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Verna Kale

Associate Editor, The Letters of Ernest Hemingway and

Assistant Research Professor of English

11 Burrowes Building / 30 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1879

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD English -- The Pennsylvania State University
  2. MA English -- The Pennsylvania State University
  3. Fulbright full grant -- The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  4. BA English and German -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Bio

I earned my PhD from Penn State in 2010 with specializations in 19th- and 20th-century American literature and textual scholarship. I am the author of a biography of Hemingway ( Ernest Hemingway , part of the Critical Lives series published by Reaktion Books/The  U of Chicago P, 2016) and editor of Teaching Hemingway and Gender (part of the Teaching Hemingway series published by Kent State UP, 2016).  I have also contributed scholarship, essays, and creative nonfiction to The Hemingway Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, Barrelhouse, River Teeth, The Journal of English Renaissance Studies, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Richmond Family Magazine, among others. I taught for several years in the English, Rhetoric, and Honors programs at Hampden-Sydney College, but I am delighted to be back at Penn State working on the Letters Project (which is where I spent much of my time as a graduate research assistant) and teaching the occasional literature class. In my spare time I enjoy photography, volunteer editorial work for PRAI (Pediatric Research and Advocacy Initiative--raising awareness and research funds for PANDAS/PANS disorders), trivia (I am a Jeopardy! alumna and active LearnedLeaguer), gardening, tweeting (views are my own), and exploring Central PA with my family.