James Ballowe, distinguished professor of English emeritus, Bradley University, is a poet and essayist and teaches nature writing at the Morton Arboretum and the Field Museum. A native of Herrin, Illinois, he has taught junior high school in Decatur and at Millikin University and the University of Illinois. He is on the boards of the Illinois State Museum and the Illinois Humanities Council.
Robert Bray is the R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he has taught since 1970. Bray's interest in Chicago literature began during his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, and he has published widely in the field of Illinois and midwestern literature.
Edna Capehart works for the University of Illinois at Chicago Small Schools Workshop. She has a master's degree in secondary education from DePaul University. She currently works with classroom teachers as a coach and facilitator to improve instructional practices and student learning.
Dan Guillory, professor of English at Millikin University, is the author of Living With Lincoln: Life and Art in the Heartland (essays); The Alligator Inventions (poetry), and When the Waters Recede (literary nonfiction). His poetry is included in the forthcoming anthology Illinois Voices (University of Illinois Press.)
John E. Hallwas, guest editor of this issue of the ILLINOIS HISTORY TEACHER, teaches American literature and nonfictional creative writing in the English department at Western Illinois University, where he is also the Director of Regional Collections at the library. The author or editor of more than twenty books, he is a frequent speaker to historical, cultural, and civic groups on Illinois-related topics. His most recent books are The Bootlegger: A Story of Small-Town America and First Century: A Pictorial History of Western Illinois University.
James Hurt has been a member of the English Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1966. He combines with his major field of modern literature an interest in the literary history of Illinois. He has written a book, Writing Illinois: The Prairie, Lincoln, and Chicago (1992); a play, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight (produced New Salem State Park, 1980-87); and a number of essays on Illinois literature.
Babette Inglehart holds the Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and is professor of English at Chicago State University, where she teaches American literature, including Women's Voices and Chicago Fiction. She is associate editor of the forthcoming encyclopedia Chicago Women, 1770-1990. Among her publications is a scholarly introduction to the reprint of Edith Wyatt's turn-of-the-century Chicago novel, True Love, A Comedy of the Affections, and an essay "Illinois Women and Their Literature" in A Reader's Guide to Illinois Literature.
Elizabeth H. Miller taught twentieth-century world history and post-Civil War American history to eighth graders at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, where she chaired the history department for two years. Recently retired, she continues to co-teach a modern economics elective there. She received a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in Chinese history at Northwestern University. Living in Chicago, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the city's neighborhoods and history and taking advantage of its cultural richness.
Janet Paarlberg teaches at the Heather Hill Elementary School in Flossmoor, Illinois. She holds a bachelor of science in education from Northern Illinois University and a master's of education in educational administration and special education from Southern Illinois University.
William Paarlberg teaches history at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. He holds a bachelor of science in education from Illinois State University and a master's of education from the University of Illinois in curriculum development and administration. He has had a long-time interest in Ferber's writing.
Kathryn Pavlou teaches English and a combined English/social studies class at Normal Community West High School in Normal. Each year she takes her combined class on two field trips into Chicago, visiting Graceland Cemetery and a typical hotdog stand ("Superdawg" is the favorite), among other historic places. She earned her bachelor of science as well as her master of arts in teaching from Northwestern University.
GeorgeAnn Kislia Siwicke is an English teacher at East Peoria Community High School. She earned a B.A. in English at Illinois State University and a master's of liberal studies at Bradley University. Involved with the Rivers Project through Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, she led a group of writers developing Rivers Language Arts, one of six units of the Rivers Project Curriculum. GeorgeAnn and other Rivers Project writers and teachers have trained hundreds of teachers how to teach stewardship, citizenship, and environmental ethics from the rivers' possessive edge to their students. She also serves on the Navigating Committee for the annual Clean Water Celebration held at the Peoria Civic Center.