Helen J. Burgess is Associate Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in the Visual Narrative Cluster at North Carolina State University. She is coauthor of Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars (2000) and Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information (2008), both titles published in the Mariner10 interactive DVD-Rom series at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her latest work is Highways of the Mind (2015) an interactive book for iPad from Penn Press coauthored with Jeanne Hamming.
Dr. Burgess is active in the new media research community as editor of the online journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, technical editor of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, and editorial board member of the Computing Literature series at West Virginia University/University of Paris VII Vincennes Saint-Denis, and thresholds journal. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization, and co-editor of Electric Press, a monograph series for born-digital multimedia and digital humanities projects.
Margaret Simon is Assistant Professor of English at North Carolina State University, where she focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, material cultures, history of the emotions, and the history and literary representation of early modern writing practices. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia and subsequently taught early modern literature and book history in the English department and the interdisciplinary History of Text Technologies program at Florida State University. She joined NC State’s English department as an assistant professor in 2013.
Dr. Simon’s most recent research concerns materiality and comparative media studies, looking to how early modern printed texts rendered objects in language and graphic technologies, as well as their resonance with today’s digital, and particularly three-dimensional, archives. In pursuing these relations, Dr. Simon also works across a range of scholarly communications formats, from print to digital to fabricated forms. At NC State, Dr. Simon teaches courses including early modern literature, women’s writing, and the contemporary graphic novel.