2013 SCCTE Conference
Billy Collins has published nine collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, and Ballistics, and most recently, Horoscopes for the Dead. In June 2001, Billy Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. Billy Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as well as a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.
A former high school English teacher and curriculum supervisor and currently an associate professor at Kent State University, Dr. Kist has presented nationally and internationally with over 50 articles and book chapters to his credit. While serving as Director of the Commission on Media for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Dr. Kist also had the opportunity to be Lead Co-Editor for NCTE’s Pathways for 21st Century Literacies, an online professional development curriculum focusing on new literacies. He is the author of The Global School: Connecting Classrooms and Students Around the World (upcoming release, 2013), The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age (2010) and New Literacies in Action: Teaching and Learning in Multiple Media (2005).
An Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida, Katie Monninhas written four books about teaching comic books and graphic novels in K - 12 English Language Arts classroom settings: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Teaching Content Area Graphic Novels: A Guide for Middle Level Educators, and her latest book Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Novels: An Illustrated Journey (in press, early 2013). Dr. Monnin has also written for numerous international and national journals about teaching comic
books and graphic novels, and, likewise, presented at international and national conferences on teaching comic books and graphic novels. Her first book ,Teaching Graphic Novels, won two awards: a Foreword Educational Book of the Year and a 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist in 6 – 8 curriculum design.
Matthew Cunningham is an international car designer and concept artist based in Los Angeles, California. His clients include BMW Group, Volkswagen AG, Paramount Pictures, and Universal Studios, among others. Feature Film credits include; Source Code, G.I Joe Retaliation, and the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, Robopocalypse. He specializes in creative methodologies and contemporary design practices, and will be speaking on topics related to new-media integration in a collaborative educational environment. Cunningham holds a bachelors of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and a bachelor's of science in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He is also an editorial contributor to the automotive design publications , Car Design News and Kinetika, and is a member of Local 800: the Art Director's Guild.
Erin J. Mullikin is currently an MFA in Creative Writing candidate at Syracuse University and is a poetry editor for Salt Hill Journal. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in CellPoems, BlazeVOX, GlitterPony, Spork and Coldfront. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, After Milk & Song (South Carolina Poetry Initiative, 2010) and Strategies for the Bromidic (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). She holds a B.A. in English from Clemson University and is this year's recipient of the Joyce Carol Oates Poetry Award.
David Wojciechowski’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bateau, Spork, Salt Hill, and Dark Sky Magazine/Barrelhouse and reviews forthcoming in The Laurel Review and Coldfrontmag.com. He currently is an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, where he is an Editor-in-chief at Salt Hill Journal and a recent recipient of the Joyce Carol Oates Poetry Award.