John Baxter is Professor of English at Dalhousie University. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Poetic Styles (1980; rpr. Routledge, 2005), co-editor of Aristotle’s Poetics by George Whalley (McGill-Queen’s, 1997), and co-editor of In Defence of Adam by C.Q. Drummond (Edgeways Books, 2004). Recent articles include “Tying the Knot in Othello,” Essays in Criticism 64.3 (July 2014): 266-92 and “‘My Shakespeare, rise’: Ben Jonson’s Celebration of His Shakespeare,” Cahiers Elisabethains 90.1 (Summer 2016): 30-41. One of his favorite American poets is J.V. Cunningham: see, for example, “Shakespeare in Syllabics: J.V. Cunningham’s ‘To What Strangers, What Welcome’,” Literary Imagination 12.1 (2010): 101-08.
David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale University. His books include Hazlitt: the Mind of a Critic, A Choice of Inheritance, Politics by Other Means, Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s, Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry, Moral Imagination, and The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence. He is a contributor to TLS, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.
Rosellen Brown has published widely in magazines and her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and Pushcart Prizes. One is included in the best-seller Best Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Her novels include Half a Heart, Cora Fry’s Pillow Book, and Tender Mercies. She has been the recipient of an award in literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Bunting Institute, the Howard Foundation, and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was selected one of Ms. Magazine’s 12 “Women of the Year” in 1984. Some Deaths in the Delta was a National Council on the Arts prize selection and Civil Wars won the Janet Kafka Prize for the best novel by an American woman in 1984.
Herbert Marks is Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University. Alongside his work on the Hebrew Bible, including The Norton English Bible (Old Testament)–an edition with full commentary of the KJV–he has written on European and American writers from Dante to Bishop. His most recent publications are a study of the American artist Robert Yarber and an essay on the paradox of predictive prophecy (“Prophetie und Prognostik”). Ouvertures bibliques. L’Ancien Testament livre par livre is due out in 2017.
Mike Mattison is a singer and songwriter who works mostly in the blues idiom. He is perhaps best-known for his work in the Derek Trucks Band and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, with whom he has won two Grammy awards, received six Blues Music Awards, and recorded nine albums. He attended Harvard University where he graduated cum laude in 1991 with a concentration in American Literature. He is the author of many essays, and is the co-editor of the poetry and music feature “Hot Rocks: Songs and Verse” in Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art. He began his music career in earnest as one half of the blues duo Scrapomatic, who have released four albums to date. Since 2001 he has toured constantly with Scrapomatic, the DTB, and TTB, performing on five continents and in every state, except Alaska. He has also toured, recorded, and shared the stage with B.B. King, Carlos Santana, the Allman Brothers Band, Solomon Burke, and Herbie Hancock.
James Najarian is Associate Professor of English at Boston College, where he edits the scholarly journal Religion and the Arts. He is the author of Victorian Keats (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and many articles on nineteenth-century British literature. He is presently working on a study of the idea of the ‘minor poet’ in the nineteenth century. He is a recent winner of the Meringoff Prize and the Frost Farm Prize in Metrical Poetry.
Rebecca Rainof is Associate Professor of English at the Catholic University of America and Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University. She specializes in Victorian and Modernist literature, with interests in the relationship between visual art and literature, religious studies, narrative theory, gender studies, and memoir writing. She is the author of The Victorian Novel of Adulthood: Plot and Purgatory in Fictions of Maturity and is working on a second book, currently titled Van Gogh and the Victorians.
Meg Tyler was the 2016 Fulbright Professor of Anglophone Irish Writing at Queen’s University in Belfast. She teaches Humanities at Boston University where she also directs a poetry series and chairs the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture. Her book on Seamus Heaney, A Singing Contest, was published by Routledge in their series, Major Literary Authors. Her poetry chapbook, Poor Earth, came out from Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her poems and prose have appeared in Agni, Literary Imagination, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Irish Review and other journals. A chapter on Heaney’s last two volumes appears this Fall in “The Soul Exceeds Its Circumstances”: The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney, edited by Eugene O’Brien (Notre Dame University Press, 2016).
Rosanna Warren is the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her book of criticism, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, came out in 2008. Her most recent books of poems are Departure (2003) and Ghost in a Red Hat (2011). She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.