Mary Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College, is a leading innovator, artist, educator and designer, whose works have included everything from game-inspired art, to commercial games that shift people’s thinking about biases and stereotypes. Her interest in play and culture led to her acclaimed book, Critical Play, (MIT Press 2009). Her fifth academic book, Values at Play in Digital Games (with philosopher Helen Nissenbaum, MIT 2014), demonstrates that thinking about values is a key to innovation. Flanagan established the internationally recognized game research laboratory Tiltfactor (http://www.tiltfactor.org) in 2003 to invent "humanist" games and take on social change through games. At Tiltfactor, designers create and research catchy games that teach or transform “under the radar” using psychological principles. Ghost Sentence is her first collection of poetry.
Sarah Dickenson Snyder has written poetry since she knew there was a form with conscious line breaks. She has two poetry collections, The Human Contract and Notes from a Nomad, both published in 2017. Her poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, The Main Street Rag, Chautauqua Literary Magazine, Piedmont Journal, Stirring: a Literary Journal, Whale Road Review, Front Porch, The Sewanee Review, and RHINO. She was selected to be a part of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2011 & 2017. In May of 2016, she was a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press. One poem was selected by the Mass Poetry Festival Migration Contest to be stenciled on the sidewalk in April 2017, another poem was nominated for Best of Net 2017.
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"Incendiary, dizzying, deadpan, GHOST SENTENCE is a love letter, an ultimatum, a wildly poetic survival guide to the death throes of the patriarchy, our age of bogus authority, white noise, and disembodied menace.
Sarah Dickenson Snyder has traveled around the world twice, both for six-month sabbaticals while teaching English. In 2000 she and her husband, Ben, homeschooled their children, Abby and David, as they traveled across the Deep South of the United States to San Francisco and then off to New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Egypt, Scotland, and Italy.