Quyen Nguyen has recently completed her PhD with the Division of English at NTU, Singapore. Her research interests include James Joyce, Irish literature, Modernism, Translation studies and Geocriticism. Her PhD dissertation is entitled, "City as Writing: Textual Dublin in Ulysses".
Michael Docherty is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent's Centre for American Studies. His doctoral studies propose that fictional depictions of mid-20th century Los Angeles reconstitute the dynamics of 'the frontier' as a framework for structuring and figuring socially-contested urban spaces. His other Academic interest include the cultural history of rhythm and blues music, intersections between urban planning and cultural production, fictional depictions of the American presidency, and metafiction in the late-20th century and contemporary novel. Michael will spend the spring and summer of 2018 furthering his doctoral research California State University, Long Beach, as a Fulbright postgraduate scholar. There he will work primarily on the papers of the Italian-American author and longtime Los Angeles chronicler John Fante, under the guidance of Fante's biographer Dr Stephen Cooper
Francesca Froy is a PhD student at the Space Syntax Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where she focuses on the spatial organisation of economic activities in cities. She is also a freelance research consultant at Whose City?, advising policy makers on local economic development and inclusive urbanism. Previously she researched local economic development policies at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Trained as an anthropologist at UCL back in the 1990s, she took the MSc in Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities from 2012-14, investigating the historical organisation of economic activities in Antwerp in 1830s, amongst other things. She lectures at UCL and the London School of Economics, and has been published in journals such as the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and European Planning Studies. She is also a member of the Collaborative for Inclusive Urbanism. Follow her on Twitter (@francesca_local) and see her blog here: understandingspace
Erik Noonan grew up in Los Angeles and lives in San Francisco. He writes poems, essays and stories. For more information, please visit eriknoonan.net
Karen Joan Kohoutek has an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has published two books through Skull and Book Press, and in 2016, several of her poems formed the basis for a series of paintings and a book with abstract watercolour artist Marjorie Schlossman. In addition, she has published essays on weird and pulp fiction in journals and literary websites. Her essay on Mystery Science 3000 and the Gamera movies will appear this fall in Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture (McFarland). Her blog, October, can be found at octoberzine She lives in Fargo, ND.