Homestead is Professor of English and Program Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has published widely on American women’s writing and authorship from the late 1700s through the early 1900s. She is the author of American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869 (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and the co-editor of Clarence; or, a Tale of Our Times (1830) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick. (Broadview, 2011); Willa Cather and Modern Cultures. Cather Studies 9 (University of Nebraska Press, 2011) and E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist (University of Tennessee Press, 2012). Her most recent book is The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2021). She serves as Director of the Cather Project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Project Director of a Digital Edition of Every Week Magazine (1915-1918), and is the Associate Editor of The Complete Letters of Willa Cather: A Digital Edition.
Ashley Reed is Associate Professor of English and affiliate faculty in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. She is the author of Heaven’s Interpreters: Women Writers and Religious Agency in Nineteenth-Century America (Cornell University Press, 2020) and has published articles in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, Religion Compass, and Digital Humanities Quarterly.