Gina Elia was born and raised in the Boston area of Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and a minor in East Asian Studies. She now studies intersections of Europe and China, especially in the realms of literature and religion, as a PhD student in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of academia, she writes fiction and poetry, as well as travel essays, reflections, and book reviews.
Lucas Andino is from Ecuador and currently studies at Columbia University. Since he disagrees with himself, he agrees with Adonis, the Syrian poet, who says: “The world to come will be poetic or it will not be.” His blog is zappingmental.wordpress.com.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Darío Martinez was an undergraduate at Yale University where he completed the comparative track in the Literature major, fulfilling coursework in both Spanish and Persian. Currently, he is being sponsored by a Henry Fellowship to complete a Master’s degree in Medieval and Modern Languages and Literature at Oxford University. After this year at Oxford, Darío hopes to start work on a PhD and continue researching the links between Latin American and Middle Eastern literatures.
Gregory Loh is a second-year English Literature major at the National University of Singapore. He believes that we are all made up of stories and especially enjoys the stories that are written into his life by others. This happens the most when he works with the youth at his Church and at a non-profit youth organisation. He feels that these lives are what keep his reading genuine, his writing authentic and his living real.
Hope Rogers is a senior at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where she is double majoring in English and Linguistics and minoring in Latin. She presented this paper at UGA’s CURO Symposium, where she received Best Paper in the Humanities for another paper. She has also been accepted for publication in Tolkien Studies and The Sigma Tau Delta Review. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in nineteenth-century British literature.