Coby-Dillon English is a fiction MFA student from Indiana and Michigan. They hold a BA in English and Political Science from Purdue University and are a current fellow of the inaugural class of the Periplus Collective. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, they write stories surrounding mythology, family, and the environment. They currently serve as editor for THiNK Magazine.
My name is Tom and I’m in the first year of my MA at UVA. I graduated with a BA in English from University College London in 2003 and an MA in Issues in Modern Culture, also from University College London, in 2004. Since then, I’ve worked in publishing, as a literary agent, and in publishing tech and mobile games. I am the author of A Mysterious Something In The Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler (Aurum Press 2012 / Chicago Review Press 2014 / Benvira 2014 / University of Nanking Press 2020) and I have reviewed books for The Observer, The Irish Times and The Spectator.
Viola Cozzio is a third-year PhD candidate in late medieval literature. She works on apophatic devotional literature, tracing how poets and scholars thought and wrote their way to God, and all the places where the path breaks down. She’s particularly interested in the interactions between devotional writings in Middle High German and Middle English, and the issue of translation in approximating the divine.
Rachel Haines's research focuses on the nineteenth-century novel and considers questions of identity and identification relating to the construction of gender and sexuality. Her broad interests include queer theory, gender and women's studies, affect studies, the history and theory of the novel, and Henry James. Before coming to UVa, Rachel received her B.A. in English from Connecticut College, where she wrote an honors thesis on queer female desire in Henry James's novels titled "Queer Substitutions: On Relations Between Women in The Portrait of a Lady and The Wings of the Dove."