John Cech is a Professor of English at the University of Florida, award-winning author of books for children and adults, and the director of UF’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. Read more about his fiction, scholarship, and teaching here.
Melissa Bianchi is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida. Her research interests include digital media studies, animal studies, and cultural studies. Her current work examines the representation of animals in popular video games.
Bishnupriya Chowdhury studied English and comparative literature respectively in undergrad and in masters. She is currently writing and painting besides homemaking.
Rebekah Fitzsimmons is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida, where she also completed her MA in 2010. In addition to her concentration on children’s literature, her other interests include: American studies, cultural studies, canonicity, consumer culture and science fiction. She has published articles in Children’s Literature and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.
Kristen Gregory is a PhD candidate studying children’s literature at the University of Florida. She is interested in gender studies, girlhood culture, and gifted children in literature. Kristen lives in Gainesville with her husband Matt, and their dog and cat, named Eeyore and McGonagall.
Mariko Turk is a PhD candidate at the University of Florida. She focuses in 20th century American girls’ culture, and is particularly interested in historical fiction and series fiction for girls, and ballet’s presence in girls’ culture.
Casey Wilson is a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, where she studies young adult literature, digital media, and popular culture. She lives in Gainesville with two dogs, a cat, and lots of books. You can find her @caseyalane on Twitter.