a nonprofit devoted to interdisciplinary arts and humanities public education

Our Team

TUPP Staff Members

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DIRECTOR

Eric Alan Weinstein

Eric Alan Weinstein is the Director of The Unbinding Prometheus Project. Since 2014, he has hosted the  Shelley Seminar Series and run The (Modernist) Social Network, a public-facing, free, open faculty/graduate seminar series on Modernist poetics. He also runs "Singing 'Myself' Together: 52 Collaborative Close Readings of Walt Whitman’s Song Of Myself" a project in which he close-reads each section of Song of Myself in collaboration with more than one hundred faculty members, poets, historians, philosophers and artists. Eric is co-director of the Prometheus Collaborative Digital Initiative, a new digital humanities platform, currently in development. He is also lead instructor of Open Learning's “Percy Shelley: Unbinding Prometheus", one of the highest rated Humanities MOOCs in the history of the genre. He has more than ten years teaching experience in secondary and higher education in both the United States and United Kingdom and a background in curriculum development and curriculum alignment. Eric's academic interests include the British Romantic poets, Walt Whitman, modern and postmodern poetry, the postmodern novel, Jewish thought, and progressive pedagogy.

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLES

 
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METADATA AND VIDEOGRAPHY ASSOCIATE

John-Michael Adamczyk

John-Michael is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he pursued a course of study in literature, writing and education. He is presently a copywriter for one of America’s leading retail chains. John-Michael is the son of the late Rev. John Adamczyk, one of New Jersey’s most prominent civil rights leaders during the late 20th century. His sister is Terri Adamczyk, a poet who is the subject of the documentary film The Amnesiac’s Diary and author of a forthcoming book with the same title. John-Michael provides metadata for our extensive collection of digital scholarship which will help make the building of the PCDI digital platform possible.

 
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ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Dave Bender

Dave is a musician and sales consultant who has worked in various capacities for the Cunningham Piano Company for more than twenty years. He has been involved in music, arts education and adult education for many years, and is a frequent contributor to arts and poetry communities throughout the Philadelphia region. While Dave is acting as the Administrative Coordinator for our non-profit corporation, he will be working closely with our accountant and business affairs advisor, Michael Paolini CPA of H&R Block in Cherry Hill, NJ as we prepare to become a 501(c) 3 charitable organization.

 
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FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT

LOGISTICS OFFICER, WALT WHITMAN: SINGING "MYSELF" TOGETHER

Sarah Colon

Sarah Colon is an educator, poet, freelance writer, and mother of four. She spent most  of her childhood in Corwin Springs, Montana before moving to New York City to study English and American Literature at Barnard College.  More recently, Sarah has been a Swanee Writers' Conference Fellow. She has worked as editor and copywriter for a wide range of writing projects, from Hollywood screenplays to personal memoirs. Her nonfiction articles have been published in various online journals. She teaches in the Tampa Bay area, where she lives with her partner and their blended family of six children.

 
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TUPP FELLOW EMERITUS

ONGOING & FUTURE PROJECTS PLANNING & COORDINATION CONSULTANT

Natalie Mera Ford

Professor Natalie Mera Ford teaches English and is a Multilingual Writing Specialist in the Writing Associates Program at Swarthmore College. She has just completed her two-year service as a Fellow of The Unbinding Prometheus Project. She will be involved a number of our future Shelley Seminars, and will act as part of our Project Planning Consultation team. Before coming to work full-time at Swarthmore, Natalie taught writing and literature at Saint Joseph’s University, Temple University, and the University of York.  She also taught English for professionals in France and Denmark. Natalie’s experience as an interdisciplinary scholar and a CELTA-qualified teacher informs her writing courses and pedagogical research. In addition to co-editing a special issue of The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, she has published several peer-reviewed articles on the intersection of psychology and literature in nineteenth-century Britain. At present she is collaborating with Grace Wetzel on a project that explores uses of mindfulness in the first-year English sequence.

