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AJ Burgin



AJ Burgin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Washington. Her dissertation explores the role of violence in twentieth-century British literature and culture, specifically the ways in which violence is internalized and redeployed as style. AJ has published on violence and temporality in Martin Amis’ Time’s Arrow and has a forthcoming article in MELUS on intersectionality in Octavia Butler’s fledgling. In her role as Assistant Director of UW’s Expository Writing Program, she also served as an editor for Writer/Thinker/Maker, a textbook for first-year composition, for which she is also a contributing author. She will defend her dissertation in June of 2017.


Stephanie Hankinson



Stephanie Hankinson is a PhD Candidate in English, Ketcham Endowment Research Assistant, and former Assistant Director of the Expository Writing Program at the University of Washington. Her primary areas of expertise are the imagination of natural disaster in 20th-century cultural productions of the American South and Caribbean, comparative black diaspora studies, and environmental aesthetics. She has recently published a book chapter on the stage-to-screen adaptation of Beasts of the Southern Wild for the collection: Adaptation as Collaborative Art – Process and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). She has a forthcoming chapter in EcoCulture: Disaster, Narrative, Discourse on the chronologies of disaster and narrative possibility of adaptive politics in contemporary American film (Lexington 2017).

She served as co-editor for the composition textbook Writer/Thinker/Maker: Approaches to Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (2017). She has published book reviews in recent issues of The Black Scholar as well as Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She is currently teaching courses in the English departments at the University of Washington and South Seattle College. She is also a founding member and contributor to Seattle-based performance critique collective: DeConstruct. DeConstruct is dedicated to intersectional analysis and peer-review of cross-disciplinary performance to foster increased equity in the arts in the Puget Sound region.

Alexandra Smith

Associate Editor


Alexandra Smith is a PhD student in English studying twentieth century multi-ethnic literatures of the United States, with a specific interest in literatures that take up “the street” and urban space.

She currently serves as an Assistant Director in UW’s Expository Writing Program, working primarily as a liaison between UW and Washington area high schools approved to teach UW’s first year composition curriculum. She has also served as a contributing author to Writer/Thinker/Maker, a textbook for first-year composition.

Emily Bald

Associate Editor


Emily Bald is a PhD candidate specializing in nineteenth-century American literature. She is particularly interested in the intersections of temporality and affect that emerged not only in literature but in philosophy, psychology and new ‘sciences of the body’ at the turn of the century. Her dissertation-in-progress focuses on literature that interrogates and poses alternatives to the various ways time was being codified and wielded as a source of social and political control in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from clocked factory labor to models of historical progress. Emily has published on temporal ‘habits’ and ‘habitats’ in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills, and is currently working on an article that explores Ambrose Bierce’s short fiction alongside (or rather in opposition to) 1880s Civil War cycloramas.

Jake Huebsch

Managing Editor


Jake Huebsch earned his bachelors in English and Education. He currently works as the Expository Writing Program’s Program Coordinator, managing over 100 teaching assistants and constructing the EWP’s annual class schedule. He is particularly interested in the study of ludic devices in educational spaces and will be pursuing a post graduate degree in the coming year.