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Volume 18, Number 3
May, 2008

    Tristan Abbott

    Tristan Abbott is an adjunct instructor at the University of Northern Iowa. He will begin his Ph.D. studies in the fall of 2009.

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    Keith P. Feldman

    Keith P. Feldman received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 2008. His current research project, "Racing the Question: Israel/Palestine and U.S. Imperial Culture," traces a post-World War II shift in U.S. imperial formation charted and contested by culture work that links struggles about race and rights in the United States with the question of Palestine. His articles have appeared in MELUS and CR: New Centennial Review, as well as in book collections.

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    John Freeman

    John Freeman is Professor of English at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has written articles on Thomas More, the most recent being "Utopia, Incorporated: Reassessing Intellectual Property Rights to 'the Island'" (ELR). Research interests in Shakespeare include "This Side of Purgatory: Ghostly Fathers and the Recusant Legacy in Hamlet" in Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern Europe (Fordham UP). The current article is the second of a series on Steorn, the first entitled: "Engine Nearing Perfection? and Steorn-Power, UnLtd." (CTheory). The final installment is also nearing perfection: "'Bearings and Nothingness': Limericks and the Viral Unmarketing of Steorn."

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    Elizabeth Freudenthal

    Elizabeth Freudenthal is a postdoctoral fellow in Literature, Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is working on two projects: a book about the ways that biomedicine defines and shapes human experience in contemporary American literature and culture, and an article about contemporary debt culture and temporality. Her article about obsessive-compulsive disorder and objectification in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest is forthcoming in New Literary History.

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    Chris Funkhouser

    Chris Funkhouser is Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Working in the developing field of digital poetry, he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, in 2006; in 2007 he was on the faculty of the summer writing program at Naropa University. The Associated Press commissioned him to prepare digital poems for the occasion of Barack Obama's inauguration. He is author of a documentary study, Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995, published in the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series of the University of Alabama Press (2007). An eBook (CD-ROM), Selections 2.0, was issued by the Faculty of Creative Multimedia at Multimedia University (2006). He is a member of the scientific review committee of the digital literature journal regards croisés, based at Université Paris 8, and has produced and edited publications online and in-print, including an early Internet-based poetry magazine (We 17, 1993), and a literary journal on CD-ROM (The Little Magazine, Vol. 21, 1995). Since 1986 he has been an editor at We Press, with whom he has produced poetry in a variety of media.

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    Susanne E. Hall

    Susanne E. Hall is a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. poetry, the New Left, and the rhetorics of revolution within mass-mediated culture. Her current book project, News That Stays News, demonstrates the ways in which U.S. poetry became an important form of political organization, both materially and psychologically, for the New Left. She has written recently on the cultural and political legacy of Allen Ginsberg in the Minnesota Review.

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    Neal King

    Neal King is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech, where he teaches courses on social theory, film violence, and gender inequality. He is author of Heroes in Hard Times: Cop Action Movies in the U.S., co-editor of Reel Knockouts: Violent Women in Film, and author of articles on film in Journal of Film and Video and Gender & Society. His current project, on censorship of and controversy over The Passion of the Christ, is forthcoming from Wallflower.

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    George Kuchar

    Born with a twin brother, Mike, in 1942 on the Isle of Manhattan, we mainly grew up in the Bronx and were schooled in the world of commercial art. I supported myself, and my hobby of making 8mm movies, with paychecks from that Midtown Manhattan world of angst and ulcers. Earning enough money to switch to 16mm in the 1960s (1965), both of us started splicing together bigger strips of film and lugging around heavier projectors. The burgeoning underground film movement, which at that time was in full swing, gave us an outlet for our work and we continued grinding out our separate visions on celluloid. In the very early 1970s I was invited to teach filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and have been there ever since. I came over with my dog but now use my cats as screen stars (sometimes) as he passed away. I became a traitor to the film department when 8mm video camcorders came on the market and jumped ship to start up in that dinghy medium. I enjoyed it and then sailed on to Hi-8, mini-DV and Digital 8. I don't regret it one bit. I'm still in the film department because I still make pictures that move even though there's a lot of "stills" in this sentence. I started making moving pictures in the 1950s so there's a whole pile of them in my closets (over 200). Some of the titles, in film, include: HOLD ME WHILE I'M NAKED, CORRUPTION OF THE DAMNED, COLOR ME SHAMELESS, and LUST FOR ECSTASY. The many video titles, which are diaries, dramas done with my film students and portraits of places with living things, include: VILE CARGO, FILL THY CRACK WITH WHITENESS, KISS OF THE VEGGIE VIXON, THE MIGRATION OF THE BLUBBEROIDS, and DINGLE BERRY JINGLES. I also occasionally act in films and videos of various formats and wrote the screenplay for the porn-horror flick, THUNDERCRACK, which was directed by Curt McDowell. I also authored a book of memoirs and filmmaking tips called: REFLECTIONS FROM A CINEMATIC CESSPOOL. My brother, Mike, also rants and gives helpful tips in that publication too.

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    Amy Abugo Ongiri

    Amy Abugo Ongiri is an assistant professor in the English Department and Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Florida. Her research interests include African American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her work has been published in College Literature, Camera Obscura, Black Filmmaker, Nka: The Journal of Contemporary African Art, the Journal of Asian American Studies, and the Journal of African American History. Her book Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic explores the cultural politics of the Black Power movement, particularly the Black Arts movement's search to define a "Black Aesthetic." It is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press in Fall 2009.

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    Michael D. Snediker

    Michael D. Snediker is the author of Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions (U Minnesota Press, 2008). He is currently at work on a new book, "The Aesthetics of Disability: American Literature and Figurative Contingency." He is Assistant Professor of American Literature at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario.

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