 
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PROJECT ASSISTANT, WALT WHITMAN: SINGING "MYSELF" TOGETHER

David Hancock

David Hancock is the director of the Random Name Poetry Series, one of the most highly-regarded and long-established contemporary poetry reading series in the United States. Random Name has brought more than 250 poets together and held more than one hundred readings. Readings presently take place at Dahlak Paradise, 4708 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, about every three weeks.  Along with Jack Krick, David has also run a much-loved classic double-bill film series at Philadelphia’s A-Space. David’s knowledge of, and relationships with contemporary poets and artists around Philadelphia makes him a unique and valuable resource to TUPP. David is also a frequent contributor to and participant in TUPP seminars.

 
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VIDEOGRAPHY & VIDEO EDITING SERVICES DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, WALT WHITMAN: SINGING MYSELF TOGETHER

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson has more than twenty years of professional experience as a film and television professional. He is a founding partner of Rebel Production Associates and Luck Films, and these companies have done a great deal of work in commercial film production, television news and the commercial advertising industry. In particular, Doug was responsible for almost all advertising for Foreman Mills, one of the largest retailers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Doug’s companies also have a long association with Willie Nelson and he has contributed editing and videography services to many of his video productions.

 
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TUPP FELLOW

PROJECT COORDINATOR, PENN SHELLEY SEMINARS

PEDAGOGY PLANNING COORDINATOR

Amelia Klein

Professor Amelia Klein has taught English and American literature at Colgate University since 2013. Previously, she had been a Harvard University Teaching Fellow, and won Harvard’s Helen Choate Bell Dissertation Prize in 2010. Her scholarly interests are in lyric poetry, Romanticism, Modernism, theories of representation, science fiction, contemporary poetics, painting and the relationship of literature to the natural world. She has been an associate editor of the Longman Anthology of British Literature, and is presently working on an influence study of Wordsworth upon a number of the major writers who came after him. Klein’s own poetry has been published in Tin House, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Review and The Boston Review. She became a TUPP Fellow in 2017 and is responsible for the planning and programing of our Shelley Seminar Series, and she contributes to our pedagogical support for the graduate students and post-graduate researchers who arrange to spend time working in small research-area based cohorts with us.

 
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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT OFFICER

Sharon D. Lewis

Sharon D. Lewis is the Community Affairs and Administrative Support Officer for The Unbinding Prometheus Project. As such, she will be responsible for helping the public find information about our activities and assisting our staff in promoting public engagement with our work. Sharon was for many years the sole administrative support to the Principal Counsel, Deputy Counsel and Assistant Attorneys General at the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System in Baltimore. Before this, she worked as Administrative Assistant to assigned Assistant Attorneys General from the Office of the Attorney General at the Maryland State Highway Administration. Sharon is currently completing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Liberty University.

 
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FINE ARTS & Material CUlture PROJECTS COORDINATOR

SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE CONSULTANT

Ross Mitchell

Nonprofit professional specializing in the management and growth of cultural institutions.

Selected Experience

  • Development and Historic Preservation Management, Merion Friends Meeting
  • President, Philadelphia Sketch Club
  • Director, Barnes - deMazia Education and Outreach, The Barnes Foundation
  • Executive Director, Violette deMazia Foundation
  • Executive Director, Laurel Hill Cemetery

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TUPP GRADUATE BURSARY FELLOW

METADATA ASSOCIATE

PROMETHEUS UNBOUND PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR

Stephen Pallas

Stephen Pallas is completing his Ph.D. in English at SUNY Stony Book. He has taught literature, rhetoric and composition at the University of Arizona, Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College.  His research interests focus on British Romanticism, ecocriticism, and neoliberal global politics and biopolitics. He is a TUPP Graduate Bursary Fellow 2017-2019, and will be a Teaching Assistant in the upcoming 2019 Unbinding Prometheus: Percy Shelley MOOC. He is working with TUPP and a number of other institutions to coordinate the first-ever unabridged professional audio recording of Percy Shelly’s Prometheus Unbound.

