Ali Sperling is an assistant professor of English at Florida State University, where she teaches and conducts research on science and speculative fictions, queer and feminist theory, and the environmental humanities. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has written extensively on modernist and contemporary literature. Her work has appeared in the Bloomsbury Handbook of 21st Century Feminist Theory, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many others. Sperling has served as the IPODI Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University Berlin and an Affiliate Research Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin. She will be MC-ing the collaboration of poet Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and musician Larry Mitchell at Word of South, for the Sunshine State Biodiversity Group slate of events.