2016-2017 Fellows

Holly Blackford (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is a Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden, where she teaches and publishes literary criticism on American and children’s literature. Her books include Out of this World: Why Literature Matters to Girls (Teachers College, Columbia University, 2004), Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee’s Novel (University of Tennessee Press, 2011), The Myth of Persephone in Girls’ Fantasy Literature (Routledge, 2011), and edited volume 100 Years of Anne with an ‘e’: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables (University of Calgary, 2009). Her forthcoming monograph titled Alice to Algernon: Child Consciousness in the Novel (University of Tennessee Press) demonstrates the influence of early developmental psychology, evolutionary theory, and sexology on “child study” in modern novels.



christie_croppedChristie DeCarolis is a senior instructional designer at Rutgers–Camden. She assists faculty with integrating technology into their curriculum and designing engaging online courses. Christie joined the Instructional Design & Technology team at Rutgers in 2014, after graduating with a Master’s in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. Prior to this, Christie spent 5 years teaching high school history. She has also taught for NJIT’s Masters in Professional & Technical Communication program.




Claire Donato writes across genres and is the author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a not-novel novel and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), a collection of poems. Recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry Society of America, Encyclopedia L-Z, BOAAT, Fanzine, and Ninth Letter. At Babycastles Gallery in Manhattan, she co-curates WordHack, a monthly series focused on digital language art. Currently, she is working on a collection of interconnected short stories about love, death, vegetarian cooking and the cloud called Gravity and Grace, The Chicken and the Egg, or: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, along with an accompanying series of vegan new media edible language sculptures called Material Studies. She is also collaborating on a digital object about having a fistfight with the ocean (with Kevin Roark), and is completing Noël, a novel about falling in love with plants on the Internet. She holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, lives in Brooklyn, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Architecture and BFA Writing Programs at Pratt Institute.



Quinn DuPont studies the role of cryptography and code in society, and is an active participant in discussions of digital studies, digital humanities, and media studies. He also writes on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, and is currently involved in Canadian ISO standardization efforts. Quinn has published academically on a wide range of issues, in venues such as First Monday, Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice, Journal of Peer Production, and Library Hi-Tech. Quinn has also written for public audiences, in Christian Science Monitor, This Magazine, and Berliner Gazette.


ace-author-photoAndrew Ervin is the author of the novel Burning Down George Orwell’s House (Soho Press) and a collection of novellas, Extraordinary Renditions (Coffee House Press). His nonfiction Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World (Basic Books) will be published in 2017. He has a degree in philosophy and religion from Goucher College and completed his MFA in fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Fiction International, and elsewhere.



judy_6_2016Judy Malloy is a poet/researcher who works at the conjunction of electronic literature, social media narrative, magic realism, and information art. She has taught at Princeton as a distinguished fellow and as visiting faculty in the digital arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her research and practice includes artist/consultant in virtual communities and the document of the future at Xerox PARC; Content Coordinator for Arts Wire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts; and Editor of the MIT Press compendium, Social Media Archeology and Poetics.  Her work has been exhibited and published internationally.




Charlene Mires is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award, and Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013). Currently she is Editor-in-Chief of the digital-first Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia(http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org).  She earned her PhD in history from Temple University.