Contributors – Issue 1 Jennifer Daly Contributors Johannah Caitriona Duffy is an AHRC Research Fellow in the School of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is currently working on a book entitledBacking Dr King, and her forthcoming publications include an essay entitled “Beating the Drum: African American and South African Townships, 1951-1960” in the Journal of Transnational Studies. Kit Fryatt lectures in English at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University. She has published work on Irish, British, and American poetry and is currently completing a monograph on Austin Clarke. Brian Hanley is a lecturer in modern Irish history at the School of History, Queens University Belfast. He is the author of The IRA, 1926-1936 (2002) and of several articles dealing with Irish republicanism and socialism. Áine Kelly is a PhD student in the School of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is primarily interested in the intersection of American poetry and philosophy. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the philosophical style of Wallace Stevens, Stanley Cavell and Richard Rorty. Victoria Kennefick is currently completing a PhD in American Literature at University College Cork under the supervision of Dr. Lee M. Jenkins. As a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science Scholarship, she had the opportunity to research her project, Lonely Voices of the South: Exploring the Transatlantic Dialogue of Flannery O’Connor and Frank O’Connor, at Georgia College and State University and Emory University where she was a MARBL Summer Research Fellow in 2008. Her main research interests lie in the areas of transnationalism, the American and Irish short story, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Southern literature, and contemporary American literature and film. Aoileann Ní Éigeartaigh is a lecturer in literature and cultural studies in Dundalk Institute of Technology. She is the co-editor of Borders and Borderlands in Contemporary Society (2006) andRethinking Diasporas: Hidden Narratives and Imagined Borders (2007), both from Cambridge Scholars, and has published articles on Irish literature, American literature and cultural theory. She is currently co-editing a volume entitled Transcultural Personalities (2009). She is the secretary of the Irish Association for American Studies. Peggy O’Brien is a member of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She formerly taught at Trinity College, Dublin. She has published two collections of poetry,Frog Spotting (2009) and Sudden Thaw (2004), and is the editor of the Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry (2002). She is also the author of Writing Lough Derg: from William Carleton to Seamus Heaney (2006). Nathanael O’Reilly is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Languages at The University of Texas at Tyler. He holds a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he wrote a dissertation on suburbia in contemporary Australian fiction. His criticism and poetry have been published in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. Justin Quinn is Associate Professor at the Charles University, Prague. He is the author of two studies of American poetry, and most recently the Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry: 1800-2000 (2008). Tom Rogers lectures in English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University. He gained his PhD, with a thesis on John Berryman, from the University of Sheffield in 2004. His book God of Rescue: John Berryman and Christianity is forthcoming from Peter Lang. Ellen Rowley is a researcher with the Royal Irish Academy, currently working on the Art and Architecture of Ireland project (scheduled for publication by Yale University Press in 2014). She is writing her PhD in the School of Architecture, UCD and the Department of History of Art, TCD, on the history of postwar architecture in Dublin, 1940-60. David Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in History and Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork. He is the author of several books including:US-Sandinista Diplomatic Relations (1995), U.S. Foreign Policy in World History (2000), andVietnam in Iraq (2006). He is currently working on U.S. Collective Memory of the Vietnam War. Tara Stubbs works on the interrelation between American and Irish literature and culture in the modern period. Her doctorate, on the American poet Marianne Moore, considered Moore’s claim of Irish descent alongside her interest in Irish literature and politics. She completed her thesis at St. John’s College, Oxford in 2007, and is now a Junior Research Fellow at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. She is working on a book entitled American Literature and Irish Culture, 1910–1955, which discusses the influence of Irish culture on American modernist writers including Moore, Wallace Stevens, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck. David Wheatley‘s most recent poetry collection is Mocker (2006). His edition of Samuel Beckett’sSelected Poems appears from Faber this autumn.