Jan Keessen earned her PhD in English at the University of Chicago where she was the Norman Maclean Scholar. Currently she is Professor of English at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she has also narrated word histories for the College s arm of National Public Radio.
Bill Hannan's career as an artist started when he was in High School and sold his first commercial work. He has spent 34 years as a teacher of art at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL. Also pursuing a parallel career as a free-lance artist. He is an award winning calligrapher, bookbinder, illustrator, maker of Christmas cards and designer. Currently, he is retired from teaching full time and is following his dream of being a teller of stories in pictures.