Dr. William Nesbitt received his Ph.D. in American Literature at Florida State University. His major area is American Literature after 1875. He started teaching in higher education in 1999 and has been at Beacon College (exclusively for students with learning disabilities) for ten years and has served as the chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department for four years. He teaches and conducts research within a variety of subject areas, including first-year composition, the contemporary essay, creative writing, world literature, British literature, American literature, Beat literature, African-American literature, Native American literature, women’s literature, the graphic novel as literature, industrialism and ecocriticism, and popular culture. He has published in journals such as Route 7 Review, The Southeast Review, and The Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. Conference presentations include the PCA/ACA National Conference, the Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA Conference, the Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research, the Annual American Literature Association Conference, The Burroughs Century, SAMLA, the International Conference on Critical Thinking, Whitman and the Beats, and the Annual International Film and Literature Conference at Florida State University.