Shelly Sanders: No Wake Zone
Shelly Sanders is an assistant professor of English at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. A former varsity high-school swimmer, she enjoys playing bocce on occasion as well as tennis. She studied creative writing at Emerson College, has been published in Aethlon and Windhover, and has her Ph.D. in feminism and sport literature from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Rhonda Saldivar: Border Conflicts and the Quest for Cultural Identity
Rhonda Saldivar is a graduate of Spelman College (B.A.), George Peabody College for Teachers (M.S.) and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.). Her fields of interest include her master’s thesis on southern local color and southwestern humor and her doctoral dissertation on the influence of the National Council of Teachers of English on the treatment of Blacks and Black Educational Issues. In 1985, she joined the English department at Texas Southern University and currently serves as interim department head. During her tenure, she has taught courses in literary criticism, advanced composition, British and American literature, world literature, freshman and honors English. She has also served on or chaired numerous department and university committees as well as community boards. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, Conference of College Teachers of English, Modern Language Association, Southern Comparative Literature Association and Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. Her most recent and pending articles, essays and reviews include The Life of Carlos Fuentes for The Compendium of 20th Century World Novelists and Novels (2006), a critical review of “African Myth and Folklore” essay for Comparative Literature (2006), “Intimations of the Poetic Style of Emily Dickinson as Manifested in the Poetry of Stephen Crane” (2005), “Border Conflicts and the Quest for Cultural Identity” (2006), and The Life of Josephine Brown (2007).
Jerry Bradley: Selected Poems
Jerry Bradley is Professor of English at Lamar University. He is the author of four books including The Movement: British Poets of the 1950s (criticism, Twayne) and Simple Versions of Disaster (poetry, University of North Texas Press), which was commended by the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Bradley was chosen as the 2000 Joe D. Thomas Scholar-Teacher of the Year by the Texas College English Association, and he received the 2005 Frances Hernandez Teacher-Scholar Award by the Conference of College Teachers of English. He was named Outstanding Alumnus from Midwestern State University's College of Liberal Arts in 2002. He has served on the literature panel of the Texas Commission on the Arts, and in 1996 he received the British Literature Award from the College Conference of Teachers of English.
Jerry is the author of more than one hundred fifty published stories and poems and has published more than thirty critical articles and eighty reviews; he has received more than forty grants in support of his literary activities, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, and the New Mexico Arts Division. His poetry has appeared in many literary magazines including New England Review, American Literary Review, Modern Poetry Studies, Poetry Magazine, and Southern Humanities Review.
He is currently poetry editor of Concho River Review, having founded and edited for sixteen years New Mexico Humanities Review. He is also president of the Conference of College Teachers of English and past-president of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association.
Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody: Candle & Matches: Following Elizabeth
A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL. Glacier Fire, her most recent book, won the Word Press Poetry Prize. Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein published her poem “Walking Under Night Sky” in his cassette “Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading from Their Works.”