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Sebastian A. Williams (2016) is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Purdue University. His paper, “Contaminated Salts and Volatile Ethers: Jekyll and Hyde and the Pharmacy Act," was recently published in the Journal of Stevenson Studies. The paper was originally written for the course “Romanticism and the Body” with Dr. Barry Milligan and Dr. Crystal Lake when Sebastian was an M.A. student at Wright State. He also works as a composition instructor and a content developer for the Purdue OWL. Currently, he is working on a Critical Disability Studies page that will be available to the public soon. (8/01/17)


Jessica Hanselman Gray (2014) is in her fourth year as a Ph.D. student in English Literature at University of California Davis. She is proposing a dissertation on reproductive metaphors of authorship in 17th-century literature and science writing. She will have a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. Her review of Marilyn Francus's book Monstrous Motherhood: Eighteenth Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity (which she wrote for Crystal Lake's seminar in 2014) will appear in this next issue of Criticism. She has also been acting again recently (Shakespeare plays and "The Diary of Anne Frank") and has led some post-show discussions about those pieces. (9/25/17)


M. Renee Benham (2012) earned her Ph.D. in English Literature in April 2017 from Ohio University, where she will be a post-doc during the 2017-18 academic year. Information on her forthcoming publications can be found on her website: www.mreneebenham.com. (8/01/17)


Ryan Ireland (2011) earned his Ph.D. in English from Miami University. He has published two novels, Beyond the Horizon (2015) and Ghosts of the Desert (2016), both set in the American West.  Ireland’s first novel is one he started to write in Erin Flanagan's Novel Writing Class (ENG 710) in Fall 2010. More information on Ireland can be found at his website: http://ryangireland.com. (9/22/17)


Kerry Hauman (2009) is assistant professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication at Transylvania University where she teaches courses in feminist rhetorics, digital rhetoric, business writing, and writing for/with non-profits and co-directs Transy's Digital Liberal Arts Initiative. She earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University in 2013. She published “Writing Teachers for Twenty-First Century Writers: A Gap in Graduate Education” (Co-authors Stacy Kastner and Alison Witte) in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 15.1 (Jan. 2015) and says her interest in this study grew out of work she did in her methods and materials course with Dr. David Seitz while in WSU's MA program. She is currently working on an edited collection (co-editors Katherine Fredlund and Jessica Ouellette) titled Feminist Connections: Rhetorical Strategies from the Suffragists to the Cyberfeminists. (9/22/17)


James Brubaker (2006) is assistant professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University where he teaches creative writing and is director of Southeast Missouri State University Press. As director of the press, he also serves as editor of the literary journal Big Muddy. He earned his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing - Fiction from Oklahoma State University. In 2013 co-founded with Nathan Knapp the online journal The Collapsar. Brubaker has published two books, Pilot Season (sunnyoutside), a collection of short descriptions of pilot episodes for fake television shows, and Liner Notes (Subito Press), a collection of short stories that began life as his dissertation. His third collection, Black Magic Death Sphere: (Science) Fictions will be published in 2018 by Urban Farmhouse press, and he recently finished a novel called The Taxidermist’s Catalog for which he’s currently seeking representation and/or publication. He has also published stories in Zoetrope: All Story, Hobart, Michigan Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Booth, Heavy Feather Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, The Collagist, Hayden’s Ferry Review, TheRS500.com, monkeybicycle, webConjunctions, and The Texas Review, among others. His first “real” publication was a story called “A New Map of America,” which he wrote in one of Erin Flanagan’s fiction workshops while working on his MA, and which was published as the second volume of a pamphlet/chapbook series called The Cupboard. (9/25/17)


Mark Fabiano (2006) published an essay called "Householder Disintegration and Awakening of Feminine Consciousness: Shashi Desphande's A Matter of Time" in Muses India: Essays on English-Language Writers from Mahomet to Rushdie Chetan Deshmane (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 2013). (2/13/14)