Kathleen C. Colantonio-Yurko was an English teacher for many years in Florida. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Literacy at SUNY Brockport. Much of her research explores multicultural young adult literature, critical literacy, and social justice issues. She has recently been published in the Journal of Practitioner Research and The Dragon Lode.

Larry Gavin is a teacher at Faribault Senior High School. He is the author of four books of poetry and also writes articles and essays for all the major outdoor and environmental publications. His latest book, A Fragile Shelter: New and Selected Poems, will be available in 2018 from Red Dragonfly Press.

Alexandra Glynn lives in Eden Prairie and Park Rapids and teaches English at Bemidji State as an adjunct. She earned an MA in English Literature and an MA in Old Testament Theology.

Heather Hurst teaches undergraduate students about diversity, social justice, and English methods and also teaches graduate students educational research methods at Frostburg State University. She gets excited about collaborating with her students on research projects and is currently leading a research team exploring and complicating narratives about bullying in young adult literature and the news media. She can be contacted at hlhurst@frostburg.edu.

Jeanette Lukowski has been teaching a wide range of college courses since 2001—courses ranging from Developmental to Creative to Technical writing, Literature surveys and Holocaust Literature & Arts—for a number of colleges in both MN and WY. Jeanette has also published 2 memoirs, and a number of essays. Emails can be sent to: writingfromlife@yahoo.com.

Cody Miller teaches 9th grade English language arts at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, the K-12 public laboratory school affiliated with the University of Florida’s College of Education. Additionally, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, where he studies English education. He has recently been published in Multicultural PerspectivesSIGNAL, and the Journal of Practitioner Research. He was awarded the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.

Mariah Morin received her B.A. in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College, and her M.A.T. in Secondary English Education at the University of Pittsburgh. After five years as a stay at home mom, she is excited to be returning the the classroom, where she hopes to continue inquiry into her own teaching and her students’ learning.

Abby Rosen is a freelance writer and academic tutor from the western suburbs of Minneapolis. After graduating with a degree in Teaching Communication Arts and Literature from the University of Minnesota Duluth, she taught English at a St. Paul high school school for two years. Now living in Chicago, her writing focuses on current issues in education, mental health and entrepreneurship. She is currently writing a young adult novel about growing up anxious and living with loss. Contact her at abby.rosen1@gmail.com.

Burke Scarbrough is an Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and coordinator of UMD’s Teaching Communication Arts & Literature program. He has taught secondary English in New York City public schools and in a New England boarding school’s summer enrichment program. His research interests include secondary literacy pedagogy and the role of summer in youth learning and development.