 
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TUPP FELLOW EMERITUS

MODERNISM SEMINARS PLANNING ASSOCIATE

ONGOING AND FUTURE PROJECTS PLANNING & COORDINATION CONSULTANT

Elizabeth Pallitto

Professor Elizabeth Pallitto received the PhD in Comparative Literature with distinction from the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She also holds an M.A.in Creative Writing/English from New York University. Her poetry collection That Other Garden was awarded First Place by the Academy of American Poets.Versed in French and Italian, Elizabeth has translated Italian poets from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Recently, she has co-translated Turkish poetry in Aeolian Visions and published individual translations in Fox Chase Review. Her poems and translations have appeared in The North American Review, Hybrido Cultural Project, Forum Italicum, The Journal of Italian Translation, and Absinthe; her scholarly work, in Renaissance Quarterly, Comitatus, and Philosophical Forum. Her first book is Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue and Selected Prose, the first English version of this woman poet’s 1547 Rime. Mythography, a book of Elizabeth’s poetry, will be published in the new year by Epos International (Rome). She is also editor of an anthology of writing by members of her senior citizen’s writing group, Leaves of Autumn. From 2004-2010, Dr. Pallitto taught in Istanbul, Turkey at Fatih, Kadir Has, and Bosphorus Universities. She now teaches at Rutgers University/OLLI-RU  and Seton Hall University. She was a TUPP Fellow from 2015-2017.

Publications

 
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PCDI PROJECT OFFICER

David Rettenmaier

David Rettenmaier works with TUPP to develop the conceptual and technical framework for the Prometheus Collaborative Digital Initiative, an open-access digital humanities platform which effectively organize, store, and promote its burgeoning and evolving content across a number of disciplines, and enable the relatively seamless integration of a great deal of scholarly and performance materials related to it. Additionally, he is currently working with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities to help prepare the manuscript images and metadata of Percy Shelley’s The Triumph of Life (along with notebook in which it appears) for publication in the Shelley-Godwin Archive. In addition, he is beginning work on TEI encoding for the project. For several years, he has served as a Site Manager for Romantic Circles, a refereed scholarly Website devoted to Romantic-period literature and culture. During his tenure at RC, he has seen the site progress from a static HTML site to a dynamic, database driven site with an XML back end. Among his tasks at RC is to encode new peer-reviewed content in TEI-compliant XML. David holds a master’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is completing his PhD in English at the University of Maryland.

 
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TUPP Advisory Council: Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate

19th C. Seminars Planning Associate

Omar Miranda  

Prof. Omar F. Miranda teaches at San Fransisco State University. He specializes in the literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis in both his research and teaching on the global Romantic era. His current book project, Exile, Romance, and Global Romanticism, examines the revolutionary possibilities of exile and literary form in the Romantic period. His recent article, "The Celebrity of Exilic Romance" (published in 2016 in European Romantic Review), argues that Lord Byron's transnational celebrity, including the way that Byron portrayed it in Don Juan, was anticipated in the eighteenth century by the Venezuelan revolutionary and exile, Francisco de Miranda. He is the editor of a forthcoming volume of essays in Romantic Circles based on an international symposium that he organized in April 2017 in NYC to commemorate the bicentenary of the publication of Manfred (sponsored by the Keats-Shelley Association of America and the Byron Society of America). His book chapter on "Romance" in Clara Tuite's Byron in Context is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He is also a content contributor for both Oxford University Press's The Year's Work in English Studies and The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth Century Novel, 1660-1820, Ed. April London (forthcoming). His book reviews have appeared in the BARS Bulletin and Review 19. He has taught literature and composition courses at Boston College, The Juilliard School, and New York University as well as Spanish and English language courses at the Volkshochschule in Leipzig.

 
 
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TUPP Advisory COuncil: Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate

Melissa Studdard 

Prof. Melissa Studdard is an American poet, editor, book reviewer, talk show host, and Professor at Lone Star College. Her bestselling middle-grade novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah won a Forward National Literature Award and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. The accompanying journal, My Yehidah, was released in December 2011 and was quickly adopted by art and play therapists for clinical use in adolescent therapy sessions. Her book I Ate The Cosmos For Breakfast was one of the most acclaimed poetry volumes of 2014. Her short writings have appeared in Psychology Today, The Guardian, Southern Humanities Review, Harvard Review, Bettering American Poetry, Poets & Writers, and more. A short film (directed by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) of the title poem from Studdard’s I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Other poems of Studdard’s have been made into car magnets, telepoem booth recordings, and Houston City Banners. Prof Studdard is a teaching artist for The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. From 2010 to 2012, she was an editor for The Criterion: An International Journal in English. She currently serves as an editor for Tiferet Journal, a reviewer-at-large for The National Poetry Review, and host of the blogtalkradio program Tiferet Talk.

