience allowed her to become an active member of Laramie's community, graduating with her BA in Secondary English Education highlighted the beginning of her academic career. By continuing her education at the University of Wyoming and specializing in public humanities, Sydney hopes to develop a relationship with nonprofit organizations and contribute to the public good.

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Ekomabasi Udoete

B.A (Hons) English Studies. Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria

Research Interests: Comparative Literature/Cultural studies and Play production.
I am from Nigeria, raised in AkwaIbom state, Nigeria. After my undergraduate convocation, I taught in a pre-school, Brainy Hive kids care, Uyo, Nigeria. It was there I realized how much I enjoyed working with toddlers. I like critiquing movies and I am a big fan of Sci Fi and Crime fictions.

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Sarah Wagoner

BA in English Literature, Chadron State College, NE

Research Interests: Male Gaze Theory, Female Gaze Theory, Critical Race Theory, Queer
Sarah Wagoner is from Scottsbluff, NE. She earned her degree in English Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing at Chadron State College. Through her literature studies, she grew an interest in LGBTQIA+ and gender representation in literature and film. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the subversive use of the male gaze in exploitation films from the 1970s. She has presented the thesis and other papers on transgressive themes at literary conferences. She believes transgressive art has the potential to thoroughly explore trauma and other societal issues. She hopes to deepen her knowledge of literature and feminist/Queer theories.

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Justin Yeung

B.A. in English Literature from Georgia State University, GA

Research Interests: feminist, queer, and postcolonial theory, regional narratives, and any and all literature written by and about women, people of color, and queer people.
Justin Yeung is originally from rural Northwest Georgia, where he happily grew up among the sunny green warmth of Appalachia. He discovered in childhood that literature was not only one of the greatest joys in life, but also a portal into other places and times, and a key to the hearts, understandings, and contexts of people around the world; with this being the case, he had no other choice but to major in English when he attended Georgia State University in the wonderful city of Atlanta, and to pursue graduate study of literature now, which has always been his dream. He currently resides in the state of Washington with his husband and is excited to call Laramie his second home.

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