Catherine Cucinella Catherine Cucinella is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University San Marcos where she also directs General Education Writing. Much of her research focuses on women poet and writers, body and gender theory, and ethnic American literatures, and she has written and edited two books on these subjects: Poetics of the Body and Contemporary American Women Poets. She also teaches courses in composition studies, pedagogy, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, she is editor of Border Crossings.