Zach Watkins is an English-Philosophy major at the University of
New Mexico. He presented his paper on the "Miltonic Satan in Tolkien’s The
Silmarillion" at the Tolkien 2005 International Conference in
Birmingham, England. This paper was published in the premiere issue of The
Grey Book. He has also presented papers at the 2007 Southwest and Texas
Popular Culture and Amercian Culture Conference and served as the 2006-2007
President of the UNM Hobbit Society.
Leslie A. Donovan is an Associate Professor of the University Honors
Program at the University of New Mexico where she teaches a variety of
interdisciplinary courses on medieval culture, small press publications,
and Tolkien. Her publications include works on Beowulf, Anglo-Saxon
women saints, nontraditional Honors pedagogies, and J.R.R. Tolkien. In
2002, her article "The Valkyrie Reflex in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord
of the Rings: Galadriel, Shelob, Éowyn, and Arwen" appeared
in Tolkien The Medievalist, edited by Jane Chance. She has also
published pieces in the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and presented on
Tolkien at the 2007 Southwest and Texas Popular Culture and Amercian Culture
for Volume 1, 2005
For the premiere issue of the journal, the five works published were selected
from peer-reviewed submissions by the twelve undergraduate students and one
graduate student enrolled in Professor Leslie A. Donovan’s Spring 2005
400-level Honors course. “Tolkien Studies for Advanced Readers: The Less
Traveled Road.” Students in this course wrote articles, served on the
editorial selection board, edited each of the accepted articles, and prepared
the website for the journal as well as a mini-conference at UNM in which all
students in the class presented the articles they submitted for consideration.
in addition to being an avid Tolkien fan, studies electrical
engineering at the University of New Mexico. Mike is a founding
member of the UNM Hobbit Society and is responsible for the management
(or mismanagement) of the Society webpage. Mike loves strategy
war games, drawing, and playing bass guitar.
Dawn Catanach enjoys scrambling her brains with dead languages
when she’s not coming up with crazy things with which to connect
Jason Degani was born January 24, 1983 (1/24) at 1:24 pm. A
native of Rio Rancho, NM, he moved to Roswell, NM ("Alien Capital of
the World") at age 4. He fears that he suffers from multiple-personality
disorder, evidenced by his two favorite television shows being “The
West Wing” and “SpongeBob Squarepants.” Himself a
Catholic, Jason is particularly attracted to the religious and spiritual
themes in Tolkien's work. He will graduate this spring with B.A. degree
in Physics and Astrophysics and a minor in Biology. He will be attending
the University of New Mexico School of Medicine next August with aspirations
of becoming a pediatric surgeon.
Kaity Glarborg is a psychology major minoring in Art History
at the University of New Mexico. Tolkien is one of her favorite authors,
though she thinks The Lord of the Rings would have been better had
it contained more female villains.
Wendy Haase lives in New Mexico, where she has been a resident
for eight years, although she was born in California. A sophomore
at the University of New Mexico, she plans to major in art history.
She first became interested in Tolkien’s works in 2002, thanks
to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films. Wendy enjoys
reading in her spare time; her favorite works include the Harry
Potter series, James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels, and Stephen
Caitlin M. Kirkland is a sophomore at the University of New
Mexico majoring in foreign languages; this love of strange tongues
aids her enjoyment of Tolkien’s varied created languages.
Sorrel LaVigne was introduced to Tolkien at age twelve with
The Hobbit. She is double majoring in music and nursing at the University
of New Mexico and is the current president of the UNM Hobbit Society.
She hopes to become a pediatric music therapist. She loves world
traveling, elephish, and girabbits.
Urvashi Parkhani is currently a sophomore at the
University of New Mexico, where she is earning her degree in Political
Science and French. Later in her academic career she hopes to go
to law school. J.R.R. Tolkien is her favorite author, though she
thinks that at the end of The Lord of the Rings Sauron
should have gotten the ring. (Only kidding!)
Trey Smith is an activist, writer, and soon-to-be bestselling
author. He will graduate from the University of New Mexico this
May with a degree in English/Philosophy. Trey has a broad array
of interests, ranging from Greco-Roman mythology to environmental
history. He recently won a top prize at UNM’s Undergraduate
Research Symposium for his work on the U.S. electoral system and
also won the UNM Outstanding Senior of the Year award. However,
Trey’s first love will always be the works of Tolkien. He
firmly believes that all of life’s truths and the secret to
happiness can be found in Tolkien’s work.
Rosamond Stewart is a Statistics major with a minor in Dance
at the University of New Mexico. She has begun a project of recording
Tolkien’s art through body modification. She tries to live
her life as all the good Tolkien characters have, taking his themes
Christopher Suski is majoring in Computer Science and minoring
in History at the University of New Mexico.
Zach Watkins is a proud English major at the University of
New Mexico and is scheduled to present his paper on the Miltonic
Satan in Tolkien’s The Silmarillion at the Tolkien 2005 Conference
in Birmingham, England. Besides harboring a pipedream of becoming
a rock star, Zach loves the work of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., the Star
Wars films, peanut M&M’s, and dressing like a true native
of the Shire.
Senior Editorial Assistant
Astrid Winegar is a graduate student in the Comparative Literature/Cultural
Studies department at the University of New Mexico and teaches Latin
for the UNM Classics department. A Tolkien fan since high school,
Astrid concentrates her studies on the influences of Norse mythology
on Tolkien's works in addition to postcolonial and Orientalist discourses
in The Lord of the Rings. Astrid is married and has two daughters.
One used to like Orlando Bloom, but dreads reading The Hobbit in
her 8th grade class; and the other hates anything even remotely
involved with Middle-earth (including Led Zeppelin).