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Emily Lordi

Emily Lordi is a professor and cultural critic who has written three books: Black Resonance, Donny Hathaway Live, and The Meaning of Soul.


Franz Nicolay

Franz Nicolay is a writer and musician whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the Kenyon Review, The Paris Review and elsewhere. His first book, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar (New Press, 2016), was named a “Season’s Best Travel Book” by the New York Times


Eugenia Zuroski

Eugenia Zuroski writes, researches, teaches, and edits in Hamilton, Ontario. She is author of A Taste for China: English Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism (Oxford University Press, 2013) and the poetry chapbook Hovering, Seen (Anstruther Press, 2019). Her tweets have been liked by Liz Phair and Neko Case on more than one occasion, so she has already accomplished more in this life than she ever dared dream.

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Anna E. Clark

Anna E. Clark's criticism and essays appear in publications such as The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe New InquiryPopula, and Public Books. Her edited edition of the Wilkie Collins novella The Dead Alive was recently published by Broadview Press. A teacher and writer, she lives in San Diego, California.

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Brittnay Proctor

Brittnay L. Proctor is a scholar and writer from southern California. Her research interests include: Black Studies; black popular music, Gender and Sexuality Studies, black feminist theory, sound studies, visual culture, and performance. Her work has been published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, American Literature, Sounding Out!, and Feminist Formations.

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Drew Daniel

Drew Daniel is half of the electronic band Matmos and all of The Soft Pink Truth. He is the author of two books: 20 Jazz Funk Greats and The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance. His two most recent solo albums (Shall We Go On Sinning So that Grace May Increase? and Am I Free To Go) came out this year on Thrill Jockey Records. He is currently working on a new book, titled Joy of the Worm: Genres of Self-Killing in the Age of Shakespeare. He lives in Baltimore.


Peter Kim George

Peter Kim George (he/him) is a New York based playwright.  He completed his PhD on George Eliot and the Victorian Novel in 2017. He is also a film critic and is currently teaching a course on New Korean Cinema.

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Rebecca Colesworthy

Rebecca Colesworthy is a literary scholar, writer, and editor in and around academia. In addition to spending her days working on other people’s books, she wrote one of her own, Returning the Gift: Modernism and the Thought of Exchange, published by Oxford University Press in 2018.


Ben Parker

Ben Parker is a scholar of novel theory and the history of the novel. He has also written about black metal and hardcore punk for the magazine n + 1.


Jared O'Connor

Jared O'Connor is a Ph.D. student studying poetry and poetics, queer theory, and formalism. When not indulging in cuddle sessions with his cats Rizzo and Frank, he enjoys long drives, going to shows around Chicago and the midwest, and watching Rays Baseball.


David Hering

David Hering is a writer, critic, and academic. His fiction and criticism has recently appeared in publications including Los Angeles Review of Books3:AM Magazine and The Quietus. He is the author of David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form (Bloomsbury, 2016). His debut novel Zealandia was shortlisted for the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize. He tweets at @hering_david.


Jordan Alexander Stein

Jordan Alexander Stein writes about music and sexuality and feelings for venues like AvidlyThe AwlSlate, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  He's also the author of Avidly Reads Theory (NYU, 2019) and When Novels Were Books (Harvard, 2020).  Find him tweeting @steinjordan.


Brian Connolly

Brian Connolly has written on US culture and politics and his publications have appeared in History of the PresentJ19Los Angeles Review of BooksAvidlyPublic Seminar, and The Immanent Frame. He is the author of Domestic Intimacies: Incest and the Liberal Subject in Nineteenth-Century America (Penn Press, 2014) and is currently working on a book on love, intimacy, and psychoanalysis at the end of the world called The Age of the Phallus.


Peter Coviello

Peter Coviello is the author of four books, the most recent of which are Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs (Penguin, 2018) and Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism (Chicago, 2019). He lives in Chicago.

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David Hollingshead

David Hollingshead is a Canadian who writes and teaches in New Jersey. An essay about singer-songwriter Neko Case is forthcoming in Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, and he’s written about a range of other topics in 18th and 19th-Century British and American literature. 

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Sheila Liming

Sheila Liming has written for The AtlanticMcSweeney’sThe Los Angeles Review of BooksPublic BooksThe Point, and others. Her first book, What a Library Means to a Woman, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press while a second book project, Office is forthcoming from Bloomsbury through its Object Lessons series.  


Robert Cashin Ryan

Robert Cashin Ryan is co-editor of hyped on melancholy. He has written on christmas, drone music, "Born in the USA," and other things people hate for AvidlyThe Los Angeles Review of BooksSounding Out!, and other venues. He also writes about imperial late-style, the ocean, and Henry James in more ornate academic outposts. He lives, teaches, and writes between upstate NY, downstate NY, and Chicago.

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Sarah Osment

Sarah Osment is co-editor of hyped on melancholy, and writes, reads and teaches in the Tampa Bay Area. She has written about photographic blankness and literary atmosphere, and is at work on a book about when words work like weather vanes. She recently sang “Redondo Beach” at karaoke.

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Dominic Pettman

Dominic Pettman professes in New York City. He is the author of numerous books on technology, humans, and other animals; including the recent Creaturely Love (Minnesota), Sonic Intimacy (Stanford), and Metagestures (Punctum, with Carla Nappi). You can find out more at 

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Sean Ward

Sean Ward teaches and writes on nineteenth and twentieth century literature and culture. He's at work on two book projects, one focusing on the concept of blackness and the history of the novel, the other on Frank Little and the Butte Metal Miners Strike of 1917. He lives in St. Paul.


Pam Thurschwell

Pam Thurschwell is the editor of Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture (2017). She has written on Bob Dylan, George Eliot, Sigmund Freud, and Bruce Springsteen and writes a lot about Henry James. She recently wrote about Joni Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, and irritable feminism in Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings (ed. Ruth Charnock, 2019). She is working on a book on adolescence and time travel, and lives in Lewes, England.


Mike Huguenor

Mike Huguenor is a musician and writer from San Jose, CA. His musical projects include Shinobu, Hard Girls, and the Jeff Rosenstock Band. A regular contributor to Bay Area alt-weeklies Metro Silicon Valley & Good Times Santa Cruz, he can also be found in Le Monde Diplomatique, the Outline, Guitar World, and elsewhere.

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Kathleen Blackburn

Kathleen Blackburn grew up in Lubbock, Texas and now lives in Chicago where she writes essays about memory, religion, and "ugly" animals. Recent work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, and others, with "Notable" listings in Best American Essays

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Ruth Charnock

Dr. Ruth Charnock is a writer, poet, and academic. She is the editor of Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings, out now with Bloomsbury, and the author of Anais Nin: bad sex, shame and contemporary culture, forthcoming with EUP. Her last piece, “Bad Teacher: A work in progress” came out in Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry in Summer, 2019. Her work is interested in affect (particularly “bad” feelings), feminism and popular culture. She continues to love Roxette.

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