MemberMaria A. Dikcis

Maria Dikcis is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Northwestern University. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century poetry and poetics, with research and teaching interests in Latinx, African American, and Asian American literatures, critical race and ethnic studies, media aesthetics, and critical prison studies. Maria serves as the Director of the Cook County Jail Partnership for the Northwestern Prison Education Program, and she is also a poetry staff member of Chicago Review literary magazine. Her full cv may be found at

MemberAnthony Alessandrini

I am a Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and of Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. I’m also on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. My areas of specialization include postcolonial literature and theory, the culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, literary and cultural theory, critical race studies, and poetry and poetics. My publications include the book Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the edited collection Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; and the co-edited volume “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (with Nazan Üstündağ and Emrah Yildiz). Last but not least, I am a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, an e-zine dedicated to the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

MemberAlmas Khan

As an intellectual historian, I analyze how modernism in American law and literature has shaped the quest for equal citizenship. Drawing on my Ph.D. in English and my J.D. with a focus on constitutional history, I interrogate how creative forms of legal dissent – ranging from judicial opinions to lyric poems – have sparked constitutional reimagination in the context of African American, working-class, and women’s experiences. My current book project, An Intellectual Reconstruction: American Legal Realism, Literary Realism, and the Formation of Citizenship, construes legal realism (a progenitor of critical race theory) and literary realism as a major post-Civil War movements connecting disciplinary critiques to equitist politics. I have additional interests in British literary modernism and postcolonial studies, having composed articles on Joseph Conrad’s and Virginia Woolf’s texts. My literary and legal scholarship has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Critical Insights: Social Justice and American Literature; Critical Insights: Inequality; Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History; the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry; and the Chicago Journal of International Law. Recent articles include “Black Lives Matter and Legal Reconstructions of Elegiac Forms” and “Applied Legal Storytelling: Toward a Stylistics of Embodiment.” I have also published widely on writing studies pedagogy through the lens of critical theory, drawing on extensive experiences teaching literature, law, and composition. My pedagogical scholarship has appeared in the Washburn Law JournalPerspectives: Teaching Legal Research & WritingThe Law Teacher, and the anthology Writing as a Way of Staying Human in a Time that Isn’t. When not immersed in literature, law, history, and philosophy, I explore modernist-inflected alternative music, fashion, interior design, landscapes, gardens, and other aesthetic phenomena suiting my fancy.