Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
Michele Schiavone, a native of Brooklyn, received her Ph.D. in English literature at Stony Brook University in 1989. A long time member and past president of the Sport Literature Association, Michele regularly presents papers at SLA and Popular Culture Association conferences on baseball fiction, poetry, and autobiography, focusing on African-American players and fiction concerning baseball's Negro Leagues. Her article in Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature on the influence of John Tunis's juvenile baseball fiction on Roth and Malamud, first published in 2005, was recently selected by Aethlon for its second ever teaching anthology. Serving as co-editor of the Sport and Recreation section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, she copy edits books of all kinds, including novels, memoirs, literary criticism, and art catalogues. She also studied Spanish in Madrid in 2009 and 2010 at Universidad Nebrija. A serious film buff and competitive Scrabble player, Michele sang in Marshall University's Choral Union for 20 years and enjoys collecting local art.