About the Speakers

The author of Ideology and Henry Miller and Narrative Form: Constructing the Self, Rejecting Modernity, James M. Decker is Professor of English, Humanities, and Language Studies at Illinois Central College. His publications on Henry Miller and other subjects have appeared in numerous journals including College Literature, Studies in the Humanities, and English. Decker also edits Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal: http://nexusmiller.org/

Sarah Garland is a lecturer in American literature and culture at the University of East Anglia.  She is an interdisciplinary scholar of literature, film and art history. Her research interests include transatlantic modernism; the American avant-garde; taste, consumption, the body and the everyday aesthetic; canonical and non-canonical American literature of the ‘twenties and ‘thirties (particularly expatriate writing); collaboration across the arts, and image-text intersections, juxtapositions and configurations. She has a longtime interest in Miller’s work.  http://www.sarah-garland.com

Dominic Jaeckle is a doctoral candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, specialising in American transcendentalism. His work has appeared in volumes IX (2012) and X (2013) of Nexus: The International Journal of Henry Miller Studies, and he is the founder and principle editor of the independent literary press Faithless Arm. 

Indrek Männiste took his PhD in philosophy from University of Auckland (NZ) and since then has worked as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) and (currently) as a Research Fellow at the University of Tartu (EST). He is the author of Henry Miller: The Inhuman Artist – A Philosophical Inquiry (Bloomsbury, NY, 2013) and co-editor of Henry Miller: New Perspectives (Bloomsbury, NY, 2015).

Katy Masuga holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and a joint PhD in Literary Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington, Seattle and is a Maître de conférences in France. Her published works include Henry Miller and How He Got That Way and The Secret Violence of Henry Miller. She has also published on DH Lawrence, Beckett and Wittgenstein and teaches at Skidmore College in Paris.

Ondřej Skovajsa has recently defended his doctoral dissertation Written Voice: Leaves of Grass (1855) and Tropic of Cancer at Charles University, Prague. He prepared and translated a Czech edition Henry Miller’s Essays (Dauphin 2011) and is currently working on a Czech translation of Walt Whitman’s first Leaves (1855). He spent a year 2011/2012 as Fulbright Scholar at University of California, Santa Cruz, and works as an assistant professor of English at Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

Guy Stevenson is a PhD candidate and teacher of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmith’s, University of London. His principal areas of research are the 1930’s writings of Henry Miller and the literary essays of Ezra Pound in the 1910’s, 20’s and 30’s. Guy’s reviews and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, ranging from London’s The Times Literary Supplement and The Times to Toronto’s National Post. Along with Caroline Blinder, he is organising ‘A Gob of Spit in the Face of Art – A symposium to mark the 80th anniversary of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer’.

Henry Miller Library Director since 1993, Magnus Torén is responsible for creating a vital cultural and educational resource at the Henry Miller Library. Magnus has been championing Miller’s legacy both in the USA and internationally, including a talk on Miller at the Hay Festival of Literature & Art a few years back, as well as curating two week-long events that brought together some of the world’s Miller scholars and associates: 2014’s Aller Retour Paris in Paris and 2013’s Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He holds a skipper’s license and he spent the years between 1977 and 1984 (and 1994-95), delivering yachts across five of the seven oceans of the world. He made landfall in Big Sur and is married to Mary Lu, whom he met after she came to his aid after a harrowing motorcycle accident. (another story entirely!). They have a son, Stefan, 24 years old. Mary Lu and Magnus live on Partington Ridge in Big Sur, California.




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