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Ed Madden Literary arts Editor

He never dipped or chewed tobacco, he took his camera duck hunting instead of a gun, and the cowboy boots he chose to wear in junior high were a lovely oxblood purple. By the time he joined French club instead of Future Farmers of America, Ed Madden’s parents probably figured it unlikely he’d stay on the farm. Madden received his BA in French and English from Harding University in Arkansas, his MA and PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Along the way, he also received a BS in Biblical studies from the Institute for Christian Studies—which really just means he can (sometimes) quote the Bible better than his students. Both a scholar and a poet, Madden is an associate professor of English and interim director of Women’s & Gender Studies at USC. He is the author of a study of modernist literature, Tiresian Poetics, as well as three books of poetry—Signals, which won the 2007 SC Poetry Book Prize; Prodigal: Variations; and Nest (forthcoming). He’s at work on a fourth book, Ark, focused on the last few months of his father’s living with cancer. He is also the co-editor of Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, which has just been selected as the first-year common reading text for USC-Upstate. His poems appear in Best New Poets 2007 and The Book of Irish American Poetry, and elsewhere. He joined Jasper as literary arts editor to draw attention to the really fine writers in and from the Midlands and to give promising new writers a forum. He lives with his partner of 18 years, Bert Easter, in Columbia.

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Kara Gunter Staff Writer

Kara M. Gunter was born and raised in Lexington, SC. She was a shy, idealistic child, and spent most of her adolescence day-dreaming and making art, and had no real concern for the prosaic matters of “real” life. She still doesn’t. When it was time to apply to university, deadlines were fast approaching when a friend happened to have a single, wrinkled application to one university in her backpack. Because of Kara’s lack of concern for all things that happen in a nebulous future, she filled out that solitary application and was accepted. Luckily, the school happened to be Winthrop University in Rock Hill. She graduated with a BFA in jewelry and metalworking in 2000, having studied with some of the most skillful artists in the southeast. In 2006, Kara decided it was time to get serious about art-making, and continued her education at the University of SC where she earned her MFA in sculpture. She works as an artist, teaches classes at the USC, and has just begun writing for Jasper Magazine. Kara finds the experience of writing for Jasper very gratifying as it allows her to explore Columbia’s rich art community in more depth. Kara’s mother is very proud that she is finally putting her competent writing skills to good use. Kara is in the midst of planning a summer wedding to her fiancé, composer Thomas J. Dempster. Her lucky number is sometimes 8, but always 13.

August Krickel Theatre Editor

August Krickel was born and raised in Columbia and fell in love with live theatre after teachers at Heathwood Hall told him that he would be playing Schroeder in the school’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. “There were no real auditions, they just told me,” he says. “And I made friendships among the cast that have lasted a lifetime.” August went off to Vanderbilt University with every intention of becoming an archaeologist—majoring in classics, studying overseas in Rome, and even doing a year and a half in grad school—but ended up back in Columbia working in fund raising, PR, and administrative jobs ever since. August picked up a double major in Drama in college, and had the chance to work with and learn from some incredible visiting artists from England’s National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, including a pre-Gandhi Ben Kingsley. Back in Columbia he dove into local theatre, doing shows at Town, Workshop, Chapin Theatres, and directing at Act One Theatre and was a regular contributor in the early years of the Free Times, doing reviews for Onstage Columbia since 2008. “I joined the Jasper staff to be able to share some of my passion for live performance with the greater arts community,” August says. “Local theatre is often the red-headed step-child of the arts, and I treasure the opportunity to spread the word about how much good work is being done locally.”

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