Frances Botkin is a professor of English at Towson University, where she teaches British Romanticism, Caribbean literature, and gender studies. She has published articles on Maria Edgeworth, William Wordsworth, Sydney Owenson, and Jack Mansong. She has also edited with Paul Youngquist a special issue in Romantic Circles Praxis Series, “Circulations: Romanticism and the Black Atlantic”; they are currently compiling a collection of academic essays, creative work, and other intellectual endeavors, borne out of the Charles Town International Maroon Conference. Though she lives primarily in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Botkin spends several months of the year in Jamaica where she helps to organize the Charles Town International Maroon Conference. Dr. Botkin’s book Thieving Three-fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw, 1780-2015 will come out with Rutgers University Press in 2017.

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