Writing from History

 

Jean Allman, in Please Burn After Reading

Jean Allman teaches in the Department of History and serves as the director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. A general thread throughout her research is the fundamental concern with the way in which African women and men have positioned themselves in the making of the globalized modern world.

 

 

 

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, in Untethered Histories

Bynum has written two novels, Ms. Hempnel Chronicles and Madeleine is Sleeping, in addition to teaching in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design. She has received numerous prizes for her craft including being named one of “20 under 40” fiction writers in The New Yorker.

 

 

 

 

 

Sean B. Carroll, in Brave Genius

Carroll, in addition to being an alumnus of WUSTL, is an award-winning scientist, author, educator, and leads the Department of Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  He regularly writes a feature for the science section of the New York Times titled “Remarkable Creatures.” His most recent book, Brave Genius, discusses the friendship between Jacques Monod and Albert Camus. 

Kathleen Finneran, in Family Histories

Finneran is a recipient of the Missouri Arts Council Writers’ Biennial Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of the memoir The Tender Land: A Family Love Story and is a writer-in-residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

 

 

Derek Hirst, in The Politician and the Poet

Hirst is a professor in the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis. His work focuses on the role of the poet, polemicist and politician Andrew Marvell during the restoration period of the English monarchy.

 

 

 

Marshal Klimasewiski, in Mirror World

Klimasewiski has been teaching in the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis since 1999.  His stories have been featured in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Subtropics, The Yale Review, The Missouri Review, and Best of American Short Stories.

 

 

 

Paul Legault, in Pranking Emily Dickinson

Legault serves as a writer-in-residence at Washington University in St. Louis.  Some of his works have been published in The Awl, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Pleiades, and other journals.

 

Henry Schvey, in Courting the Muse

Schvey is a director, playwright, and professor of drama and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis.  He has directed various works of Shakespeare, Albee, Shaffer, Treadwell, and Anski throughout America and Europe.

 

 

 

Stephen Zwicker, in The Politician and the Poet

Zwicker is a professor in the Departments of English and History at Washington University in St. Louis.  He has lead the initiative at WUSTL to establish interdisciplinary teaching and research programs in the humanities for both undergraduate and graduate students.