Carolyn Mathews was raised in Pulaski County, Virginia. She received her MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in American literature and composition and rhetoric. Her interest in English education began here at Radford, where she received a BS in English, and continued at Virginia Tech, where she completed an MS in Curriculum and Instruction. Her prior teaching experience includes fourteen years in Virginia’s public schools and five years as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University. Her publications include "Appalachian Literature and the Adolescent Reader" in Two Decades of the ALAN Review, “Fabricating the Hybrid Female Self in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening” in Mosaic and “The Fishwife in James’s Historical Stream: Henrietta Stackpole Gets the Last Word” in American Literary Realism. She is also member of the Executive Board of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English.