About the Editor, Rebecca Tishler
I grew up in upstate New York in a bibliophilic family, and by the age of three I was reading so much that I had to do daily exercises to strengthen my eye muscles -- my body could not yet keep up with my reading habit. I went to Mount Holyoke College, where I received my B.A. in English and graduated summa cum laude with early induction to Phi Beta Kappa. My undergraduate thesis, "Reconsidering Literary Onomastics: Names and Naming in Faulkner and Morrison," was awarded the Virginia Lee Barnes Prize for the best critical essay by a senior in English, American Studies, or Medieval Studies. An essay that ultimately provided the foundation of my thesis was published as the lead essay in The Paper Shell Review. During my undergraduate years, I worked at Mount Holyoke's nationally acclaimed Speaking, Arguing, and Writing (SAW) Center and in my junior year I was one of two students to receive specialized training in graduate school and fellowship applications. I moved to England during the autumn after graduation to enroll at the University of Cambridge, where I received an M.Phil in American Literature. As you might imagine, I spend a lot of my time reading and writing, but I've also worked on a mushroom farm, in a letterpress printing shop, and at the Smith College Botanical Gardens.