About Us

Searchable Sea Literature is an open resource providing peer-reviewed biographies of anglophone North American maritime authors, hundreds of individually searchable links to electronic texts of maritime prose by these writers, and a cross-searchable Google bookshelf of American literature set on the ocean or focused on the sea. Founded in 2009 by Richard King, staff, and students, the database emerged from entries printed in The Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and the Great Lakes, edited by Jill Gidmark in 2000 (courtesy of Greenwood Press). Peer-reviewed biographies are provided courtesy of this encyclopedia and other scholars since as we continue to expand. Current plans include to provide additional biographies, more links to selected criticism in “Further Studies,” and more multimedia materials. Entries are written and peer-reviewed by scholars; site editing, design, and research is mostly by undergraduates who are often students and alumni of The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport (Williams-Mystic).

Research Assistants Sarah Dohan and Rachel Earnhardt at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Editors: Ned Schaumberg and Alison Maas
Researchers: John Accetta, Beth Anderson, Maya Anderson, Anna Antonova, Kristen Bayrakdarian, Andrei Baiu, Miranda Cooper, Manuela DeOliveira, Sarah Dohan, Amy Duggan, Rachel Earnhardt, Leah Feldman, Tiffany Felix, Virginia Gresham, Megan Holmes, Jaehyun (Jane) Jeong, Gabrielle Joffe, Margaux Kanamori, Nicola Klee, Adam Lerner, Rachel Lewis, Dominick Leskiw, Eleanore MacLean, Emma McCauley, Alexandra McInturf, Beryl Manning-Geist, Marija Miklavčič, Claire Morgan, Svati Narula, Taylor Nutting, Ariel Petchel, Kiara Royer, Ben Seretan, Victoria Sheng, Lani Willmar, and Charley Wyser.
Web Development: Michael Burdick, Ryan Dillon, Aislinn Doyle, Virginia Gresham, Megan Holmes, Gabrielle Joffe, Eleanore MacLean, and Taylor Nutting.

Founding Editor: Richard King

Please contact us if you have interest in contributing a biography, being a peer-reviewer, or have any feedback at all.

Searchable Sea Literature
c/o The Maritime Studies Program of
Williams College and Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT  06355   USA
ngs3 [@] williams.edu

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