Christopher Aruffo is a vocal performer currently producing an audio library of Poe's works, interpreting the texts with respect to Poe's critical theories and cosmology. He is completing a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at McMaster University with a concentration in speech perception and production.
R. C. De Prospo has been a college and university teacher for over thirty-five years, has published a book on Jonathan Edwards and coedited a book on Harriet Beecher Stowe, has books forthcoming on Poe and American literary historiography, and has published numerous articles on early and nineteenth-century American literature and on literary theory. He is former Chair of the Humanities Division and of American Studies at Washington College of Maryland, where he is a professor of English.
Steven Fink is Associate Professor of English and Associate Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University. His research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature and Jewish American literature. He is author of Prophet in the Marketplace: Thoreau's Development as a Professional Writer (1992); coeditor of Reciprocal Influences: Literary Production, Distribution, and Consumption in America (1999); past editor of the journal American Periodicals; and author of a number of essays on American literature. His current book project is a study of satire in Jewish American post-Holocaust literature.
Alexander Hammond is Associate Professor Emeritus from the Department of English at Washington State University and consulting editor for Poe Studies, a journal on which he variously served as editor and coeditor from 1975 through 2007. He has published a series of articles on Poe's fiction, especially the Folio Club tales, and is currently working on WSU's Palmer C. Holt source collection for Poe's writings.
John Edward Martin is Assistant Professor of English at Louisiana Tech University, specializing in American romanticism, poetry, and gothic fiction. He has recently presented papers on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft at the Bicentennial International Poe Conference and the American Literature Association Conference, and he has articles forthcoming on Poe's “Tamerlane” and on Poe, Lovecraft, and the teaching of horror fiction and film.
Philip Edward Phillips is Professor of English and Interim Associate Dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches British and American literature. His work on Poe has appeared in Poe Studies, the Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Approaches to Teaching Poe's Prose and Poetry (2008). He is currently W. T. Bandy Fellow at the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, Vanderbilt University, where he is creating an exhibition on Charles Baudelaire's translations of Poe using rare books and materials from the collection.
O. Polovinkina, Professor of the Russian State University for the Humanities, received her PhD from Moscow Pedagogical State University. She specializes in the history of American poetry, and her research has been published in book form: “Glimpses of Heaven”: The Metaphysical Style in Twentieth-Century American Poetry; Evolution and Reflection (2005) and The Metaphysical Style in the History of American Poetry (2011).
Rick Rodriguez teaches American literature at Loyola University Chicago. He is currently working on a monograph titled “Feeling Adrift: Displaced Americans in the Age of Emotion.”
Robert J. Scholnick is Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. His publications include Edmund Clarence Stedman, American Literature and Science (edited essay collection), and numerous articles in such journals as American Literature, Journal of American Studies, American Studies, and American Periodicals.
Mark Steven is a graduate student at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he teaches in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies. He has published articles and chapters on literature, cinema, and philosophy.