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Jane Chance, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita at Rice University and recipient of a D.Litt. from Purdue University in 2013, published her first book of poems, Only Begetter, in 2014 (White Violet Press). Author of twenty-four scholarly books and over a hundred articles and reviews on Old and Middle English literature, medieval women, mythography, and medievalism, she has received Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, membership at the Institute for Advanced Study- Princeton, a Rockefeller Foundation residency at Bellagio, and book and article prizes for her work. Her edited collection Tolkien the Medievalist twice received runner-up for the best book prize by the Mythopoeic Society; she has also published two monographs on Tolkien and two other edited collections and appeared briefly in two full-length documentary films on Tolkien. Her poems have appeared in many little magazines, including Antigonish Review, Ariel, Dalhousie Review, Degenerates: Voices for Peace, Icarus (Trinity College Dublin), Ilanot Review, Kansas Quarterly, Literary Review, Lyric, New America, Nimrod, Primavera, Quartet, Southern Humanities Review, the Texas Poetry Calendar, Wascana Review, and the Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry as well as in anthologies for Houston Poetry Fest, Poetry at Roundtop and Words& Art. Eight poems appear in New Crops from Old Fields: Eight Medievalist Poets, edited by Oz Hardwick (Stairwell Press, 2015). In 2014 she was a Juried Poet at Houston Poetry Festival and a featured poet at Inprint Houston-First Friday. She has read poetry at various universities and has organized sessions on medievalist poetry at MLA, the Medieval Academy, and the New Chaucer Society.
The Colony, TX
Asani Charles, Choctaw/Chickasaw/African American, begins her days with the ringing of a school bell. A secondary English teacher, she enjoys teaching Post Modernism and Multicultural Literature. After a lifetime in their native Southern California, Asani and her family moved to country Mesquite, Texas, where she spends her weekends listening to American Indian radio and hunting for local powwows to dance Women’s Southern Cloth. Her poetry has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink Magazine and Ahani; Indigenous American Poetry. She hopes to publish her first novel soon.