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The Editors are not Robots (Part Seven): Jeff Hodenberg

jeffs-bio-pic-smallJeff Hodenberg is a poetry editor and senior English major at USM. He considers himself a jack of all trades, enjoying myriad styles of literature and art (e.g. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Vonegut, Hemingway, Blake, Bukowski, Medieval and Gothic texts). On at least one occasion he has made the claim, “Paradise Lost is the greatest book ever written, and I will punch you in the face if you dare disagree.” As a philosophy minor, he enjoys the gritty ideas and questions posed by Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Baruch Spinoza.

Outside of his love of literature, Jeff enjoys video games (often until he has mere hours to turn in a paper), music (from Johnny Cash to Cannibal Corpse to Wu Tang Clan), comic books and graphic novels (Spawn, Aliens, and DMZ, to name a few), watching cartoons, and other things equally nerdy.

Jeff will be completing his studies at USM in the Spring of 2009 and moving to Japan to teach English for a few years. Beyond that, he will travel wherever the winds may take him to pursue his master’s degree and eventual PhD, thus allowing him to lord his lofty intellect over students everywhere

The Editors are not Robots (Part One): Seth A. Bishop

Seth A. Bishop is Managing Editor for Words and Images 2009. While a student of Political Science at the University of Southern Maine, he has made it a point to pursue interests outside of his major and, through doing so, has manufactured a relatively unique angle of vision influenced by Political Theory, Sociology, Cultural Studies, and Philosophy. The overarching theme of Seth’s studies has been the exploration of the interplay between individuals and social institutions, be they formal institutions such as the state, or informal abstractions of collective identity. He anticipates the completion of his degree in the Spring of 2009, at which point he intends to take a year off before applying to Graduate programs for Political Theory and a few interdisciplinary Social and Political Thought programs.

Seth’s literary interests are predominantly of the so-called ‘low art’ variety. An avid reader of comics and graphic novels, he considers the comic book to be a valuable yet often ignored cultural artifact that deserves greater attention as both an object of admiration and critical analysis. Toward this end, Seth is currently working on a content analysis of Captain America that examines the perpetually evolving nationalist narrative presented within the comic as well as the unique manner comics deliver collective identity narratives to disparate audiences. For similar reasons as his love of comics, he also appreciates film, science fiction in its various forms, and popular music.

Although his writing is exclusively academic, Seth appreciates reading prose and poetry. If he did not, one would assume he would not work for a literary journal.