Guest Writers


While The Middle Spaces has only had  a handful of guest/co-written posts, we hope to use the blog as a platform for more writers looking to explore comics, music or other forms of popular culture.  Please consult our Submission Guidelines, if you think you might be interested in contributing.

Eric Gershik

Eric G. is a native New Yorker who earned a BA in History from Brooklyn College. A passionate vegan who ran his restaurant Foodswings until it closed in 2014, he is seeking a suitable focus for the next chapter of his life. After about a 30-year gap in reading comics, he is again reading recent comics recommended by friends with a mix of great pleasure and concern. Eric also serves as The Middle Spaces’ copy editor.

Alejandro Jimenez

Alejandro Jimenez is an engineer currently living and working in Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. His childhood love of Dragon Ball Z grew into an adult love of comics and manga. He tries to tweet @ashejandro.

Robert Jones, Jr.

Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned both his B.F.A. in creative writing and M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Gawker, The Grio, and the Feminist Wire. He is the creator of the social justice social media community, Son of Baldwin, which can be found on Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Medium, Tumblr, and Twitter. His first novel is in the revision stage and he’s currently working on the second.

Orion Martin

Orion Martin is a writer and Chinese translator based in Brooklyn, New York. He writes about comics, art, and the ways that new understandings of comics can make them more meaningful to our lives. His work has been featured on Hyperallergic, The Comics Journal, and The Hooded Utilitarian. You can find him at

Joshua Plencner

Joshua Plencner is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Union College. After completing his PhD in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon in December 2014, he taught American Politics, Policy, and Political Theory at Drexel University. His teaching and research explore the intersection of American visual culture and the politics of identity, with specializations in the study of racial formation in popular culture, affect theory, comics studies, and American Political Development. His work has appeared in both popular and scholarly outlets, including Artists Against Police Brutality, Black Perspectives, and a forthcoming volume on religion and comics from the University of Press of Mississippi.

Mike Plugh

Mike Plugh is a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Communication Association and the Media Ecology Association. His research interests include technology and sociocultural change, education, community, and collective identity. You can find him at his eponymous blog, or on Twitter @mikeplugh. Mike believes that teachers teach and do the world good, while kings just rule and most are never understood…

Charles A. Stephens, Jr.

Charles A. Stephens Jr. attends Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he’s finishing up his doctoral work in literature, with a focus on film and graphic narrative, while teaching argument and rhetoric to impressionable freshmen. His dissertation analyzes the British Wave of comic book creators, led by Alan Moore, and their influence on American comics, via literary historical analysis of the title Hellblazer and the character, John Constantine. A diehard Grant Morrison fan and devotee of the Brit Wave, he loves almost all genres of music, beef jerky, metafiction, and bad cheerleader/dance movies. He is accompanied almost everywhere by his sidekick Flash the beagle. Check out more of his musings (and nag him to write more!) at

Paul Thomas

P. L. Thomas, Associate Professor of Education (Furman University), taught high school English in South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He is currently a column editor for English Journal (National Council of Teachers of English) and author of Beware the Roadbuilders (Garn Press). Follow his work at or @plthomasEdD on Twitter.

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