In Search of the Novel: About the Project
Eric Christenson (Senior Content Advisor) taught English and American Civilization for thirty-two years in Arlington, Virginia, retiring in 1993 to become an associate producer of the PBS documentary “The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds.” Mr. Christenson founded and designed Arlington's adult education program in English, an ungraded center serving a diverse community. Today he operates a tutorial service for seniors preparing for college called Write Into CollegeTM. His articles on teaching composition have been published in English Journal and elsewhere. A production potter for thirty years, he has brought the workshop techniques of the pottery studio into the English classroom. He was nominated as Teacher of the Year by Yorktown High School in 1986.
Andrea Alsup has taught English in Vermont and New Hampshire public schools since 1983. She is the founder of the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival in Woodstock, Vermont. Ms. Alsup was a faculty member of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Library in Washington, DC. Among her honors: a CBE Independent Studies in Humanities Fellowship; Teacher of the Year in Woodstock, Vermont; and Outstanding Vermont Teacher at the University of Vermont. Her publications include two short stories, Immaculate Conception and Moving Mountains.
Janice Delaney has for the past fourteen years been the executive director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, which sponsors the PEN/Faulkner Awards for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the Writers in Schools Program, which sends noted writers of fiction into Washington, DC, public high schools to teach classes about their work. The Foundation is located at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where Ms. Delaney presents the monthly fiction reading series. Ms. Delaney is co-author of The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation.
Patricia Griffith is a novelist, playwright, short story writer, and screenwriter. Her latest novel, published in 1996, was Supporting the Sky. Her previous novel, The World Around Midnight, was chosen one of the outstanding books of 1992 by the American Library Association. Two of her short stories, published in Harpers and Paris Review, were included in O. Henry Prize anthologies. She is a recent president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and teaches at George Washington University. She is currently writing a screenplay of The World Around Midnight for Golden Road Productions.
Michael LoMonico is an English teacher at Farmingdale High School and Suffolk Community College. He is the editor of Shakespeare magazine and has written many articles for that publication and for English Journal and CPB Digest. During his thirty-two-year career he has conducted workshops throughout the country on writing, media, computers, and Shakespeare. He has also served as a master teacher and director of the Folger Librarys Teaching Shakespeare Institute.
Louisa Newlin has been an English teacher for forty years, mostly in independent secondary schools in the Washington, DC, area. She has also taught at international schools in Belgium and France and at American University and the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Over a fourteen-year period, Dr. Newlin worked for the Folger Shakespeare Librarys Education Department, developing programs for students and teachers. She remains a consultant for this department. She has just retired from St. Albans School and is beginning the life of a freelance teacher and scholar.
Faith Z. Schullstrom joined NCTE as executive director in July 1997. Ms. Schullstrom has completed the doctoral coursework in education administration, and she taught at the secondary and college level before becoming District Administrator for Instruction and Staff Development of the Guilderland Central School District in New York. Schullstrom has contributed to various state and regional committees and has been recognized with the Florida STAR Teacher Award, the Institute for the Development of School Administrators (IDEA) Fellowship, and the Select Seminar on Excellence in Education. She has also participated in a variety of national and state projects such as the development of standards for “schools in the middle” with the National Study for School Evaluation (NSSE) and with New York State's Compact for Learning project.
Susan Richards Shreve is the author of ten novels. Her recent work includes two anthologies: Skin Deep, edited with Marita Golden; and Fiction Beginnings. She also has written more than a dozen children's novels. Ms. Shreve has an M.A. from the University of Virginia and is a former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She has taught creative writing and literature for many years and is presently teaching at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.