John P. Bray has been a Semifinalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Semifinalist for the Princess Grace Foundation Playwrights Award, and Winner of the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. His plays have had productions around the U.S. (mostly in downtown NYC) and have been published with Next Stage Press, Original Works Publishing, and in a number of anthologies and journals. His screenplays include the co-written feature Liner Notes (Woodstock Film Festival), and the shorts Barflies (Horror Realm Con) and Escapism (Talking It Out Film Festival). He has edited four anthologies of plays for Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. John has an MFA in Playwriting from The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School and a PhD in Theatre Studies from LSU. He is an associate professor, Graduate Coordinator, and Head of Undergraduate Dramatic Writing in UGA’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies.
Gabrielle Sinclair Compton is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Georgia. She is also an award-winning playwright (as Gabrielle Sinclair). Recent full-length works include The Resolute: All Hands In about the first women’s baseball team; The Bride Project, a multilingual play reimagining Aeschylus’ Danaid trilogy, which toured in festivals throughout Austria; a co-written adaptation of Alcestis for UGA’s main stage; and her immersive scifi play Showing, first written while an Ingram New Works fellow. MFA Playwriting – Actors Studio Drama School.
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Zachary Anderson is from Wyoming, where he attended the state’s only four-year university. He holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and is currently a PhD candidate in the Creative Writing Program at UGA. His chapbook The Outlaw, The Red Ghost, Half-Lives, a Photogram Exposed by the Dirt was published in 2021 by The Magnificent Field. His book reviews and critical writings appear in Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, and the Action Books blog. His poems have recently been featured in Fairy Tale Review, New Delta Review, Dreginald, and Denver Quarterly.
A first-year PhD student at UGA, Yuliia Kabina continues her research in African American literature. As a Fulbright grantee she was introduced to Black Studies and took particular interest in the genre of autobiography and the manifestations of writer’s identity in literary works belonging to various genres. In addition to this, she is interested in cultural and linguistic aspects of colonization and decolonization. Her previous research area encompassed literary paradox and its functional transformations throughout time. She paid special attention to the role of paradox in modern and postmodern British and American literature. Although Yuliia’s research is focused primarily on literature, she is also deeply interested in 20th-21st century art, theater, films, music, and their interrelations.
Liz Wayson is currently a second-year English PhD student at the University of Georgia concentrating in writing center studies. Before starting her PhD, Liz worked as an Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She earned a BA in English from Brenau University and a MA in Modernity, Literature and Culture at University College Dublin. Her research interests include writing center and writing studies, disability studies, spatial rhetorics, and Black speculative fiction.
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Eden Gilley is a senior at the University of Georgia as an English major and women’s studies minor and will be graduating in spring 2023 with the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Eden transferred to UGA in the spring of 2021, having previously attended Lanier Technical College. In the summer of 2022, she was able to study at the University of Oxford as part of the UGA at Oxford program. After graduating, Eden aims to pursue a master’s degree in English and to eventually enter the world of editing and publishing. Outside of school, she works as a dance instructor for children ages 3-18. She loves reading, writing, and drawing and enjoys getting to combine her creative side with her love of literature as an English major.
Thanks to all of the graduate student editors and reviewers who made this issue possible.