Dr. Kevin Christianson is Professor of English at Tennessee Tech University where he teaches courses in American and World literature as well as creative writing. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His poems and translations have appeared in New Letters, The Formalist, The Minnesota Review, The Sarmatian Review, Passport: The Arkansas Review of Literary Translation, The London Magazine (UK), Metamorphoses, The Iconoclast, Home Planet News, and others. In 1999-2000 he received a Fulbright award to teach American literature at Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruń Poland. In 1998 he was elected member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Halina Ablamowicz is Associate Professor of Speech at Tennessee Tech University. She holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. As an undergraduate she studied Russian at University of Wrocław in Poland, and earned an M.A. in that subject from the Lenin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. Her article “Shame as Abject Communication: A Semiotic View” appeared in The American Journal of Semiotics, and has been reprinted several times as well as translated into Portuguese for use in Brazilian university Speech Communication courses.