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Plath Profiles

Editorial Board Biographies

Smita Agarwal has been publishing poetry in India and abroad for over twenty years. She is the author of Wish-granting Words, Ravi Dayal Publisher, New Delhi. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as, Nine Indian Women Poets, Oxford University Press, 1997; Verse: Indian Poetry Feature, UK & USA, Vol. 17 & 18, 2001; Reasons for Belonging, Penguin, 2002; Midnight’s Grandchildren: Post Independence Poetry from India, Struga Poetry Press, Macedonia, 2003; Fulcrum: Special Issue on Indian Poetry in English, USA: No. 4, 2005. Her Ph.D focused on Sylvia Plath. She is Professor of English at the University of Allahabad, India. Her hobby is Indian music and her songs are available on the Beat of India website.

Steven Gould Axelrod is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He has won his university's Distinguished Teaching Award and has held the MacCauley Chair in Teaching Excellence. Among his books are Robert Lowell: Life and Art (Princeton University Press 1978) and Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words (Johns Hopkins University Press 1990). He is co-editor of The New Anthology of American Poetry, Volumes 1-3 (Rutgers University Press, 2003, 2005, and forthcoming). His edited scholarly books include Robert Lowell: New Essays on the Poetry (Cambridge University Press 1986). He has published over sixty articles, including work on Plath in Contemporary Literature, American Poetry Review, The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath, and the forthcoming Representing Sylvia Plath.

Diann Blakely is a poet, reviewer, and essayist whose most recent book, Cities of Flesh and the Dead, won the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 7th Annual Elixir Publication Prize. Work from her current manuscript, Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson, has been featured in the Believer, Callaloo, the Chronicle of Higher Education, DoubleTake, Parnassus, and Shenandoah; since 2010, Blakely's prose has appeared at Antioch Review and Pleiades, as well as online at the Best American Poetry site, Chapter 16: Tennessee Humanities Online, Nashville Scene, Village Voice Media, Option, and Swampland. See for more.

Tracy Brain is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in Bath, England. Her areas of interest include contemporary women's writing, the nineteenth century novel, children's literature, and fairy tales. Her recent publications include The Other Sylvia Plath (2001), "Sylvia Plath's Letters and Journals" in The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath (2006), "Dangerous Confessions: The Problem of Reading Sylvia Plath Biographically" in Modern Confessional Writing (2006), and "Unstable Manuscripts: The Indeterminacy of the Plath Canon" in The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath (2007).

Christina Britzolakis is Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. Her book, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning (Oxford U P, 1999), situates Plath's poetry and prose in the contexts of modernism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and Cold War culture. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on Plath, and on a wide range of other twentieth-century authors. Her current research focusses on modernism, urban space and visual culture, with reference to James, Ford, Conrad, Rhys and others.

W. K. Buckley received his Ph.D from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and currently teaches in the English Department at Indiana University (Northwest). He is the editor of Critical Essays on Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1989) and author of Lady Chatterly's Lover: Loss and Hope (1993). His poetry books include By the Horses Before the Rains, Athene in Steeltown, 81 Mygrations, Sylvia's Bells, Lost Heartlands Found, and On Heartland Soils. His poems have appeared in Abiko Quarterly, Coe Review, Left Curve, Poetry New York, The Cafe Review, New Orleans Review, California Quarterly, and others. Buckley is the Founding Editor of Plath Profiles.

Dr. Elena Ciobanu is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Bacau, Romania. Her areas of interest include modern and contemporary American and British poetry and poetics. Her research has focused on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and she is currently completing a book entitled Sylvia Plath’s Poetry: The Metamorphoses of the Poetic Self. She has published translations of contemporary British and American poems in various cultural magazines of Romania, and she regularly contributes cultural essays to the national magazine Ateneu. She is also a published poet: Poezii cu ceas/Poems with a clock, Corgalpress, Bacau, 2004.

Kathleen Connors is Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. She was director/curator of "The Arts of Sylvia Plath" project, which included the Sylvia Plath 70th Year Literary Symposium in 2002 and the exhibition "Eye Rhymes: Visual Arts and Manuscripts of Sylvia Plath" featuring works from the Lilly Library and Mortimer Rare Book Room archives, which formed the basis of Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of theVisual (2007). Her professional field is arts and educational programming, with a focus on women's writing, youth pedagogy, interdisciplinary and Asian cultural initiatives.

