Marissa Nicosia (co-founder, lead writer) is an Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Abington where she teaches, researches, and writes about early modern English literature, book history, and political theory. Marissa is insatiably curious about weird pamphlets, recipe manuscripts, and other rare books. Archival oddities, and modern responses to them, continue to fuel her investment in book history and manuscript studies. She has documented some of these materials on the group blog Unique@Penn, on her blog marginal notes, and twitter. Through the Andrew W. Mellon- Rare Book School Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, she has taken three courses at The Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Marissa was a contributing editor at the Appendix where she wrote about the bizarre futures of the Mistris Parliament plays and the challenges of roasting lobster.
Alyssa Connell (co-founder, contributing writer) is Assistant Director, Leadership Communications at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied British literature of the long eighteenth century (1660-1800), specializing in travel writing, book history, cartography, and epistolary fiction. She also taught classes on periodical culture, Jane Austen, eighteenth-century travel narratives, British Romanticism, and nineteenth-century fugitive stories, as well as a monthly community literature seminar in Philadelphia.