MemberSarah Wilma Watson

Sarah Wilma Watson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing a dissertation on the reception of Christine de Pizan, a Parisian poet, in late medieval England, focusing in particular on women readers of Christine’s works. Originally from Rochester, NY, Sarah graduated with a BA in English and History from the University of Rochester in 2010 and went on to complete an MA in Medieval Studies at Fordham University in 2012.

MemberJohn Havard

I am an associate professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery specializing in early American literature. My monograph, Hispanicism and Early U.S. Literature: Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the Origins of U.S. National Identity, is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. My recent published essays include work on James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Peabody Mann, Martin Delany, and early African-American fiction. I am in the early stages of beginning a new book project on the influence of the rhetoric of religious liberty on early American literature.

MemberAliya James Allen Weise

Aliya recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the the George Washington University with a focus on American Literature and Culture and Critical Animal Studies. He is currently an instructor at the San Diego State University with the College of Education’s School of Teacher Education as well as at San Diego High School with the Academy of Finance. Prior to his Ph.D., he complete a Master of Fine Arts in poetry at the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in American Literature and Creative Writing at Western Washington University. Aliya is currently working on transforming his dissertation into a book-length study in addition to several creative writing projects.