Kristina Kasik Oakes earned her MA from Boston College and her BA from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to teaching at AU she taught high school English in Central Virginia and writing at Central Virginia Community College. Her academic interests focus on the creation of the self in writing and the exploration of how writing unlocks the inner psyche. Her personal interests revolve primarily around her three children and husband. In the little time left for herself, she enjoys knitting, swimming, watching British crime dramas, and reading contemporary fiction.