 
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TUPP Advisory COuncil: Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate

David Haven Blake

Prof. David Haven Blake is a faculty member and former chair of the English Department of The College of New Jersey, where he now serves as Acting Vice Provost.  David received a B.A. from Colgate University and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches courses at The College of New Jersey in 19th- and 20th- century U.S. literature and the relationship between politics and literature. Blake has written extensively on the history of fame.  He is the author of Walt Whitman and the Culture of Celebrity(Yale) and the co-editor (with his English department colleague Michael Robertson) of Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present (Iowa).  Blake’s most recent book is Liking Ike: Eisenhower,Advertising, and Rise of Celebrity Politics (Oxford), which won the Association of American Publishers’ 2017 PROSE Award for Media & Cultural Studies.  He is currently writing a book about wounding, retribution, and Islam in Moby-Dick.

 
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TUPP Advisory Council: Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate

Modernism Seminar Series Planning Associate

Jeff Grieneisen  

Prof. Jeff Grieneisen  is a faculty member of the State College of Florida where he teaches English and creative writing. His scholarly interests range across 19th and 20th century literature, with a special interest in Literary Modernism, and a particular interest in Ezra Pound's Cantos and the work of Ernest Hemingway. Prof Grieneisen is also interested the relationship of Modernist writing and poetics to Modern art and aesthetics, and how Modernism emigres from the cultural matrix of the late 19th century and the fin de siècle. His work on Walt Whitman is featured in the Singing Myself Together collaborative close reading video series. 

 
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TUPP Advisory Council: Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate

Catherine Waitinas  

Prof. Catherine Waitinas is a faculty member and Interim  Head of the English Department at Cal Poly. Her research interest include Walt Whitman and The Whitman Video Series, James Baldwin, TS Eliot, Literary Mesmerism, Literary Pedagogy, Digital Humanities and Open Educational Resources (OER). Some of her recent publicans include "Putting Students 'In Whitman's Hand.'"  D19: Digital Pedagogy and Nineteenth-Century American Literatures , ed. Jennifer Travis and Jessica Despain. University of Illinois Press: 2017; "'Animal Magnetism': The 'Cotemporary' Roots of Whitman's 'Is Mesmerism True?'" Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 34 (2016), 55-68; and “What Does It Mean to Open Education? Perspectives on Using Open Educational Resources at a US Public University.” Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education, ed. Patrick Blessinger and T.J. Bliss. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2016. 199-221.

 
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TUPP Advisory Council: Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate

 Beats & BLack Arts Movement Seminar Series Planning Associate

Yolanda Wisher

Yolanda Wisher is former Poet Laureate of the City of Philadelphia. She is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Contemporary Black Canvas, Radio Times, PoetryNOW, Ploughshares, and CBC Radio. Yolanda has been a Pew Fellow & Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. Wisher taught high school English for a decade, served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry Festivals. She has led workshops and curated events in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia, and U.S. Department of Arts & Culture. Wisher was the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and she is currently the Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary. 

 
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TUPP Advisory Council: Walt WHitman Project Planning Associate

Modernism seminar Series planning associate

Beats & Black Arts Movement Seminar series Planning Associate

J.T. Barbarese

J.T. Barbarese is a Professor of English at Rutgers University. He has published five books of poems and his most recent is Sweet Spot (Northwestern University Press, 2012). His poems and translations have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Poetry, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement, and his essays, literary criticism and literary journalism in Tri-Quarterly, boundary 2, The Sewanee Review, Studies in English Literature, The Journal of Modern Literature, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Review of Books. Since 2008 he has been the editor of StoryQuarterly.  

