Ross K. Tangedal is a third-year PhD candidate and teaching fellow in English literature, and current president of AGES (the Association of Graduate English Students). Raised on a cattle ranch outside of Plentywood, MT, Tangedal earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from Montana State University-Bozeman, where he studied under regional poet and Americanist Greg Keeler. Tangedal studies 20th Century American literature, with emphases on Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the profession of authorship in America. Tangedal has given several conference presentations focused on American literature between 1920-1960 and most recently published two articles regarding Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon ("A Few Practical Things: Death in the Afternoon and Heminway's Natural Pedagogy" and "Perfect and Cynical: Contextualizing Race in Death in the Afternoon"), both forthcoming in Kent State UP's Teaching Hemingway Series. His dissertation research is concerned with authorial paratextual elements in American fiction of the 20th Century and how those elements alter various textual and authorial modes, as well as comment on the business of literature itself. An avid book collector, Tangedal approaches literary study from a textual and bibliographic standpoint, with the cultural apparatus of book production driving his studies. He will begin his dissertation in Spring 2014.