Diego Báez is a writer and educator whose poems, stories, and reviews have appeared in Granta, The Acentos Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges.
Matt Bucher is the co-host of The Great Concavity podcast and administrator of the wallace-l listserv. His writing has appeared in Electric Literature, Dublin Review of Books, Chicago Review of Books, and other places. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Grace Chipperfield is a Fulbright Scholar and PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Flinders University in South Australia. She recently completed her dissertation, a collection of essays on David Foster Wallace and his fans. She is on the society board and a member of the editorial team for The Journal for David Foster Wallace Studies. She tutors English and Creative Writing at Flinders University.
Vernon W. Cisney is an Assistant Professor of interdisciplinary studies at Gettysburg College in PA, USA. His background is in philosophy, and his areas of research include contemporary continental philosophy and philosophy of film and literature. He is the author of Deleuze and Derrida: Difference and the Power of the Negative, as well as Derrida’s Voice and Phenomenon: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide, along with a number of articles on Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, David Foster Wallace, and various pieces in philosophy of film. He lives in Gettysburg with his wife, their two children, and their two cats.
Allard den Dulk is a Lecturer in Philosophy, Literature, and Film at Amsterdam University College and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Humanities of the VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands). He is the author of the monograph Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer: A Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary American Literature (Bloomsbury 2015). His work has appeared in various academic journals and collections. Currently, he is working on a book tentatively titled Wallace’s Existentialist Intertexts: Comparative Readings with the Fiction of Kafka, Dostoevsky, Camus and Sartre.
Danielle S. Ely (BA, MA) is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Dutchess Community College, and The College of Saint Rose. In between teaching, she rides unicycle, attends conferences, performs stand-up comedy, and takes care of a menagerie of pets. Other than Wallace, she studies Feminist Theory, Contemporary and Visual Narrative, Existentialism, and Southern Gothic Literature. Her Master’s Thesis, Into the Womb of Infinite Jest: The Entertainment as “Speculum,” is available through Proquest. Her work has also appeared in Normal 2014: Collected Works from the First Annual DFW Conference and Normal 2015: Selected Works from the Second Annual David Foster Wallace Conference.
She has published and presented widely on aspects of contemporary American literature, with a particular focus on gender identity and voice, and is the author of The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).
Other research interests include family/parenthood in contemporary fiction and film, adolescence in contemporary culture, dystopian narrative, ecocriticism and narratives of journey, performative sexuality (both normative and queer), resistant gender modes and the history of burlesque, transatlantic cultural heritage, and digital humanities and modes of transmission.
Outside of academic work, she likes cats and barbershop singing and shares her home with two small human tornados and a cat.
Ashlie M. Kontos (BA, MA) is an academic advisor for the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. She previously served as a co-editor for the DFW conference publications, Normal: Selected Works from the Annual David Foster Wallace Conference. Her research interests include literature about war, trauma, loss, and shame; metamodernism; and, of course, David Foster Wallace. Her master’s thesis is entitled “Our attachments are our temples”: Addiction, Recovery, and the Metamodernism Movement.
Dave Laird (BA, BEd, MA) is the co-host of The Great Concavity podcast and was a weekly contributing guide for Infinite Winter in 2016. His MA thesis was on the dialogue between Infinite Jest and notions of soteriology in Christian thought. His work has appeared in Normal 2015: Selected Works from the Second Annual David Foster Wallace Conference. Dave teaches high school humanities and lives in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
Matthew Luter is on the English faculty at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of Understanding Jonathan Lethem (University of South Carolina Press, 2015) and the co-editor, with Mike Miley, of Conversations with Steve Erickson (University Press of Mississippi, 2021). His articles on authors including Don DeLillo, Ellen Douglas, Willie Morris, and Bret Easton Ellis have appeared in journals including Critique, The Southern Literary Journal, Genre, and Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon.
Mike Miley teaches literature at Metairie Park Country Day School and film studies at Loyola University New Orleans. He is the author of Truth and Consequences: Game Shows in Fiction and Film (University Press of Mississippi, 2019), and the co-editor of the forthcoming Conversations with Steve Erickson (with Matthew Luter, UPMS, 2021). His writing about Wallace has appeared in Critique, Literature/Film Quarterly, Orbit, The Smart Set, and elsewhere.
Alex Moran completed his PhD with the University of Birmingham in 2017. He has an article on Wallace in Orbit and an article on Colson Whitehead and Jennifer Egan coming out soon. He is currently writing an introductory volume to Egan’s work (University of South Carolina Press, 2021), and lives in Southern California with his wife and dog.
Ándrea Laurencell Sheridan is an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Orange where she teaches composition, contemporary literature, and interdisciplinary seminars. She is completing a PhD in Humanities at Salve Regina University. Publications include chapters in Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Writings (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2019), chapters in Twenty-First Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2021), and reviews in The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley Region with her dog, spouse, and two ornery bearded dragons.
Dr. Robert Short earned his PhD from the University of Florida in 2017. His dissertation is titled Big Books: Addiction and Recovery in the Novels of David Foster Wallace. His work on Wallace has appeared in Normal 2015: Selected Works from the Second Annual David Foster Wallace Conference and on the website for James Ponsoldt’s film The End of the Tour.
Dominik Steinhilber is an academic staff member at the chair of American Literary and Cultural Studies of the University of Mannheim, Germany. His current research focuses on “The American Epic Novel in the Ulyssean Tradition”, where he investigates Wallace’s Infinite Jest and Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow with regard to their response to James Joyce’s Ulysses. He is the coordinator of the society’s Emerging Scholars Initiative.