 
 
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TUPP Advisory COuncil: Walt WHitman Project Planning Associate

Dan Carrow

Dan Carrow is a New York-based documentary film-maker who specializes in telling the stories of individuals and groups whose narratives have been too-often ignored in American film-making. He has a special interest in the long, complex and often hidden relationships between European-American, Native American and African-American communities in rural and small-town America, and how spoken and written narratives about community, ethnicity and color are written and re-written as political and economic circumstances change during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Dan is a graduate of the CCNY MFA program in Media Arts.  

 
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TUPP ADVISORY COUNCIL: WALT WHITMAN PROJECT PLANNING ASSOCIATE

MODERNISM SEMINAR SERIES PLANNING ASSOCIATE

Rebecca Bowler

Dr. Rebecca Bowler is a member of the English faculty of Keele University. She has been a Research Associate on the Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project, editing the collected letters and complete fiction of the modernist writer Dorothy Richardson for publication with OUP, and is co-founder of the May Sinclair Society and General Editor on the forthcoming Edinburgh Critical Editions of the Works of May Sinclair, which will publish Sinclair's complete prose writings. Her monograph, Literary Impressionism: Vision and Memory in Dorothy Richardson, Ford Madox Ford, H.D. and May Sinclair was published by Bloomsbury in September 2016 and charts the modernist crisis of vision, and the way the literary impressionists Richardson, Ford, H.D., and Sinclair used new concepts of memory in order to bridge the gap between perception and representation. She is interested in all aspects of modernism, modernist aesthetics and modernist interdisciplinary historicism, from its beginnings in writers such as Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to how Post-Modern and contemporary writers and artists deal with the legacy of Modernism in our own times.

 
 

 

Board of Directors

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Stephanie Kromash Baum

Stephanie Kromash Baum is a writer and editor with experience in digital content creation, educational book distribution, and business management. She has voluntarily taught ESL and cooking, and embraces the notion of collaborative and agentive education. Most recently, she was the final manuscript editor of The Long March Home: An American Soldier's Life as a Nazi Slave Laborer (Hellgate Press, 2017) and Utilizing the Marriage of Image and Text to Improve Narrative Writing in Urban Elementary Students (Rowan Digital Works, 2018).  Stephanie earned her Liberal Arts B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her M.A. in TESOL from The New School.  

 
 
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Jonathan Gross

Jonathan Gross is a Professor of English at De Paul University, where for many years he ran The Humanities Center. He teaches courses in English Romanticism, 19th Century Literature, and World Literature. His interests lie in Transatlantic literature, specifically the conjunction of liberal modes of thought with literary writing, in the work of Lord Byron, Madame de Stael, Thomas Jefferson, Percy Shelley and William Hazlitt. He has edited novels, letters, and poems by aristocratic women of the Regency period, including Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire, Lady Melbourne, and Anne Damer. In 2014, he received a Fulbright to teach at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He was a Wicklander Fellow at DePaul (2014-2015) for a project on arts-integration in the Chicago Public Schools. In 2014, he completed a short film, Eye on the Sparrow: Afterlives of Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith, which first premiered as a play at the Old Town School of Folk Music. In addition to providing guidance and support to our organization as a board member, Jonathan is a frequent contributor to our Shelley Seminars.

 
 
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ONGOING & FUTURE PROJECTS PLANNING & COORDINATION CONSULTANT

Robin Hammerman

Professor Robin Hammerman teaches Literature at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she privileges class discussions and collaborative learning environments in which students with different learning styles may not only excel in the course but also develop a lifelong love of learning for its own sake. Her research interests include British Romanticism, Women’s Studies, Science Fiction, Comics and Graphic Novels, and the pedagogy of composition and rhetoric. She has authored and edited numerous scholarly volumes, including Ada's Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age (2015); Ethnicity and Englishness: Personal Identities in a Minority Community (2006); and Womanhood in Anglophone Literary Culture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Perspectives  (2007). Professor Hammerman is a member of Byron Society of America, the College English Association, the Keats-Shelley Association of America, and the Modern Language Association.

Publications