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Mollie Barnes is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. She has published on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Margaret Fuller, Charlotte Forten Grimké, Fanny Kemble, Emma Lazarus, and Edith Wharton. Her book project—Real-Life Heroines: How Women Reformers Wrote One Another’s Lives in the Sea Islands, 1838–1902—studies activist women’s letters, journals, diaries, and biographies, and examines how Black and white women activists represented, misrepresented, and wrote one another in and out of lowcountry histories. Mollie serves as Second Vice President of the Margaret Fuller Society.

Megan Cole is an English PhD. candidate at the University of California, Irvine with a designated emphasis in critical theory. Her research interests include ecocriticism and energy humanities across late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century American fiction. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Post 45: Contemporaries, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.

Michael Frederick is Executive Director of the Thoreau Society. His research includes graduate work on Thoreau’s social philosophy and ethics as well as postgraduate work on the publication of Thoreau’s Wild Fruits.

Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination, best known for The Gift (1983) and, more recently, A Primer for Forgetting (2019).

Matthias Klestil is a Postdoctoral Assistant in American Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He wrote his Ph.D. on nineteenth-century African American literature and was a Bavarian Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.  Klestil’s first book Environmental Knowledge, Race, and African American Literature is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan (2023). His current research project focuses on narrative theory, ecocriticism, and contemporary North American fiction and film.

David K. Leff was an environmentalist, lecturer, author, and poet—and volunteer firefighter, among other varied and remarkable occupations. He edited Echoes from Walden: Poems Inspired by Thoreau’s Life and Work (2021), and co-edited (with Eric D. Lehman) New England Nature: Centuries of Writing on the Wonder and Beauty of the Land (2021), and authored several books, including Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance, and Survival of the Wild (2016.)

David McCann taught Classical Japanese language and literature at Cornell University, and then Korean literature at Cornell and at Harvard. He retired in 2014. David has published 32 books—translations of poems by individual Korean writers, studies and anthologies of Korean literature, and eleven books of his own poems.

Alex Moskowitz is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of English at Mount Holyoke College, where he teaches American and African American literature through the nineteenth century. His book project, American Imperception: Literary Form, Sensory Perception, and Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, explores racial capitalism’s role in the historical determination of sensory perception. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literary HistoryNOVEL: A Forum on Fiction; Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts; and elsewhere. He also serves as Associate Editor of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies.

William Rossi, co-editor of two volumes of Thoreau’s Journal in the Princeton Edition, of Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship (2009) with John Lysaker, and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Walden, Civil Disobedience and Other Writings (3rd edition, 2008), is author of essays on Thoreau, Emerson, Transcendentalism, and science. He is (still) at work on a study of Thoreau and mid-century evolutionary discourse.

Vanessa Vallee has been keeping track of the Walden Pond State Reservation’s wildlife (with Walden Pond Park Interpreter Jacqui Kluft) since 2018.

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