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Karen vanMeenen, Rochester Institute of Technology 

Associate Editors 
Lucas Hilderbrand, University of California, Irvine
André Keiji Kunigami, University of California, Irvine
James Nisbet, University of California, Irvine 
Allison Perlman, University of California, Irvine
Braxton Soderman, University of California, Irvine

Editorial Board
Nora M. Alter, Temple University
Erika Balsom, King's College London
Lisa Cartwright, University of California, San Diego
Alenda Y. Chang, University of California, Santa Barbara
C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College
Gabrielle Decamous, Kyushu University
Rebecca DeRoo, Rochester Institute of Technology
Larisa Dryansky, University Paris-Sorbone
Noam M. Elcott, Columbia University
Darby English, University of Chicago
Anthony Gardner, University of Oxford
Tung-Hui Hu, University of Michigan
Branden W. Joseph, Columbia University
Lutz Koepnick, Vanderbilt University
Suzanne Leonard, Simmons College
Jesse Lerner, Pitzer College
Elana Levine, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, University of Texas at Dallas
Catherine Lord, University of California, Irvine (Emeritus)
Laura U. Marks, Simon Fraser University
Kate Mondloch, University of Oregon
Chon A. Noriega, University of California, Los Angeles
Jeff O'Brien, University of California, Santa Barbara
Iván I. Ramos, University of Maryland
Jane Rhodes, University of Illinois-Chicago
Marc Siegel, Johannes Gutenberg University
Nicole Starosielski, New York University
Lance Strate, Fordham University
Andrew V. Uroskie, Stony Brook University
Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ithaca College

About the Editor

Karen vanMeenen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), as well as an occasional instructor in Graduate Photo and Art History. She is the longtime Editor of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, as well as an Editorial Board Member and Books Review Editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy. Karen edited the collections Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace; Light At the End: The Jesus Poems by Lyn Lifshin; and Nevermore: Poetry and Prose by Edgar Allan Poe. She has contributed to Art Papers, Art New England, Source: Ireland’s Photographic Review, Afterimage, City Newspaper, Film Festival Reporter, National Association of Artists’ Organizations publications, Western New York Artist Residency Exchange catalogs, Pyramid Arts Center publications, and the Journal of Applied Arts and Health as well as exhibition catalogs including Maternal Metaphors: Artists/Mothers/Artwork. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Transformative Language Arts from Vermont College, a Master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School, and is a Master’s-level certified writing therapist. She is currently completing a PhD dissertation on empathy and ethics in contemporary auto-graphic novels that focus on personal and communal trauma in the Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought program at the European Graduate School. She can be reached via email at






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