Dr. Gail Crowther was awarded her PhD from Lancaster University in March 2010 for her thesis "The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath." She teaches at Lancaster University, is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and is Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Historical Sociology. Her current research interests are feminist life writing, sociological hauntings and post-industrial ruins.

Dr. Luke Ferretter is Assistant Professor of 20th Century British and American Literature at Baylor University. He is currently working on a study of Sylvia Plath’s fiction. He has published two books of critical theory, and several articles on twentieth century literature and theory, including work on Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, D.H. Lawrence and Hanif Kureishi.

Dr. Amanda Golden is an Acting Instructor at the University of Washington. In the fall of 2010 she will be a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University. She is completing the book manuscript, Annotating Modernism: The Reading and Teaching Strategies of Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, and Anne Sexton and editing with David Trinidad the essay collection, "This Business of Words": Reassessing Anne Sexton. She is the recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Center and an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship from the Lilly Library. She also co-edited Virginia Woolf Miscellany's special issue on Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath (2007) and served as research assistant for Karen V. Kukil and Stephen C. Enniss's exhibition and catalogue, "No Other Appetite" Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and the Blood Jet of Poetry (Grolier Club, 2005).

Dr. Anita Helle's most recent book is The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath (University of Michigan Press, 2007), an edited collection. She is past editor of American Literary Scholarship’s annual review of American poetry 1940s to the present (Duke University Press). Her interests are in Plath and modernism, visual culture, auto/biographical writing, and mid-century lyric. Her articles on Plath and twentieth century lyric have been published in South Atlantic Review, American Literature, The Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and Northwest Review.

Dr. Hilary Holladay is a professor of English and director of the Kerouac Center for American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Her books include Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton (LSU Press, 2004), which contains a chapter comparing Sylvia Plath's use of menstrual imagery with Clifton's. Holladay is also the co-editor of What's Your Road, Man? Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac's On the Road (Southern Illinois UP, 2008). She is currently a Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Dr. Dianne M. Hunter, Emerita Professor of English at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, USA, has published essays in the journals American Imago, The Psychoanalytic Review, Feminist Studies, Theatre Topics, Theater Journal, Partial Answers, TLS, PsyArt, and European Journal of Women's Studies. She edited Seduction and Theory (University of Illinois, 1989), and The Makings of Dr. Charcot's Hysteria Shows (Mellen, 1998).

Leyli Jamali is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran. She completed her M.A. in 1995 and her Ph.D in 2006. Her dissertation is titled "A Psychoanalytic Feminist Reading of Daniel Defoe's Novels under the Light of Lacanian and Kristevan Insights." She teaches courses on drama, the novel, the short story and literary criticism, she has supervised theses and directed workshops on literature. Her research interests cover a range of topics from feminism to comparative literature. Currently, she is working on an encyclopedic dictionary of literary terms as a reader for Iranian students.

Karen V. Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, edited The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962, published by Faber and Faber in London and Anchor Books in New York in 2000. The creative marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes was the focus of a collaborative exhibition co-curated by Karen Kukil and Stephen Enniss at the Grolier Club in 2005. The accompanying catalog, “No Other Appetite”: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and the Blood Jet of Poetry, won the 2007 Division One Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award. For additional information, see Ms. Kukil’s website.

Dr. Jessica R. McCort received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in December 2009 for her dissertation "Getting Out of Wonderland: Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, and Anne Sexton." She teaches at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in the Writing Program and has published on Plath's appropriation of fairy tales and Lewis Carroll's Alice books. Her research interests include the intersection of children's literature and women's writing, as well as the intersection of children's literature and the gothic.

Linda Wagner-Martin edited a collection of essays on Plath, and her biography of Plath appeared in 1987, and she subsequently wrote the Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life, for Macmillan. She teaches at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and writes on such other twentieth century figures as William Faulkner, Anne Sexton, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Gertrude Stein. She is currently writing the history of American literature, from 1950 to the present, for Blackwell.

Kristina Zimbakova is a Sylvia Plath scholar, painter and freelance translator. Along with solo and group exhibiting of her mixed-media works, she has published numerous articles on Plath and translated selected poems by various poets into Macedonian. She has edited and translated Sylvia Plath: Selected Poems (2005), consisting of 39 poems, and Anne Sexton: Selected Poems (2011), consisting of 38 poems, both books published by Academic Press. She has translated into English a book of philosophical essays entitled The Great Building and Other Conversations with the Unknown One by Ferid Muhic, (Blesok 2001).