Richard Rankin Russell is graduate program director and Professor of English at Baylor University. He specializes in modern and contemporary British and Irish literature. He has published eight books on Irish literature, including Seamus Heaney’s Regions (2014), which won the Cleanth Brooks/Robert Penn Warren Prize for Literary Criticism, and, most recently, Seamus Heaney: An Introduction (2016).
Kate Daniels, Vice President
Kate Daniels has published several collections of poetry, including The Niobe Poems (1988), Four Testimonies (1998), and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret (2010). Daniels has won the Hanes Award for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a Pushcart Prize, the Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry, the James Dickey Prize, the Crazyhorse Prize for Poetry, and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Harvard University’s Bunting Institute, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her work has been widely anthologized, including in Best American Poetry. She is the co-editor Of Solitude & Silence: Writings on Robert Bly (1983). Her forthcoming book of poetry is Reading a Biography of Thomas Jefferson in the Months of My Son’s Recovery. She earned an MFA at Columbia University, and currently is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University. She was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2105.
Lee Oser, Secretary
Educated at Reed College and Yale University, Lee Oser teaches literature and religion at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts. His books include T.S. Eliot and American Poetry (1998), Out of What Chaos: A Novel (2007), and The Ethics of Modernism: Moral Ideas in Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Woolf, and Beckett (2007). His poetry has appeared in Commonweal, Southwest Review, National Review, Spiritus, and Literary Imagination.
Ernest Suarez, Executive Director
Ernest Suarez is David M. O’Connell Professor of English at The Catholic University of America. He has published widely on southern literature, poetry, and music. Most recently, he is the editor of Jim Dickinson’s memoir I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone (2017) and of “Writing the South” in the Cambridge History of American Poetry (2015). He and Mike Mattison edit a regular feature, “Hot Rocks: Songs and Verse,” in Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, and Suarez writes occasional articles on music for The Washington Post. He was selected the James E. Dornan Memorial Professor of the Year at Catholic University (1993-1994), the District of Columbia Professor of the Year (1999) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and was the recipient of the William H. Kadel Distinguished Alumni Award (2000) from Eckerd College. He was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Spain (1999) and China (2005-2006). He is a former president of the ALSCW.